Get some answers to some common questions.
Below is a list of the many benefits you may receive from orthodontics:
- More confidence
- Higher self-esteem
- Improved ability to chew food which also helps digestion
- Alleviation of speech impairment
- Easier to brush, clean and floss teeth
- Reduced cavities
- Reduction in tooth decay
- Reduction in gum disease
- Bone erosion
- Reduced grinding and chipping of teeth
- Reduced risk of injury from protruding teeth
Orthodontics are not only for pretty teeth. A good healthy bite helps eliminate other health problems in later years. It also helps save teeth from excessive wear.
Orthodontic treatment can prevent:
- tooth decay
- gum disease
- tooth loss
- difficulty in speaking clearly
- difficulty in chewing properly
- abnormal wear to tooth enamel
- jaw problems
In a crossbite, the upper teeth sit inside the lower teeth. This may cause misaligned jaw growth, fractured teeth, abnormal tooth wear, and jaw joint problems. This tooth position will not improve with time and can be more challenging to correct as the patient becomes older.
Crowding occurs when teeth have insufficient room to erupt. This can cause the teeth to be positioned in the wrong place and the wrong angle. This will put the teeth at risk for resulting in chipped and worn front teeth. It also makes it more difficult to clean the teeth and gums, which can result in inflamed, red puffy gums and cavities.
Midlines not Matched
Dental midlines that do not match are evident when the two upper front teeth and the two lower front teeth do not line up. This may negatively impact proper jaw and dental function. It is usually caused by the bite being off on one, or both sides.
Proper chewing is impacted by an open bite. In this situation, the upper and lower front teeth do not touch or overlap one another. Openbites may be caused by habits such as thumb sucking or tongue thrusting. Overbites cause excessive wear of the contacting teeth and jaw joint problems. Correction of severe cases in growing children can be simply addressed with the use of a custom appliance. The correction of a severe open bite in an adult may require jaw surgery.
In an overbite, the upper front teeth overlap the lower front teeth in excess (>2mm). In severe cases, this can cause the lower front teeth to traumatize the gums behind the upper front teeth or produce excessive, unhealthy wear of the edges of the lower front teeth.
Protrusion is characterized by the upper front teeth extending too far in front of the lower teeth. Several causes for this condition exist including excessive spaces between the upper front teeth, crowding between the lower front teeth, or deficient growth of the lower jawbone. Treatment of this condition is directed toward correcting the causative element
Spacing problems may be caused by missing teeth, a tongue which pushes the teeth outward, small teeth, an improper bite or a very wide jawbone. This can create areas “food trap” areas which lead to an unhealthy environment for the teeth and gums if the food is not immediately removed.
An underbite can be caused by excessive growth of the lower jawbone or insufficient growth of the upper jawbone. This can result in the lower front teeth being in front of the upper front teeth. This positions the bite in a healthy relationship, making it challenging for the patient to bite food with the front teeth. Since an underbite is often a growth imbalance, it can become more pronounced as the patient grows.
The best age to schedule a consultation is around 6-7 years old. At this age issues such as crowding or uneven bite will become apparent and the orthodontist can determine the urgency of when treatment is needed. Having a consultation this early does not indicate that your child will get braces right away.
The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that all children get a check-up with an orthodontist at the first recognition of the existence of an orthodontic problem, but no later than age 7. Few patients will need to begin treatment that young, but there are some who will benefit from early intervention. For these patients, treatment is likely to consist of guiding the growth of the jaws so that the permanent teeth are in good positions as they come in
A check-up while some baby teeth are still present, and while the face and jaws are growing, may reveal that immediate treatment is not necessary, but that the child could benefit from treatment in the future. In these cases, the patient visits the orthodontist periodically to monitor growth and development. This “watchful waiting” gives the orthodontist the opportunity to advise parents when the best time is for that child to begin treatment. Often the orthodontist is able to take advantage of predictable periods of a patient’s growth and intervene so that orthodontic treatment can have the best results possible. There are some things that cannot be accomplished once the face and jaws are no longer growing.
It is best to schedule a consultation to determine what is right for you.
Separators (spacers) are placed between the molars, to create space between them, before molar bands are fitted.
If a separator falls out 2-3 days before banding appointment, the patient does NOT need to come back and get them replaced. If more than 3 days, the patient NEEDS to come back and get them replaced.
Adult orthodontic treatment may take a little longer than children’s treatment due to denser bone tissue in adults. Overall, the time required for orthodontic treatment is shorter than it was in the past. Members of the American Association of Orthodontists report that the average length of orthodontic treatment is 22 months.
Usually, the Orthodontist will want to see you every 4-6 weeks periodically.
American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) Board Certification is a voluntary credential that represents an orthodontist’s personal and public commitment to the standards of specialty practice and lifelong learning. A Board Certified Orthodontist has reached this level of achievement by pursuing additional voluntary education and ongoing self- assessment. Board Certification is confirmation of an orthodontist’s personal commitment to providing lifelong quality patient care.
Most orthodontic patients experience some discomfort the first week after their braces are put on, and right after the braces are adjusted. You can use aspirin, non-aspirin pain reliever or ibuprofen to ease the discomfort.
At the end of the treatment, you will be provided with a retainer. A retainer is a device worn full or part-time after braces have been removed. The retainer is designed to prevent your teeth from drifting or moving while the bone around your teeth hardens and stabilizes. The longer you wear your retainer, the better your chances that your teeth will not relapse. Retainers provide assurance that your teeth will stay in perfect alignment while your jaw continues to grow or develop. We recommend that retainers are worn a lifetime.
Yes, we do offer payment plans with no interest.
Most of the insurances cover the Orthodontics treatment. Our office staff will check with your insurance prior to your visit.
Yes. FSA/HSA cards are accepted in our office and they will pay towards any dental treatment including braces.