Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

Orthodontists diagnose, prevent, intercept and treat dental and facial irregularities.

These problems may include teeth that are crowded or too far apart, teeth that meet abnormally or don’t meet at all, teeth that stick out, and mismatched jaws. Orthodontists treat existing problems, and can identify problems that are developing, and take timely action to resolve problems before they develop. Orthodontists treat patients of all ages. They regularly treat children, adolescents and adults.

Bracket and wire braces and Invisalign aligners are the current treatments. They are both popular with orthodontists and patients alike.

Braces work by applying gentle pressure to the teeth. This pressure gradually moves the teeth into position. Brackets are attached to the teeth with archwires running through them. The archwires are reshaped periodically to move the teeth into a new position


The process is the same at any age. As an adult, you’ll need healthy bones, teeth, and gums. Older patients have rigid bones, unlike younger patients whose bones are still malleable. Knowing this, adult patient’s treatment may take a little longer but any age can benefit from straight teeth.

Orthodontic issues often arise from heredity conditions. A child whose parent has an underbite will often have an underbite issue himself. Children may have crowded teeth or have too much space between the teeth. They also may have protruding or missing teeth. In some cases, they may have extra teeth or abnormal jaw growth.

Orthodontic issues may be a result of excessive thumb-sucking, early or late loss of baby teeth. Mouth breathing and abnormal swallowing may also require orthodontic treatment.

Other issues that require treatments are poor dental hygiene, poor nutrition, and accidents where damage to the face occurred. Most of the above can be treated by an orthodontist.

You’ll find chewing, biting, and even speaking are reliant on having straight teeth. Straight teeth can reduce risks of tooth decay and gum disease. You can maximize your oral health easily with straight teeth.

It is important when undergoing orthodontic treatment to be mindful of what foods you eat. Hard and sticky foods are difficult to remove from braces, and hard foods can damage the archwires and brackets. Chewing on fingernails and pencils is also damaging to the brackets. There are special cleaning devices and methods to make sure your teeth are clean during orthodontic treatment.

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends screening all children by the age of seven by a trained orthodontist. The child may not need treatment until later but an evaluation at the age of seven will allow the orthodontist to ascertain future needs. If treatment is applicable at this age then the orthodontist will suggest early treatment. This will prevent other issues like surgery or more serious corrections later in life. This is called Phase I treatment.

Early treatment is suggested if a child has spent previous years thumb-sucking, or if the child has an early or late loss of baby teeth. Also, mouth breathing and abnormal swallowing can be addressed with early treatment.

In most cases, you will need a retainer. Teeth naturally move back to their natural position. Retainers are generally worn for the first 6 months after braces are taken off. Many will have to wear a retainer at night for a lifetime.

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