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               FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS | Patient
                          Questions from the patient

How do I know if my child is in need of orthodontic treatment?

It is usually difficult for a person to determine if treatment is necessary because there are many problems that can occur even though the front teeth look perfect. Also, there are some problems that look  complex which will resolve on their own

Asking your general dentist is good reference, but we are your best resource since orthodontics is all we do. Our initial exam is complimentary and we would be more than happy to see your child and make any recommendations necessary.

What are the early symptoms of orthodontic problems?

Although determining if treatment is necessary is difficult for you to assess, the following symptoms may help in prompting you to seek our orthodontic advice.

Ask your child to open their mouth, and let you look at their teeth. If you see any signs of crooked teeth, gaps between your child's teeth or overlapping teeth, your child may need orthodontic treatment.

Ask your child to bite all the way down, but keeping their lips open so you can see their teeth. Do the  tongue protrude while swallowing Do the front top teeth line up with the bottom? Do the top teeth protrude out away from the bottom teeth? Do the top front teeth cover more than 50% of the bottom teeth? Are the top teeth behind the bottom teeth? All these are indicators for potential orthodontic treatment.

Look at the alignment of your child's jaw. Does the jaw shift off center when your child bites down? If you see any misalignment or shifting of the jaw, your child may have a skeletal problem, which requires early orthodontic intervention.

These are only some of the obvious symptoms of orthodontic problems.

What age should my child be seen by an orthodontist?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that your child be evaluated by age 7. Early detection of some orthodontic problems is important in order to take early corrective action and avoid more difficult treatment later.

Can you be too old for braces?

No, age is not a factor, only the health of your gums and bone which support your teeth. if the bone support is good  treatment can be taken. About 40% of our orthodontic patients are adults and that number is still growing!

Do we have to extract tooth?

 It will depend on the crowding ,spacing you have.

Will it hurt?

Orthodontic treatment has improved dramatically. As a rule, braces make your teeth sore for a few days, but it is not painful .Minor discomfort can occur. This  can be relieved with an over-the-counter pain reliever. Today's braces are smaller, more comfortable and use technology that reduces the discomfort. We use the latest in miniature braces and the highest quality of orthodontic materials in order to reduce discomfort and treatment time.

Bionator/Frankel appliances
- as these appliances are bulky and speech is more difficult these are worn evening and overnight. These are most commonly used when deciduous (baby) teeth are present.

The first few days are tough with all appliances. Initially saliva flow increases and speech is difficult. It is very important that you wear the appliance as instructed and practice reading out loud concentrating on pronunciation so that the appliance becomes comfortable in the shortest possible time. Intermittent wear will prolong the problems.

If there is an obvious area of soreness as a result of the brace contact the practice for an appointment. The brace should continue to be worn so that the area can be identified.

Can I still have braces if I have missing teeth ?

Yes it is possible. When teeth are missing, adjacent teeth will drift into the empty space. This will cause a functional, esthetic or periodontal problem. Orthodontic treatment will correct and prevent these problems and will also provide proper alignment for your dentist to replace the missing teeth.

How much will it cost?

The  treatment charges are reasonable and affordable .Orthodontic fees have not increased as fast as many other consumer products.

For further information contact us.


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