Why is orthodontics important?
Orthodontics can boost a person’s self-image as the teeth, jaws and lips become properly aligned, but an attractive smile is just one of the benefits. Alleviating or preventing physical health problems is just as important. Without treatment, orthodontic problems may lead to tooth decay, gum disease, bone destruction and chewing and digestive difficulties. A “bad bite” can contribute to speech impairments, tooth loss, chipped teeth and other dental injuries.
When should my child first see an orthodontist?
We recommend that every child should get a check-up with an orthodontic specialist no later than age 7. Some orthodontic problems are easier to correct if detected early rather than waiting until jaw growth has slowed. Early treatment may help a patient avoid surgery or other serious corrections later in life.
Is it ever too late for a person to get braces?
No. Because healthy teeth can be moved at any age, an orthodontist can improve the smile of practically anyone-in fact, orthodontists regularly treat patients in their 50s, 60s and older!
What makes an orthodontist different from a dentist?
Orthodontists are the dental specialists who correct dental and facial irregularities, day in and day out. An orthodontist is expert at moving teeth, helping jaws develop properly and working with the patient to help make sure the teeth stay in their new positions. Orthodontists are uniquely qualified to correct improperly aligned teeth and jaws.
What about costs?
This will vary, of course, depending on the nature of the problem. Many orthodontic problems require only limited treatment. You may be surprised to discover that orthodontics is less expensive than you thought. Your orthodontist will be happy to discuss fees. He or she may offer payment plans to help meet individual financial needs. In addition, many dental insurance plans now include orthodontic benefits. Of course, it’s important to keep in mind the lifetime value that orthodontics provides.
Should I ask to talk to present and/or former patients?
It is wise for a consumer to investigate the value of any product or service. Most orthodontic patients will give it to you straight – orthodontics is one of the best investments they’ve ever made. Better oral health and better self-esteem are benefits that can last a lifetime.