What is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics, also known as dentofacial orthopedics, is a dental specialty focused on diagnosing, preventing, and treating dental and facial anomalies.
Who is an Orthodontist?
An orthodontist is a dental specialist with 2-3 additional years of training who is an expert in aligning teeth, correcting jaw structure, and enhancing overall smile functionality.
When Should I Visit an Orthodontist?
It's advisable to visit an orthodontist at any age, but the American Association of Orthodontists recommends starting as early as age seven. Orthodontic care benefits both children and adults.
How Should I Care for My Teeth with Braces or a Retainer?
Maintain oral hygiene by brushing after every meal, flossing daily, and using fluoride toothpaste. Keep retainers clean and avoid foods that could damage braces. Regular dental checkups every six months are important.
What are Braces?
Braces, designed for smile improvement, are available in various forms like clear ceramic and traditional metal braces.
How Long Will I Need to Wear Braces?
The treatment time varies, typically from six to 30 months, with an average of about 22 months.
Do Braces Cause Discomfort?
Braces might cause slight discomfort initially, but this usually diminishes as you get used to them.
Do I Need to Brush More Often with Braces?
Yes, increase brushing to at least three times a day and floss regularly to keep your braces clean.
Are Regular Dental Checkups Necessary with Braces?
Yes, continuing your biannual dental visits during orthodontic treatment is crucial for oral health.
Can I Continue School Activities with Braces?
Yes, you can continue all activities, though some may require adjustments. Wear a mouthguard for contact sports.
How Do I Schedule My Next Appointment?
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