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
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
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
Do we have to extract tooth?
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.
- 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
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
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
For further information contact us.