Ortho FAQs

Straight talk about your teeth. You may have been told that you need braces. Now you're wondering how braces will affect your daily life. Learn about what braces can do for you and what you need to do to take care of them.

Why do I need orthodontic treatment (braces)?
You need braces to correct a problem with your teeth, jaws, or both. You may have been born with a tooth or jaw problem. Or, habit like thumb sucking may have pushed your teeth out of place. Either way, braces can help you have a healthy smile that you can feel good about.

Who is an Orthodontist?
An orthodontist is a dentist after graduating from dental school with two or more years of extra training from a university accredited by the American Dental Association and certificate in orthodontics (straightening teeth) Only orthodontist are uniquely qualified to perform orthodontic services. Membership in the American Association of Orthodontists guarantees a Doctor is certified in the specialty of orthodontics.

What are the benefits of orthodontic treatment?

  • You will have a healthier and more beautiful smile
  • With better looks, you may have more self-confidence
  • Your teeth will be easier to take care of.
  • You'll less likely to have tooth decay, gum disease, or jaw problems.
  • Your teeth will be less likely to chip or break
  • You will have a better ability to chew food.
  • Better function and comfort with a proper bite
  • Guided facial growth for a more attractive face and profile
  • Better long-term health of the teeth and gums
  • Guide the permanent teeth into a more favorable position
  • Reduce or eliminate the need to extract teeth
  • Reduce the risk of injury to protruded front teeth
  • Better lip closure
  • Improved speech and swallowing
  • Aid in optimizing other dental treatments
  • Less strain on the jaw joints and muscles
  • Prevent premature loss of teeth and aging appearance
  • More balance and harmonized facial appearance

Does my family dentist trained to do orthodontics?
Family Dentist are general dentist who perform general dentistry. Although they can treat patients for orthodontics. However, they are not trained enough during their dental education in dental school in orthodontic section. Some attend weekend courses and provide orthodontic services in their office. To make sure that you will be treated by the right specialist, he or she should be a member of American Association of Orthodontists (AAO).

Does Family Dentist referral required before seeing the orthodontist?
The first person who can determine if you need an orthodontic treatment is your dentist. However, if you feel that you need a treatment, you do not need a referral from your dentist. You can call our office anytime and schedule your complimentary consultation. Then you will be informed of your orthodontic needs.

Do I have to wait until all the permanent teeth have been erupted before seeing the orthodontist for my kids?
No, many tooth alignment or jaw growth problems can be detected by age 6. Some of these problems are best treated early, avoiding a more serious problem later or eliminating braces as a teenager all together.

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