Frequently Asked Questions About Orthodontics
What is orthodontics?
Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics is a branch of dentistry that focuses on the detection, prevention, and management of oral and facial abnormalities.
What is an orthodontist?
An orthodontist is a dental professional with supplementary education 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?
At any age, you can see an orthodontist if you want to enhance the appearance and feel of your smile. The American Association of Orthodontists suggests that children see an orthodontist around the age of seven; however, orthodontic treatment is not limited to children and teenagers; about twenty percent of orthodontic patients are over the age of 21. Any time is an excellent time to see the orthodontist, whether you’re contemplating 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 once a day
- Use fluoride toothpaste and consult your orthodontist or family dentist whether you require a fluoride rinse. This will assist in the prevention of cavities!
- Throughout your treatment, actively avoid meals that include a high amount 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.).
- When you remove your retainer to eat, remember to clean your teeth, floss, and store it safely in its container so it does not get misplaced or destroyed.
- Brush your retainer lightly with a toothbrush and toothpaste to keep it clean. You may also soak it in denture cleanser if your orthodontist recommends it. Do not place your retainer in boiling water or the dishwasher.
- BMake an appointment with your family dentist for your regular checks. It is suggested that you see the dentist every six months.
What are braces?
Your orthodontist will use braces to help you enhance the overall look and function of your smile. There are various kinds of braces to choose from, including:
- Clear braces
- Ceramic braces
- Lingual braces
- Self-ligating braces
- Invisible braces
- Traditional metal braces
If I get braces, how long do I have to wear them?
Because each smile reacts to treatment differently, the length of time spent in braces varies among individuals. Treatment periods range from six to thirty months, although most typical treatments last about 22 months.
Do braces hurt?
Braces are not 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 maintain your teeth, gums, and mouth healthy and clean. Brushing your teeth regularly can assist to remove any food that has been 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 correctly.
If I have braces, do I still need dental checkups every six months?
Yes! In truth, people undergoing orthodontic treatment should see their dentist frequently. Food may become trapped in areas that your toothbrush can’t reach with braces. Bacteria build-up results, which may 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 having braces prevent me from participating in sports, playing an instrument, or singing at school?
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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