Posted .

Because orthodontics can be confusing and a bit overwhelming at times, we are happy to provide the answers to the following frequently asked questions. We believe this will help you know more about orthodontics as well as make things a bit clearer for you. If you have additional questions that are not answered in this blog, please call our office today and ask our friendly orthodontic team!

How do I know if I need orthodontic treatment?
Misaligned teeth, gaps between your teeth, and an improper bite are all conditions that need orthodontic treatment. If you aren’t sure how to test for an improper bite, simply bite down and see if your teeth fit perfectly together. If they don’t, you have an improper bite.

How many different types of braces are available?
Thanks to the technology in the orthodontic world today, we are able to offer four different types of orthodontic treatments: Traditional braces, ceramic braces, lingual braces, and clear aligners. Each of these appliances will gradually shift and chance your smile throughout time by gently applying pressure to your teeth. To find out which treatment is best for you, call our office today.

Can you be too old for orthodontic treatment?
No, you cannot be too old for orthodontic treatment. The only factors that do not allow the treatment are weak and fragile jaw bones and gums. However, if you have strong bones and gums, nothing can stop you from achieving your dream smile—not even your age!

At what age should a child first visit the orthodontic office?
You can bring your child into our office by the time they are 7 years old. Doing so will help you know if your child will need orthodontic treatment now or in the future. If necessary, our orthodontist can provide early orthodontic treatment for your child to begin correcting their smile imperfections now!

Will orthodontic treatment hurt?
The only discomfort you will feel with orthodontic treatment is tenderness and soreness, which is completely normal. These feelings result from the shifting and moving of your teeth, which is a good sign! The tenderness and soreness will only last a couple of days and you can relieve the discomfort with over-the-counter pain medications. You might also experience irritations from your appliance, which is also common. If your appliance is harming or bugging our lips, cheeks, and tongue, simply put orthodontic wax over the section of the appliance that is irritating your mouth.