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1 At what age should I schedule an appointment for an orthodontic screening?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic screening at age 7. By this age, several permanent teeth in most children have erupted, allowing us to effectively evaluate your orthodontic condition.
2. Will my teeth straighten out as they grow?
No, they will not. The space available for the front teeth does not increase as they grow. In most people, after the permanent molars erupt, the space available for the front teeth decreases with age.
3 How do I schedule an appointment for an initial exam?
If you or your child can potentially benefit from orthodontic treatment, simply call our office or send us an e-mail. We will be happy to schedule an appointment for you.
4. What will happen at the initial examination appointment?
Upon arriving, each patient will be asked for the new patient forms. The doctor will then complete a thorough clinical exam. Additional information, such as X-rays or photographs, may be needed for proper diagnosis.
5. What will I learn from the initial examination?
There are five essential questions that we will cover during the initial examination:
- Is there an orthodontic problem, and if so, what is it?
- What must be done to correct the problem?
- Will any teeth need to be removed?
- How long will the treatment take to complete?
- How much will the treatment cost?
6. Will I need to have teeth extracted for braces?
Removing teeth is sometimes required to achieve the best orthodontic result. Straight teeth and a balanced facial profile are the goal of orthodontics. However, because new technology has provided advanced orthodontic procedures, removing teeth is not always necessary for orthodontic treatment.
7. How long will it take to complete treatment?
Treatment time obviously depends on each patient’s specific orthodontic problem. In general, treatment time lasts from 8 months to 30 months. The average time frame a person is in braces is approximately 18-24 months.
8. How often will I have appointments?
Appointments are scheduled according to each patient's needs. Most patients in braces will be seen every 4 to 8 weeks. If there are specific situations that require more frequent monitoring, we will schedule appointments accordingly.
Braces do not hurt. Teeth may be sore for few days. In these situations, pain medicatins will ease the discomfort.
10.Can I return to school the day I receive my braces?
Yes. There is no reason you cannot return to school the same day.
11. Can I still play sports?
Yes. Ask for a mouth guard.
12. Do I need to see my family dentist while in braces?
Yes. Make regular visits to your dentist every six months.
13.How often should I brush my teeth while in braces?
At least 3 times a day
14. Can orthodontic correction occur while a child has baby teeth?
Yes. Some orthodontic problems are significant enough to require early intervention. However, if a patient is not yet ready for treatment, we will follow that patient's growth and development until the time is right for treatment to begin.
15. What is Phase One (early) Treatment?
Phase One treatment, if necessary, is usually initiated on children between the ages of 7 and 10. Phase One treatment usually lasts about 6-18 months. The primary objective for Phase One treatment is to address significant problems to prevent them from becoming more severe and to improve self-esteem and self-image.
16.Will my child need full braces if he/she has Phase One treatment?
It is best to assume that your child will need full braces even after Phase One treatment. The period following Phase One treatment is called the resting period, during which growth and tooth eruption are closely monitored. Throughout this period, parents and patients will be kept informed of future treatment recommendations.
17.Will my child need an expander?
At the completion of the initial examination, we will determine whether a patient will need an expander.
18 Is it too late to have braces if I am already an adult?
We can help you at any age.ther is no age limit if you have healthy teeth and gums.
19. Can I wear braces even though I have crowns and missing teeth?
Yes. A tooth with a crown will move just like a tooth with a simple filling. When teeth are missing, orthodontic treatment will aid in the alignment of the remaining teeth.
20. Why should you choose an orthodontic specialist?
An orthodontist ia a specialist in the diagnosis,prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities.all orthodontists are dentists, but only about 6 percent of dentists are orthodontists.