What are some of the possible benefits of orthodontic treatment?
Straight teeth make it easier for you to bite, chew, and speak effectively. Furthermore, it promotes healthy teeth and gums. Physical health problems can be alleviated or prevented by properly aligned teeth and jaws. An attractive smile is also a pleasant “side effect” of orthodontic treatment, which contributes to self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-image.
Properly aligned teeth are less likely to decay and develop gum disease. Plaque is less likely to accumulate on straight teeth. The bacteria in plaque feed on the carbohydrates in our diet. As a result of this bacteria, acids are produced that can lead to cavities. Periodontal disease is also associated with plaque. In addition, teeth that are properly aligned are easier to keep clean.
Is orthodontic treatment beneficial for an adult patient?
Yes, of course! Adults often seek orthodontic treatment in order to maintain good dental health and improve their smile. A healthy, straight, beautiful smile can be created at any age by adjusting teeth. The majority of orthodontic problems can be corrected as easily for adults as they are for children.
At what age should you visit an orthodontist?
Orthodontic treatment can benefit adults and children of all ages. Children should see an orthodontist around the age of seven, according to the American Association of Orthodontics.
How painful are braces?
It is normal to feel slight discomfort in the first couple of days after getting braces, as your teeth and mouth adjust to your new braces.
Should I brush my teeth more often if I have braces?
You should brush your teeth around four (4) to five (5) times a day if you have braces. In order to prevent food from becoming stuck between your teeth, you should brush your teeth after every meal, if possible.
What is the average duration of orthodontic treatment?
Treatment duration can be affected by a number of factors. However, there are some steps you can take to ensure that the process goes as smoothly as possible. If rubber bands are required, follow the instructions carefully.
When I have braces, how often should I visit my general dentist?
Keeping up with your general dentist’s appointments is very important when you have braces. Braces make it easier for food to build up in places where your toothbrush can not reach. Keeping your teeth clean and cavity-free requires regular dental checkups every 6 months with your general dentist.
Can I play sports or a musical instrument while wearing braces?
You have nothing to fear! Even though it may take some getting used to at first, braces will not prevent you from participating in your school activities such as sports or music. If you are playing a sport, however, talk to your doctor about wearing a mouthguard.
Please contact our office to schedule an appointment if you have any other questions or concerns