Do you need braces but haven’t decided on whether you should proceed with treatment? Getting an extensive and costly dental treatment can be one we question one too many times which is why we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions to help ease some of your worries or concerns.
What’s an orthodontist?
An orthodontist is a specialized dentist who has received additional training and experience in orthodontics. They focus on conditions dealing with the mouth, jaw, teeth, and gums. Orthodontist diagnoses and treats overbites, misaligned teeth and jaws, and overcrowded mouth.
At The Center of Dental Professionals, we have two specialized dentists whose area of expertise lie in orthodontists and oral surgery. If you’re interested in learning more about our providers, click here.
How does orthodontic treatment help correct our bite?
Orthodontic treatment helps correct any bad bites. During treatment, your teeth undergo a constant, gentle pressure to move your teeth into a proper position.
Why is it important to correct our bite?
Although you may not see your bad bite as causing any problems, they can arise if left untreated. Depending on the condition of your teeth, you can experience some of the following complications:
- Tooth decay
- Plaque build-up
- Gum disease
- Tooth loss
- Speech problems
- Chewing problems
- Jaw problems
- Even cleaning your teeth properly
It’s recommended you get treatment early to avoid any further complications.
What’s the best age to get brace treatment?
There is no set age to get brace treatment. Orthodontic treatment can begin at any age whether you’re an adolescent or adult. Orthodontists can examine your teeth as early as age 7 to identify if you have dental problems. For a child, it doesn’t mean treatment will begin as soon they’re diagnosed, on the contrary, it is dependent on the growth and on how quickly their adult teeth erupt. In most cases, if you take your child early, an orthodontist can start discussing the best treatment option.
Are there alternatives to traditional braces?
With new technology advances in the dental field, patients and dental clinics now offer more options to brace treatment than traditional braces. At The Center of Dental Professionals, we offer 3 alternatives:
- Damon System
How long do will I need braces for?
Depending on an individual’s case, treatment can vary based on the severity of the problem and what brace treatment you opt for. But on average, patients can have braces between 1 to 3 years.
How much do braces cost?
Unfortunately, we can’t give you an exact number until you come in to have us examine your teeth. The price of brace treatment varies and depends on these three factors: severity of your case, the duration of treatment, and the type of braces you opt for. We recommend making a consultation appointment with one of our two offices in Salt Lake City to have your teeth examined and to discuss with our treatment and financial coordinator options for treatment, the cost details, and your financial options.
Do braces hurt?
We understand the concern that can arise from the idea that braces hurt, however, they do not hurt often. If anything, you may experience discomfort as your mouth gets adjusted to your braces. If you experience soreness after a dental appointment, don’t worry it’s natural to feel it since tightening the wires on a bracketing system adds slight pressure to align your teeth.
How do I care for my teeth when I have braces?
Now that you have braces, you want to take extra care of your teeth. Here are some tips for caring for your teeth during treatment.
- Brush your teeth gently after every meal.
- Use an interdental brush to clean underneath and around your braces and wire.
- Floss your teeth especially in the areas your toothbrush can’t reach.
- Avoid sticky and chew foods as well as hard foods to avoid getting foods stuck in your braces.
- Schedule your routine check-ups with your orthodontist to ensure your teeth remain healthy, and that treatment is going well.
Will getting braces interfere with my lifestyle?
The type of braces you choose will determine how much interference they will be in your lifestyle. For example, if you have one of the three bracketing systems expect to make a change in your lifestyle specifically in what you eat. If you are in a contact sport or activity, it is recommended wearing a mouthguard to prevent any injury to the mouth and teeth.
Invisalign is the only brace treatment which does not interfere with your lifestyle since they are removable aligners and can be taken out when eating or drinking.
Are retainers necessary after treatment?
Yes! After you have finished orthodontic treatment, you will need to wear your retainers for a year. Retainers play a critical part of your orthodontic treatment since it’s what helps hold your teeth in their new position. It takes about a year or more for your teeth to stabilize after treatment which is why you need retainers. Depending on your case, your orthodontists will prescribe a retention plan that’s best suited for you.