Orthodontic Treatment 101: Everything You Need to Know
Having a beautiful smile not only completes your look but also improves confidence. Unfortunately, because of crooked and poorly positioned teeth, not everyone has a beautiful smile. Furthermore, crooked teeth can cause dental decay and lead to other invasive dental procedures such as tooth extraction. However, with orthodontic treatment, you can improve your dental alignment, teeth positioning, and appearance.
Although orthodontic treatment is classified as cosmetic dentistry, it more than that. With proper orthodontic treatment, you can correct and preserve your teeth.
Below we answer some common orthodontic treatment questions.
What is Orthodontic Treatment?
Orthodontics is a dental service that diagnoses, treat, and prevent teeth misalignment. Not only that, but the treatment can also be used to correct your gums and facial growth.
Who Should I See for My Orthodontic Treatment?
Although dentists can offer some orthodontic treatments, orthodontists are licensed to provide the services. Unlike a general dentist, orthodontist receives two to three years of specialized education where they learn about proper alignment and related conditions.
When Is Orthodontics Recommended?
After the assessment, the orthodontist may recommend orthodontics to correct several dental problems such as:
- Misplaced midline
Premature loss of primary teeth. These can be rectified with space maintainers to protect the space until the permanent teeth erupt.
Correct impacted teeth
Am I Too Old for Treatment?
Orthodontic treatment is generally used by children, but adults can benefit too. Regardless of your age, you can use the orthodontics to create a better bite and decrease the risk of dental problems. Our orthodontist will help determine which orthodontic treatment is suitable for you.
How Long Will the Orthodontic Treatment Last?
The length of chosen orthodontic treatment will depend on your dental condition, severity, and treatment. For braces and temporary anchorage devices, the procedure can last for two years or less. Other treatments, such as jaw surgery, may take a few days to completely recover.
Is Orthodontic Treatment Ideal for Gum Disease?
Some people have uneven gums either due to genetics or periodontal disease (causes gum recession). For treatment, our dentist may recommend gum reshaping with laser surgery that can correct the gums and restore your appearance. However, you will need to have regular dental visits with your dentist or periodontist.
When is the Right Time to See an Orthodontist?
The American Dental Association of Orthodontics recommends bringing your child for their first orthodontic treatment at age seven. For children, orthodontic treatment begins between eight and 14 years. The bone and teeth develop during this period, and that is the right time to correct the teeth and prevent misalignment. That’s not to say adults can’t visit an orthodontist when you notice abnormality with your dental alignment.
How Many Dental Appointments Do I Need?
Again, this will depend on the type of braces you choose. However, on average, you need to visit the orthodontist once every six weeks for brace adjustment and assessment.
Will The Treatment Hurt?
No, there is no pain, but you will feel discomfort once the braces are fixed, and every time the metal brackets are adjusted. The pain, however, is short-lived, and rarely will you need pain relievers.
How Much Does Orthodontic Treatment Cost?
The cost of the orthodontic treatment will depend on the complexity, length of treatment, and severity of the dental condition. Contact us, and we will discuss the cost and financing plans available for financing your procedure.
What Is Your Role During the Orthodontic Treatment?
For the treatment to be successful, you need to cooperate with the orthodontist. Plus, practice proper hygiene to prevent the accumulation of food particles that can cause decay and loosening of the wires. Also, avoid playing high-impact sports without wearing mouthguards to keep the braces from breaking. Don’t forget to follow the orthodontist instructions and have regular dental checkups.
Come for Your Treatment
Having misaligned and crooked teeth dampers not only your appearance but also dental health. Schedule an appointment or visit the Dental Spa for an assessment and discussion on which orthodontic treatment is ideal for you.