Braces & Orthodontics Questions
What are dental braces?
Braces are used by orthodontist in order to correct misaligned, protruding, or crowded teeth. They are used on both adults and children in order to correct these issues.
What are the different braces available?
Dental Associates possess a number of braces ranging from metal brackets to clear ceramic brackets. There are also invisible braces. The wide variety allows different treatments to be performed on the children.
What is malocclusion?
Malocclusion literally translates into ‘unhealthy bite’ and it is one of the major reasons for the need of braces. There are several forms of malocclusion like overbites, cross bites, underbites, along with overcrowding of the teeth.
Are braces required for everyone?
Those who opt for braces only do so in order to correct mild instances of crooked teeth. The procedure is done only for cosmetic reasons.
When should a first orthodontic check-up performed on a child?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children are brought to orthodontic evaluation before they turn seven. Such a young age is recommended so as to identify any issues even from the baby teeth.
What is the earliest to start wearing braces?
An orthodontist will determine the need for a child to wear braces. Depending on the severity of the malocclusion, the beginning and length of the treatment will be determined.
How long should someone were braces?
Depending on various factors, the treatment usually lasts from six months to even 30 months. Simple cases of malocclusion can be overcome quickly, but the average time of wearing braces is around 24 months. The patient’s dedication to the treatment plan also has an effect on the duration of the treatment.
Do wearing braces cause pain?
It is normal for a patient, who has just received braces, to experience soreness. This may last for several hours to days, but the body quickly adjusts to the changes. However, the soreness issue may return upon the orthodontist making adjustments to the braces at a later stage.
Who can help with braces?
Orthodontists have received several years of education in order to specialize in the field of orthodontics, which primarily involves treating aspects like malocclusion and assisting patients in facial development.
Would Orthodontists be in the same clinic as dentist?
Yes, dental associates who specialize in various aspects of dental health will be in the same clinic as an orthodontist, who specializes in areas like malocclusion.
Can an adult receive braces?
Yes, orthodontic treatments are available for adults and they would offer the same benefits that children may receive. Depending on the misalignment or spacing issues, it is possible for the braces to provide an attractive smile even for an adult.
Should certain foods be avoided while wearing braces?
Certain foods should be avoided so that the braces components can be negatively impacted. However, it will be only during the duration of the treatment.
Are orthodontist appointments similar in time?
No, the length of the orthodontist appointment varies with regard to the treatment procedures followed.
What is the two-phase orthodontic treatment?
In certain cases, the opinion of a pediatric dentist would be followed before being recommended to an orthodontist.
What about the cost of the braces?
The cost of the braces and orthodontic treatment depends on the patient’s insurance plan.
If you have questions about Orthodontic treatments, options available for you or your child please call our office in Palm Beach Gardens at 561-622-3100, a member of our team is always happy to assist.