Orthodontist FAQs

Orthodontist FAQs

Crowded and crooked teeth are unattractive. But, more than that, they affect your dental health. Our teeth have a unique bite down, and rarely are they perfect. However, when they are not appropriately aligned, the teeth affect your chewing, speaking, and oral health. Orthodontic treatment is the best way to address these problems.

Orthodontics is the diagnosis, prevention, and also treating misaligned teeth and jaw.

What is the Difference between Orthodontist and General Dentist?

Orthodontists and dentists go through the same training initially. However, orthodontists further their education after dental school, where they specialize in diagnosing and treating misaligned teeth.

While general dentists focus on oral health, orthodontics deal with jaw alignment and perform teeth straightening procedures.

At What Age Should You Have the First Orthodontist Visit?

Orthodontic treatment can begin at any age, but it is best initiated at age seven. At this age, some of the permanent teeth have started to emerge, and it is easy for the dentist to detect any jaw abnormalities.

Orthodontic treatment is ideal for your child if they suffer from these problems and habits:

  • Your child is breathing through his mouth and has adenoid problems
  • He used a pacifier for a long time.
  • There is a finger sucking habit or a cleft lip-palate problem.

What Are the Types of Devices Used?

  • Traditional braces

Metal braces are the most common types and are more comfortable today than before. Metal braces are made of wire brackets that are fixed on the surface of the teeth. They are visible but are the most effective because the braces move not only the teeth but also the roots, making the treatment long-lasting.

  • Lingual

Lingual braces are fixed behind teeth and are invisible when you smile. Lingual braces are 100% customized to fit the shape of your teeth. Lingual braces are an excellent option for musicians and athletes.

  • Invisalign

Invisalign is removable and invisible braces designed to fit your dental structure. The orthodontist will examine your teeth and take an impression of the teeth for molding the braces. These braces are worn for 22 hours daily in a 14-day interval.

  • ClearCorrect

ClearCorrect braces are similar to Invisalign, but you need to wear the braces for three weeks before changing.

An orthodontic examination is performed in our clinic first to check if you are eligible. The dentist will perform a comprehensive dental assessment to check the teeth and jaw alignment. An x-ray may be done, and the impression of your teeth is taken for molding the braces.

  • Retainers:

Retainers are worn after the orthodontic treatments, and they are used to maintain the new teeth position.

How Long Does the Treatment Last?

The orthodontic treatment duration will vary based on the age and the type of orthodontic device you use. For Invisalign braces, the treatment can last for 18 months, although some people report results as early as six months. The metal braces take longer, about two years, probably because they move your roots too.

Orthodontic treatment for adults takes longer because the jaw has attained maturity, which makes it hard for the teeth to adjust.

What to Expect During the Treatment?

The first time you wear braces, you will feel discomfort on the teeth and gums. This is because the pressure applied on the teeth makes them move to cause discomfort. You will feel the ache every time the braces are adjusted. The pain will clear after a few days, so no need for medication.

How to Maintain Oral Hygiene with Braces?

Oral hygiene is crucial when wearing an orthodontic device. Here are a few tips:

  • Bush your teeth after each meal or even if you have a snack to remove any food particles stuck. Plaque accumulation on tooth surfaces can lead to decay and gum infection.
  • If you are using the removable braces, rinse them before putting them back on. Also, always keep them moist to prevent bacterial accumulation.

Book an appointment now in Smile Scarsdale if you are facing orthodontic issues. Our dentist in Scarsdale will examine your teeth and recommend the correct orthodontic device.