While perfectly straight teeth are desired, many patients must resort to some type of teeth straightening method to achieve this goal. There are many types of braces available; to determine what is best for you, a consultation with your orthodontist will help with your decision. Some general questions include:
How do I find a good orthodontist?
Your family dentist will usually be the best person to give a referral; however, a trusted friend or family member that has a favorite orthodontist that served them well is another option for consideration.
At what age should my child see the orthodontist?
A visit at around age 7 will allow an exam that will provide a basis for teeth straightening that might include things such as palatal expanders, teeth extraction, or space maintainers to name a few. Early intervention allows your orthodontist to provide action while your child is still growing such as enlarging the jaw to accommodate newly erupting teeth.
What should I look for in an orthodontist?
During the consultation, you should feel comfortable asking questions. If you are uncomfortable, or don’t feel your inquiries are addressed, you need to reach an understanding with this provider or consider someone different. In addition, since you will be visiting the office frequently, location is a consideration. A visit with the office manager or financial director to discuss insurance acceptance, possible payment plans, and a frank discussion outlining program cost is important. Ask questions, and make sure you understand the response. A copy of the proposed treatment plan should be presented to you.
How long will it take to straighten my teeth?
Every case is different. Depending on the severity of the malocclusion involved, treatment can take as little as six months or up to several years.
Other than aesthetics, why should I bother to straighten my teeth?
When teeth are crooked or misshapen, there are areas that are extremely difficult to reach with a toothbrush. It is these areas where plaque builds leading to the potential for dental decay or gum disease.
Are there any drawbacks with teeth straightening?
With traditional braces, there may be some foods that are restricted; but the positive outcome far outweighs any inconvenience during treatment.
Teeth straightening is appropriate at any age; great oral health and a beautiful smile are the rewards you can realize.
To learn more or to schedule your professional consultation, contact our skilled team at Bunn Orthodontic Group today.