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Frequently Asked Questions ?
What is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is the specialty ofthat deals with the diagnosis, prevention, interception and correction of mal-positioned teeth and jaws. Also it is concerned with the study of growth and development of the jaws and face. Its aim is to improve the appearance as well as the function and maintain their stability.
why you should get orthodontic treatment?
The goal of orthodontic treatment is a beautiful smile and a good bite—meaning straight teeth that mesh well with the teeth in the opposite jaw and look great. A good bite makes it easier for you to bite, chew and speak. Many people find a beautiful smile adds to self-esteem, self-confidence and leads toward career advancement. We live in a competitive world and a great smile can give you the edge.
When to See an Orthodontist?
If you recognize any of these signs or concerns in your child or yourself, it might be time to schedule an orthodontic consultation
- You want a beautiful smile
- You feel a great smile will improve your self-esteem and self-confidence
- Early or late loss of baby teeth
- Difficulty chewing or biting
- Mouth breathing
- Sucking the thumb or fingers, or other oral habits
- Crowded, misplaced or blocked-out teeth
- Jaws that shift, make sounds, protrude or are recessed
- Speech difficulty
- Biting the cheek or biting into the roof of the mouth
- Protruding teeth
- Teeth that meet in an abnormal way or don’t meet at all
- Facial imbalance or asymmetry (features out of proportion to the rest of the face)
- Grinding or clenching of teeth
- Inability to comfortably close lips
Am I too old to undergo orthodontic treatment?
Healthy teeth can be moved at any age. Actually orthodontic treatment can be a part of a bigger treatment plan that includes other specialties of dentistry.. Orthodontic treatment can help you restore your teeth better and improve your overall dental health
The Right Time for an Orthodontic Check-Up: No Later than Age 7
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends all children get a check-up with an orthodontic specialist no later than age 7.
- Orthodontists can spot subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth while some baby teeth are still present.
- While your child’s teeth may appear to be straight, there could be a problem that only an orthodontist can detect.
- Early treatment may prevent or intercept more serious problems from developing and may make treatment at a later age shorter and less complicated. In some cases, the orthodontist will be able to achieve results that may not be possible once the face and jaws have finished growing.
- Early treatment may give your orthodontist the chance to: Guide jaw growth
- Lower the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth
Correct harmful oral habits
Guide permanent teeth into a more favorable position Create a more pleasing arrangement of teeth, lips and face
If your child is older than 7, it’s certainly not too late for a check-up.
Things to watch for in your children
if you noticed any of these signs in your child, please consult your orthodontist to make your initial examination and make sure that your child is on the right track.
CAN MY TEETH MOVE FASTER?
Typically, traditional orthodontic treatments take between 18–36 months to implement. This time depends on a variety of factors, of course, such as the distances the teeth need to be moved, treatment goals, the type of techniques employed and the unique situation of each patient. Accelerated orthodontics is broad treatment label that uses new technologies to reduce treatment time.
THE RIGHT AGE FOR CARE
Age is just a number… especially when it comes to your smile! There are no age requirements or limits when it comes to enjoying the advantages of a beautiful, vibrant smile.
Are all appliances to fix the teeth fixed?
Its not true that all orthodontic appliances are fixed, you can have your teeth fixed by transparent removable appliances . A series of clear aligners that are custom-made are provided to fit your teeth that gradually improve your smile. This treatment is discreet and virtually unnoticeable, it's removable, you can eat what you like during treatment.
Can poor habits and mouth breathing lead to problems in my childs mouth?
Bad Habits like thumb sucking and mouth breathing will definitely affect your child’s normal growth and will lead to the development of various malocclusions. Early recognition of the problem and its stoppage will lead to normal growth and development of your child. The longer your child continues to do abnormal habits, the more severe the malocclusion will develop.
Which treatment is the fastest?
This is a commonly asked question. Well, the answer to this question is that there is no specific treatment that is fastest and that the speed of the treatment will definitely depend on the severity of your problem. Also each person reacts differently and with different pace to the forces applied but
These important steps will make your treatment go as quickly as possible:
- Follow your orthodontist’s instructions on brushing, flossing, professional cleanings.
- Follow your orthodontist’s instructions on appliances activation and elastics wearing.
- Keep your scheduled appointments with your orthodontist and please avoid breaking your braces.
- Thanks to advances in technology, just about every type of treatment is relatively fast,
Can I get braces if I’m missing some teeth?
It can be possible for you to have successful orthodontic treatment if some teeth are missing, depending on your circumstances and your treatment goals. Orthodontic treatment may be able to close the space of a missing tooth, or may be able to create or save sufficient space for a replacement tooth/teeth.
Will my teeth be carious if I had braces?
Maintaining your good oral hygiene is crucial throughout all your orthodontic treatment time. All orthodontic appliances help accumulate food and bacteria on your teeth and increase the incidence of developing carious lesions. By good oral hygiene, we are helping you align your teeth and you are helping yourself safe your teeth and gums for your life time smile.
How often will I need to visit the orthodontist while I’m in treatment?
On average, you will see the orthodontist about every four to six weeks during treatment. This allows the orthodontist make the changes needed to progress through treatment and also allows them to keep an eye on your treatment progress, and monitor the health of your teeth and gums.