If you are interested in orthodontic treatment but you have many unanswered questions that make you unsure, we are here to help you! By providing the answers to the following orthodontic questions, we believe you will feel more comfortable and sure about the orthodontic process:
How do I know if I need orthodontic treatment?
There are many signs that mean you need orthodontic treatment, and some of those signs include crooked teeth, gaps between the teeth, and an improper bite. These are all serious problems that could lead to additional issues in the future, so it is important to get these problems treated with orthodontics.
How many different types of braces are available?
There are a few options to choose from when it comes to orthodontic appliances. Your choices include: Traditional braces, clear aligners (like Invisalign® or ClearCorrect®), lingual braces, and ceramic braces. Traditional braces include metal brackets and wires that are glued to the front surfaces of your teeth. Clear aligners are thin, clear, and plastic mouth guard-like appliances that are virtually invisible. Lingual braces also include metal brackets and wires but instead of them being glued to the front surfaces of your teeth, they are glued to the back of your teeth. Ceramic braces include metal brackets and wires glued to the front surfaces of your teeth, but the brackets and wires are tooth colored to give you a more natural look.
Can you be too old for orthodontic treatment?
No, you can never be too old for orthodontic treatment. The only factor that may prevent treatment is the health of your gums and underlying bones. If they are unhealthy and weak, it is best to avoid orthodontic treatment.
At what age should a child first visit the orthodontic office?
It is recommended that your child first visits our office by the time they are 7 years old. At this age, our orthodontist is able to evaluate your child’s smile and identify any problems that may result in orthodontic treatment in the future. If necessary, we can begin early orthodontic treatment to help your child grow into a strong, beautiful smile.
Will orthodontic treatment hurt?
Orthodontic treatment does not generally cause pain, but it does, however, cause some soreness. As your teeth move, your teeth and underlying bones become sore and tender. This is a good sign, meaning that your teeth are moving into their proper positions. Your orthodontic appliance may also irritate your lips, tongue, and cheeks a bit, but it’s nothing that can’t be solved with orthodontic wax.
If you have additional questions, please feel free to call our office today. We are more than happy to help you know more about orthodontics!