If you're about to embark on something so life changing as orthodontic treatment or just thinking about it, then you'll no doubt be full of questions such as: Why should I have my teeth straightened? or Do braces hurt? Here you will find the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions.
What is orthodontics?
Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that specialises in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. Braces, Aligners and other appliances/devices are used to make these corrections by moving teeth and bones.
When is the best time to schedule an initial consultation?
It is recommended that your child get an orthodontic check-up not later than age 7. Early consultation allows the orthodontist to determine the optimum time for treatment to begin. Early treatment can eliminate the need for more drastic measures. In some cases, satisfactory results are unattainable once the face and jaws have finished growing. With proper timing, children may not have to endure years of embarrassment.
What causes crooked teeth?
Just as we inherit eye color from our parents, mouth and jaw features are also inherited. Local factors such as finger sucking, pacifier sucking, high cavity rate, gum disease, trauma and premature loss of baby teeth can also contribute to a bad bite. One out of every five school age children have a severe bite problem so it is not surprising that you might need braces.
Why should I have my teeth straightened?
Poorly arranged teeth can break easily and can trap food particles that cause tooth decay and gum disease. Researchers found that malocclusions interfere with the chewing ability to break down foods which affects digestion and overall health. Finally, poorly arranged teeth detract from your smile which is one of the more important features contributing to facial beauty. You only have one chance to make that first impression!
How do braces straighten crooked teeth?
Braces use steady, gentle pressure over time to move teeth into their proper positions. The bracket is a piece of specially shaped metal or ceramic that we affix to each tooth. Then we bend the arch wire to reflect your 'ideal" bite. The wire threads through the brackets and, as the wire tries to return to its original shape, it applies pressure to actually move your teeth
Can adult benefit from orthodontic treatment?
It's never too late to have a beautiful smile! 20% of orthodontic patients are adults who in the pursuit of a healthier, younger, appearance include straightening their smile as part of their total body improvement plan
How long do you have to wear braces?
That depends a lot on you and how bad your bite is to begin with. Complex/severe bad bites take longer. The average treatment time is 27 months. The better you are following your orthodontist's instructions and taking care of your braces, the sooner your teeth will improve. Remember that no one else can wear your braces for you!
Do braces hurt?
There have been some fantastic advances in the way we do things now in orthodontics to make treatment more comfortable for our patients. These include smaller, smoother brackets, and gentler wires which provide a continuous light force over a long period of time rather than a strong force for only a short period. Typically there is some discomfort two to three days after each adjustment that regular pain relievers can take care of.
Will you have to wear retainers?
Retainers help keep your teeth straight at the completion of treatment. If they are not worn as instructed, your teeth will move, or tend to relapse. Retainers are particularly important right after the braces are removed while the teeth stabilize
Is orthodontic care expensive?
Orthodontic fees vary widely, depending on the severity of the problem, complexity of treatment and length of treatment time. The Orthodontist routinely discusses fee arrangements after individual examinations.
Is orthodontic care expensive?