Become Armed With The Facts!

The obvious potential reward for orthodontic treatment is straighter teeth that are less prone to decay and injury – but just as important is the boost to self-confidence that a better smile can provide. Invisalign aligners, Suresmiles braces, Lingual braces and other options can help you achieve that confidence. Adults now account for 25% of orthodontic patients. Treatment can be successful at later ages because the biological process involved in tooth movement is the same in adults as it is in children. As you prepare to make decisions about orthodontic treatment, it’s very important to be armed with the facts.


What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics (also referred to as dentofacial orthopedics) is a specialized form of dentistry, focusing on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial abnormalities.

Who is an orthodontist?

An orthodontist is a dental specialist who has received two to three years of additional training and experience. Your orthodontist is able to straighten teeth, correct misaligned jaw structure, and improve the function of your smile.

Why is orthodontics important?

Orthodontics can boost a person’s self-image as the teeth, jaws and lips become properly aligned — but an attractive smile is just one of the benefits. 
Alleviating or preventing physical health problems is just as important. Without treatment, orthodontic problems may lead to tooth decay, gum disease, bone destruction and chewing and digestive difficulties. A “bad bite” can contribute to speech impairments, tooth loss, chipped teeth and other dental injuries.

Who needs orthodontics?

No one can deny the importance of a winning smile. It makes a pleasing appearance, promotes self-esteem and is valuable to social and career success.
 Creating beautiful smiles is what orthodontics is all about. And today, orthodontic treatment is so convenient and affordable that individuals from childhood through retirement can reap the important benefits. Orthodontic treatment is important not only for a great smile and improved self-confidence, but for better dental health. Braces fit easily into today’s active lifestyles. They’re comfortable, easy to keep clean and less visible than in the past. New techniques and materials can extend the period between appointments, saving time and expense.

When should my child first see an orthodontist?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child should get an orthodontic screening no later than age seven. 
Many orthodontic problems are easier to correct if detected early, rather than waiting until jaw growth has slowed.
Early treatment may mean a patient will avoid surgery or other serious corrections later in life.

What are braces? Why do I need them?

Braces straighten and correctly position your teeth to give you a great smile.  Braces consist of brackets that are glued to the teeth and the wires that connect them to one another.  There are many types of braces to choose from, including traditional, self-ligating, clear, and lingual (hidden behind the teeth).  Of course an alternative to braces is Invisalign® which is a series of clear removable aligners that cover the teeth.

What’s the right age for Orthodontic Treatment?

The right age can be any age. Early examination allows us to determine when your child should be treated for maximum improvement – in the least amount of time and at the lowest cost. Certain treatment techniques provide significant benefits for patients between 6 to 11 years old. Treatment during these growth stages can achieve results not possible once face and jawbones have finished growing.
 Full orthodontic treatment with braces generally starts after all the permanent teeth are in place, usually at ages 12 or 13.

Who says braces are just for kids?

Certainly not the estimated 1 million adults in the United States who have chosen orthodontic treatment as the route to better oral health and emotional well-being. 
Adults are discovering that today’s high-tech materials are light-years away from the “metal mouth” look they may have been familiar with as teenagers. Invisalign (clear aligners) and clear or tooth colored bracket options are recent innovations that use sophisticated engineering to ensure less time is spent in braces.

Can it be too late for a person to be fitted with braces?

No, its never too late because healthy teeth can be moved at any age. Orthodontists can improve the smile of practically anyone. In fact, orthodontists regularly treat patients in their 40′s, 50′s and older!

What about costs?

Cost will vary, of course, depending on the nature of the treatment plan.  You may be surprised to discover that orthodontics is less expensive than you thought.
  We offer several options to help ease the cost of your braces.  We will work with you to find a payment plan that fits your budget.  We offer several interest-free payment options. We also offer family discounts and cash-up-front savings.  To make things easier for you, we file insurance claims for you and offer automatic bill pay.  Of course, when considering your investment it is important to keep in mind the lifetime value that orthodontic treatment provides.

While in treatment, how can I take care of my teeth?

First, you should ALWAYS brush your teeth after each and every meal. You should also floss at least once a day.

Here are more tips to help you take care of your teeth and braces:

1. Use toothpaste containing fluoride. You can also get a fluoride rinse from your orthodontist or family dentist to help prevent cavities!
2. If you take your retainer out to eat, always put it in a safe place so it doesn’t get lost.
3. You should clean your retainer by gently brushing it with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Don’t ever put it in boiling water or run it through the dishwasher.
4. It’s important to avoid foods that are sugary. They increase the bacteria in your mouth and cause more plaque to develop on your teeth, opening the door for cavities.
5. Avoid sticky and chewy foods like chewing gum, Skittles, gummy fruit snacks, hard foods like chips, hard bread, hard candies, ice cubes or nuts, or any food that could become stuck in your braces, such as corn on the cob or taffy.
6. Keep going to your family dentist every six months for a checkup and cleanings.

How long do I have to wear braces?

Every patient is different and responds to treatment differently. Some treatment times can be as little as six months or as long as 30 months. On average, standard orthodontic treatment with braces is completed within 24 months.

Do braces hurt?

Braces usually don’t hurt. They’re made out of materials that are much more comfortable than they were decades ago. However, you may feel mild tenderness or some irritation for a few days as your gums, teeth, mouth and cheeks adjust to new braces.

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