When is the best age for the first orthodontic visit?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child receive an evaluation by age 7. An early examination allows the orthodontist to monitor the jaws and teeth development. Children under the age of 7 may also benefit from early treatment to correct habits, such as thumb or finger sucking, or tongue thrusting with abnormal swallowing habits.
Can orthodontic treatment start while younger children still have baby teeth: Phase I (Early) Treatment?
Yes, some orthodontic problems are significant enough to require early intervention. Early detection can have a tremendous impact on a young child's dental health and enhancing self-esteem.
An early treatment is to take advantage of a child's growth and to move jaw bones and muscles (also know as Dentofacial orthopedics) into the proper position. It can significantly minimize the need for removal of permanent teeth and future jaw surgery. By starting early, you have given your child the best chance for the best result.
How long does orthodontic treatment usually last?
The average time a patient wears braces is approximately 12 to 30 months. However, each patient is unique and the actual treatment time depends on patient's specific orthodontic problems. A few factors come into play for the treatment time: the amount of correction needed, the rate of the patient’s growth, the maintenance of proper oral hygiene, and the cooperation of the patient.
How often do I have to come in for appointments?
Most patients in braces will be seen approximately every 4-6 weeks. However, there are some specific situations that require more frequent monitoring, we will schedule appointments accordingly.
Do braces hurt?
Generally, braces do not “hurt”. Advances in orthodontic technology have reduced the discomfort associated with braces. When the braces are first applied and after certain adjustments, patients may feel some soreness and tenderness in the teeth and gums. These discomfort situations can be treated with an OTC pain-reliever such as Advil or Tylenol. After you get used to your braces, you probably won't even notice you have them.
Do I need to have teeth extracted for braces?
The new technology has provided advanced orthodontic procedures. The extraction of teeth is not always necessary for orthodontic treatment. In some cases, removing teeth is required to achieve the best orthodontic result. If you have teeth removed your braces will close up the spaces.
Do some kids get braces more than once?
Yes, In some cases an early intervention is necessary to correct some specific problems (ie. tooth size and jaw size discrepancy, crossbite, thumb sucking and tongue thrust). This early treatment does not mean children will not require braces once all their permanent teeth are present. This early treatment can however improve the overall outcome and can lead to a shorter Phase II phase treatment ( full braces).
Should I keep seeing my family/ pediatric dentist while I have braces?
Yes, it is very important that you should continue to see your dentist for regular cleanings and checkups to avoid any problems while in braces.
Is it too late to have braces if I am an adult?
No. Everyone deserves a beautiful smile......even adults. Brace are not just for children
Can I wear braces if I have crowns and missing teeth?
Yes, the tooth with crown will move just like a normal tooth. When the tooth is missing, orthodontic treatment can assist with the alignment of the remaining teeth.