Sun, Jul 29, 2012
What is orthodontic treatment?
Orthodontic treatment can involve the extraction of teeth, wearing of braces (removable or fixed) and very occasionally surgery.
Why might I need orthodontic treatment?
There are 3 main reasons for having orthodontic treatment:
- To improve the appearance of the teeth
- To improve the health of the teeth and gums
- To improve function i.e. to make it easier to eat
What types of braces are there?
There are two types. There are those which can be removed for cleaning, known as removable braces.
The second type of brace is fixed to the teeth and cannot be removed for cleaning.
When will the brace be fitted?
This depends very much on the teeth being present in the mouth and the stage of growth of the face and jaws.
How long will treatment take?
Treatment with braces usually takes between 6-24 months to complete.
If teeth need to be extracted who will do this?
Your own dentist usually does this a few weeks prior to having your braces fitted.
Is it painful?
Having the brace fitted is not painful. However, it is common to have slightly tender teeth for 3 – 5 days after each fitting and adjustment appointment.
How often will I need an appointment?
Once your brace has been fitted you will need frequent and regular appointments with the orthodontist for it to be adjusted.
Will the brace affect what I can eat?
For your orthodontic treatment to work well and in the shortest possible time it is important you take care of your teeth and brace. In order to prevent damage to both, you will need to avoid the following:
- Toffees, boiled sweets, sugared chewing gum, chocolate bars, etc.
- Fizzy drinks including diet drinks, excessive amounts of fruit juice.
- Hard foods which might damage the brace such as crunchy apples, crusty bread, etc. Hard foods can be eaten with care if you cut them up first.
Orthodontics is a specialist branch of dentistry that is concerned with the development and management of irregularities and abnormalities in the teeth and jaws. Many people are confused as to the difference between orthodontists and dentists, but orthodontists have undergone several years of further training in order to qualify as specialists in orthodontics.
The field of orthodontics largely focuses on treatments (such as braces, plates, headgears and functional appliances), as well as problems pertaining to the jaw. The aim of orthodontics is to produce a healthy, functioning bite, creating higher resistance to disease processes and improving your personal appearance. Many patients find that orthodontic treatment contributes to both their mental and physical wellbeing.
This unique field of dentistry has come a long way. Nowadays, children, teens, and adults of all ages are taking advantage of the convenience of orthodontics.
There is an orthodontic solution for every individual, every lifestyle and every budget. The costs for treatment and care vary with the complexity and duration. Orthodontics can fix anything from tooth irregularity, disproportionate jaws, or both. It can be focused on dental displacement or can deal with modification of facial growth. Generally, individuals rely on orthodontics for aesthetic reasons in order to achieve a perfect smile. However, more serious orthodontics can be used to reconstruct the entire face.
Orthodontics can improve teeth and smiles at any age. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children start to see an orthodontist around the age of 7.
We are always available to talk with you and address your concerns. Please feel free to contact us during the following hours through our office phone number or e-mail address.
If you are an established patient who is experiencing an orthodontic emergency that cannot wait until the next business day. Please call our after hours number at
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754 S. Val Vista Dr., Suite 107
Gilbert, AZ 85296
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