Frequently Asked Questions About Orthodontics
What is orthodontics?
Orthodontics (also known as dentofacial orthopedics) is a branch of dentistry that focuses on the detection, treatment, and prevention of dental and facial irregularities.
What is an orthodontist?
An orthodontist is a dental professional with extra training and experience of two to three years. Straightening teeth, correcting incorrect jaw structure, and improving the function of your smile are all things that an orthodontist can help you with.
What’s the best age to visit the orthodontist?
If you want to enhance the beauty and quality of your smile, any age is a good time to visit an orthodontist. However, children should see an orthodontist around the age of seven, according to the American Association of Orthodontists. But it doesn’t mean orthodontic treatment is limited to children and teenagers and it shouldn’t stop you from reaching the best orthodontist in your area. With around one out of every five orthodontic patients being beyond the age of 21, it is proven that any time is an excellent time to visit the orthodontist, whether you’re considering treatment for yourself or your child.
How can I take care of my teeth if I’m wearing braces or a retainer?
- Always clean your teeth after each meal and floss at least once every day.
- Use fluoride-containing toothpaste, and consult your orthodontist or family dentist whether you require a fluoride rinse. This will aid in the prevention of cavities.
- If you remove your retainer to eat, remember to clean your teeth, floss, and store the aligner safely in its container so you do not misplace or break it.
- Brush your retainer lightly with a toothbrush and toothpaste to keep it clean as well. You can also soak it in denture cleanser if your orthodontist recommends it. Do not put your retainer in the dishwasher or hot water.
- While going through your treatment, try to avoid meals that include a lot of sugar, since this can increase the number of bacteria in your mouth, which will lead to increased plaque and perhaps cavities.
- Avoid foods that are sticky or chewy (caramel, chewing gum, gummy bears), hard (hard candy, nuts, ice cubes), or that might become trapped in your braces (corn on the cob, soft bagels, ribs, taffy, etc.)
- Make an appointment with your family dentist regularly. It is suggested that you see the dentist every six months.
What are braces?
Braces are a great appliance to help enhance the appearance and feel of your smile. There are various types of braces to select from, including:
- Self-ligating braces
- Clear braces
- Lingual braces
- Ceramic braces
- Traditional metal braces
- Invisible braces
If I get braces, how long do I have to wear them?
Because every smile reacts to treatment differently, the length of time spent in braces will vary from patient to patient. Treatment periods range from six to thirty months, although most typical treatments last around 22 months.
Do braces hurt?
Braces are rarely painful; however, you may experience some discomfort for a few days while your teeth, gums, cheeks, and mouth adjust to your new braces.
Do I need to brush my teeth more often if I have braces?
Brush your teeth at least three times a day while wearing braces to keep your teeth, gums, and mouth healthy and clean. Brushing your teeth regularly will assist remove any food that gets stuck between your braces. You should floss every day to get in between your braces where your toothbrush can’t. Once your braces are in place, your orthodontist may instruct you on how to brush and floss properly.
If I have braces, do I still need dental checkups every six months?
Yes! In fact, people undergoing orthodontic treatment should see their dentist frequently. Food can become trapped in places that your toothbrush can’t reach. Bacteria build up as a result, which can lead to cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease. Your dentist and orthodontist will work together to keep your teeth clean and healthy while you wear braces.
Will my braces interfere with my school activities like sports, playing an instrument, or singing?
When you initially acquire your braces, playing an instrument or engaging in a contact sport may take some adjustment, but braces will not prevent you from participating in any of your school activities. If you participate in a contact sport, you should wear a mouthguard to protect your braces or appliance.
How do I schedule my next appointment?
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