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Orthodontics: Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What exactly is orthodontics?

A: Simply put, orthodontics is an amazing technology that allows crooked or crowded teeth to become straight, overbites or underbites to become aligned, and jaw problems to be corrected.

Q: How do I know if I need Invisalign?

A: There are various ways braces can benefit you and potentially improve your whole quality of life. The following are some reasons to consider orthodontics: irregular loss of teeth; crowded, spaced or missing teeth; trouble chewing or biting; facial disproportion; mouth breathing; protruding or collapsed jaw; abnormal oral habits; grinding or clenching; gummy smiles; clicking jaw; difficulty closing lips; speech problems; extremely worn or short teeth; frequent biting of the cheek or into the roof of the mouth; impacted or unerupted teeth; and protruded teeth. If you identify with any of the above conditions, talk to your dentist.

Q: Do I need to see a specialist or can I receive treatment from my regular dentist?

A: It depends. Orthodontists are dentists who focus exclusively on orthodontics. While you may benefit from their specialization, you will also pay specialist prices for the treatment. Many dentists today are furthering their education and skill to encompass orthodontics in their practice, so you get the benefit of skilled orthodontics without the elevated fees.

Q: When is the best time to get braces?

A: There's no time like the present! For many years, children were the sole benefactors of this wonderful tool, but today, people of all ages are discovering the countless paybacks of orthodontics, not the least of which are renewed confidence and a fresh approach to life.

Q: What are the health advantages?

A: You may be surprised, but there are many potential health advantages to employing orthodontics. More than just a means to a more attractive smile, braces can improve or prevent tooth decay, gum disease, tooth and bone loss, jaw pain, and other dental problems.

Q: Am I guaranteed it will be successful?

A: Our office and Invisalign will continue to work with you until your satisfied with the results.

Q: Does Invisalign hurt?

A: Remarkable innovations in orthodontics have made treatment more pleasant for patients. Because the trays are custom designed to your teeth, they fit like they are supposed to. If there is an edge that needs to be trimmed, it is a simple little adjustment that can be made. The most you will feel is in the first 1-2 days of wearing a new tray. The new tray will slowly move your teeth into the new position. During this, you will feel slight pressure.

Q: How long will I wear Invisalign?

A: On average, orthodontic treatments take between 1 to 1 1/2 years depending on your individual situation. We see that most patients are completed treatment in 6-12 months. Because our jaws and teeth naturally continue to adjust throughout our lifetime, retainers are often used following treatment in order to preserve the orthodontic work that was done.

Q: Does Invisalign cause bad breath?

A: The trays themselves don't cause bad breath, but food particles can get stuck in your teeth or between your teeth and the tray. Brushing and rinsing your teeth, gums and trays after each snack or meal will help keep your mouth fresh and clean.

Q: Do I have to change what or how I eat?

A: Not at all. Because the trays are removable, you can eat everything you normally would. Because your teeth are moving, you may find it difficult to eat harder foods. You can use your own discretion.