Orthodontic Treatment: Have Questions? We Have Answers!
1. What does an orthodontist do?
Orthodontists diagnose and treat dental issues like the spacing, positioning, and alignment of teeth. They use many special treatments like oral appliances to treat related jaw and facial irregularities. Their job requires two to three years of specialized training beyond their basic dental degree.
2. At what age should I visit an orthodontist?
That depends on when you need one. According to the Canadian Association of Orthodontists, children in need of braces can start seeing one between the ages of six and eight.
But their services are not exclusive to children or teens. If you are facing a dental issue, age doesn’t matter.
3. How do I take care of my teeth while wearing braces or retainers?
- Always brush your teeth after meals.
- Floss at least once a day.
- Use toothpaste with fluoride.
- Ask your orthodontist if you need a fluoride wash.
- Always keep your retainer safe and clean.
- Always wash your retainers before putting them back in.
- Avoid sugary foods. They can cause bacterial growth, which leads to plaque and cavities.
- Avoid any kind of food that can get stuck in your braces.
- Meet with your dentist regularly.
4. How are traditional metal braces different from Invisalign aligners?
Traditional metal braces are made from thin metal archwires, metal brackets, and O-rings. The brackets are bonded to teeth and archwires are threaded through them and secured with O-rings. The archwires are tightened regularly to keep a constant, gentle pressure on teeth and jaws to help them align properly.
Invisalign, on the other hand, uses thin plastic trays moulded to fit your teeth that gradually shift teeth into place. During each visit, you get a new set of aligners and a date when you are supposed to change them. Aligners are removable but you must wear them for at least 20-22 hours for them to be effective.
5. What are Damon braces?
Damon braces are a type of self-ligating brace. Unlike traditional braces which have to be gradually tightened over a period of time, these braces use a passive ‘self-ligating’ bracket to adjust pressure. Instead of using elastic to secure the brackets to teeth, Damon brackets use a small metal door where brackets can slide easily along with archwire. This minimizes friction and allows for more flexible tooth movement. They are more precise, comfortable, and can, in some instances, shorten treatment times.
6. How long will I have to wear my aligners or braces?
The average treatment time for both braces and aligners can be anywhere between 12 to 18 months. But treatment times vary by the individual and largely depend on factors like the extent of treatment required, oral hygiene, age, and how well you adhere to orthodontists’ instructions. Your dentist will closely monitor your progress and adjust your procedure accordingly.
7. How much will my orthodontic treatment cost?
The cost of each treatment depends on the requirement of the patient and the time and extent of treatment required. Your insurance plan will also play a crucial role in determining the expense. Traditional braces and clear aligners typically cost less than clear ceramic braces or lingual braces like Damon braces.
8. Can I still get orthodontic treatment after being treated for gum disease?
Your gums will be strained by the orthodontic treatment, so your orthodontist will have to consult your periodontist and dentist about the condition of your gums. This will help them determine if they can handle the pressure of the treatment. You can continue the orthodontic treatment if your periodontist clears you.
9. What is my role in treatment?
Your orthodontist will take care of your mouth for one day but it’s your responsibility to take care of it every day. There should be a partnership between you and them. They will guide you through the process and provide the proper tools, but have to keep your appointments and take care of your oral hygiene.
10. Where can I find an orthodontist?
Ask your relatives, friends, or dentist for references, or check online reviews to find the best orthodontist in Brampton.
This entry was posted in Dentistry on Dusk on July 15, 2021.