What is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that specializes in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial irregularities.
What is an Orthodontist?
An orthodontist is a specialist who has completed an advanced education program following dental school to learn the special skills required to manage tooth movement and guide facial development.
The cost of braces depends on several factors, including individual needs and treatment plans. At a free braces consultation, orthodontist Dr. Vakani will discuss the available options available, flexible payment plans, types of orthodontic dental insurance accepted, and the accompanying prices of different types of braces. We accept most major credit cards for payment and most dental insurance providers. Read More
What Are Some Possible Benefits of Orthodontics?
What Are Some Signs That Braces May Be Needed?
At What Age Should Orthodontic Treatment Occur?
Orthodontic treatment can be started at any age. Many orthodontic problems are easier to correct if detected at an early age before jaw growth has slowed. Early treatment may mean that a patient can avoid surgery and more serious complications. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child first visit an orthodontist by age 7 or earlier if a problem is detected by parents, the family dentist, or the child's physician.
What is Phase I and Phase II Treatment?
Phase I, or early interceptive treatment, is limited orthodontic treatment (e.g. expander or partial braces) before all of the permanent teeth have erupted. Such treatment can occur between the ages of six and ten. This treatment is sometimes recommended to make more space for developing teeth, correction of crossbites, overbites, and underbites, or harmful oral habits.
Phase II treatment is also called comprehensive treatment because it involves full braces when all of the permanent teeth have erupted, usually between the ages of eleven and thirteen.
Would an Adult Patient Benefit From Orthodontics?
Orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age. Everyone wants a beautiful and healthy smile. More than twenty-five percent of orthodontic patients today are adults.
How Does Orthodontic Treatment Work?
Braces use steady gentle pressure to gradually move teeth into their proper positions. The brackets that are placed on your teeth and the archwire that connects them are the main components. When the archwire is placed into the brackets, it tries to return to its original shape. As it does so, it applies pressure to move your teeth to their new, more ideal positions.
How Long Does Orthodontic Treatment Take?
Treatment times vary on a case-by-case basis, but the average time is from one to two years. Actual treatment time can be affected by rate of growth and severity of the correction necessary. Treatment length is also dependent upon patient compliance. Maintaining good oral hygiene and keeping regular appointments are important in keeping treatment time on schedule.
Do Braces Hurt?
The placement of bands and brackets on your teeth does not hurt. Once your braces are placed and connected with the archwires you may feel some soreness of your teeth for one to four days. Your lips and cheeks may need one to two weeks to get used to the braces on your teeth.
Will Braces Interfere With Playing Sports?
No. It is recommended, however, that patients protect their smiles by wearing a mouthguard when participating in any sporting activity. Mouthguards are inexpensive, comfortable, and come in a variety of colors and patterns.
Will Braces Interfere With Playing Musical Instruments?
No. However, there may be an initial period of adjustment. In addition, brace covers can be provided to prevent discomfort. Read More
Should I See My General Dentist While I Have Braces?
Yes, you should continue to see your general dentist every 3 months for cleanings and dental checkups.
A very common problem experienced by adults and teens is something called "relapse," where your teeth start to move back to where they use to be when you haven’t worn your retainer. If you lost or broke your retainer after you had braces in the past, don’t worry! We can fix minor crowding of the upper or lower front teeth in a few ways:
1.) Removable retainer that you wear at home only
2.) Invisalign which is a clear way to straighten your teeth
3.) A quick set of clear braces on the front teeth
Don’t live with crooked teeth and be afraid to smile or look in the mirror. This is something that can be corrected quickly, easily and economically! Read More