Orthodontics Frequently Asked Questions
What do orthodontists do?
Orthodontists address problems with the teeth and jaw. They can correct bite alignment, tooth spacing, and even balance facial features.
Why should I get orthodontic treatment?
Problems with tooth and jaw alignment are not merely cosmetic. In addition to making you look better and improving your self-esteem, orthodontic treatment can prevent uneven wearing of the teeth, tooth decay, bone loss, TMJ, digestive problems, and more.
When should treatment start?
The right age for treatment depends on the patient. Treatment can begin as early as age seven. Keep in mind that no one is ever too old for treatment.
How can I tell if I need treatment?
We suggest that you do not attempt to self-diagnose. While some problems are easy to see, not all are. It is best to let a professional determine if there is a problem that needs to be addressed.
Do braces hurt?
For a short while after they are placed and after each adjustment, braces will cause soreness. This does go away and is not a major concern.
How long will I be in treatment?
That depends on the treatment used and your needs. It could be as short as six months or as long as 30.
How frequent are appointments?
This also depends on the type of treatment. Some treatments need adjustments once a month, others require monitoring every 10 weeks.
Will I need to have teeth pulled?
When teeth are severely crowded and the patient is in their teens are older, tooth extraction is needed to make room for all teeth to sit properly.
Do I still need to see the dentist?
Yes, dentists and orthodontists do different work. You will still see your dentist every six months during treatment.
Will I need a retainer?
Yes, without a retainer, the teeth will migrate back to their original positions.
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