Orthodontic care is a crucial part of maintaining the health, beauty, and function of your smile. Besides the aesthetic concerns, crooked teeth are more challenging to keep clean. This can increase your risk of developing cavities and gum disease.
A proper bite and straighter teeth can have many positive many benefits, along with improved oral hygiene. If you’ve been thinking about straightening your teeth, here are eight of the most frequently asked questions about orthodontics.
Orthodontic treatment focuses on diagnosing and treating alignment issues and improving oral function. By implementing customized appliances, orthodontics helps you achieve straighter teeth and a healthy bite.
Orthodontics can give you a more confident smile and help to prevent other related issues, such as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). It can also correct:
While most dentists recommend orthodontics evaluation starting at around age seven, modern treatment options make care available for kids, teens, and adults. This allows your entire family to achieve a healthier smile at every stage of life.
Treatment time will vary from one person to another. The amount of time you will wear braces depends on your age and the complexity of your case. If you only have a few teeth that need to be straightened slightly, treatment can take as little as six months. Complex cases with multiple issues can take as long as two years to address effectively. Most orthodontic cases can be treated within 12-18 months.
Typically, getting braces does not hurt. However, it is normal to feel slightly uncomfortable for a few days as your teeth, gums, and cheeks get used to your new braces or aligners.
While undergoing treatment, you can make sure your smile remains clean and healthy by doing the following:
Since everyone’s mouth is different, every treatment is unique. The price of your treatment will depend on the severity of misalignment, which option you select, and if you need other procedures, like an extraction. With insurance benefits, flexible spending accounts, and payment plans, you can probably find an option that works for your budget and your lifestyle.
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