<b>What are Orthodontics?</b>
Orthodontic treatment is a great way to straighten and perfect your smile. It’s not uncommon for patients of all ages to have crooked, crowded or unevenly spaced teeth. Rather than live with a smile you feel uncomfortable showing off, orthodontic treatment is a great choice. There is no age limit when it comes to who would benefit from treatment, and more adults are beginning to start the treatment that is right for them.
<b>Why would Orthodontic treatment be needed?</b>
The reason you might need orthodontic treatment is because your teeth are less than perfect. Your teeth might be crowded, crooked or you might have a malocclusion issue like an overbite or underbite. The problem that comes with orthodontic issues is that they can affect more than just your confidence. It’s more difficult to keep teeth clean when they’re very crowded, so this increases the chances of developing tooth decay and gum disease.
<b>What makes someone a candidate for Orthodontics?</b>
In order to determine if you might benefit from orthodontic treatment, we will conduct a thorough examination. Children should come in for their first orthodontic consult when they are about seven years old. However, there is no age limit when it comes to who would benefit from treatment. We offer orthodontic care even to adults who are looking to alter their appearance and improve the quality of their smile.
<b>What happens during Orthodontic treatment?</b>
The first step is to have a consultation with you. The consult will involve taking x-rays and impressions as well as conducting an exam. We then create a treatment plan that is specific to your own smile needs. It is important that you commit to treatment when coming in for braces or clear aligners. You will often need to come in for readjustments and checkups every few weeks so that we can monitor any changes. Treatment can take anywhere from a few months to about two years depending on the patient’s needs.
If you would like to learn more about orthodontic treatment and how it’s done, call us today to speak with one of our trained professional team members.