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If you are confused or overwhelmed in any way when it comes to orthodontics, we are happy to help you! We understand that the unknown is scary, which is why we are happy to give you the answers to the following questions. We believe this information will help you feel more comfortable and prepared for braces or any other orthodontic treatment.

How do I know if I need orthodontic treatment?
There are many signs that mean you need orthodontic treatment, and some of those signs include crooked teeth, gaps between the teeth, and an improper bite. These are all serious problems that could lead to additional issues in the future, so it is important to get these problems treated with orthodontics.

How many different types of braces are available?
There are four different types of braces available today. Those options include traditional braces, ceramic braces, lingual braces, and clear aligners, like Invisalign® and ClearCorrect®. Traditional braces are generally the cheapest option and they involve metal brackets and wires that are glued to the front surfaces of your teeth. Ceramic braces involve tooth-colored brackets and wires that are glued to the front surfaces of your teeth. Lingual braces involve metal brackets and wires that are glued to the back of your teeth. Clear aligners are clear, plastic, smooth, mouth guard-like appliances that fit over your teeth and are virtually invisible.

Can you be too old for orthodontic treatment?
The only thing that can prevent orthodontic treatment is the condition of your gums and jaw bones. If you have weak and fragile gums and jaw bones, orthodontic treatment is not the best route to take. But, if you have strong, successful, and sturdy gums and bones, nothing can stop you from aligning your teeth—not even your age!

At what age should a child first visit the orthodontic office?
You can bring your child into our office by the time they are 7 years old. Doing so will help you know if your child will need orthodontic treatment now or in the future. If necessary, our orthodontist can provide early orthodontic treatment for your child to begin correcting their smile imperfections now!

Will orthodontic treatment hurt?
The only discomfort you will feel is tenderness and soreness as your teeth move. It should only last a couple days and it can be relieved with over-the-counter pain medications. Your appliance may also irritate your lips, cheeks, and tongue from time to time, which is normal. You can solve this problem by covering the appliance with orthodontic wax.

We know you probably have additional questions that were not included in this blog, so we encourage you to call our office today and schedule an appointment! Our friendly dental team is thrilled to help you better understand the concepts and processes of orthodontic treatment.