What is orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a branch of Dentistry that specializes in straightening teeth, correcting bite problems, and monitoring jaw development. It aims to diagnose, treat, and prevent dental and facial deformities.
Who is an orthodontist?
An orthodontist is a specialist dentist who underwent further studies and training in orthodontics. He/She has received two to three years of additional training and experience beyond the traditional four years of dental school.
What’s the best age to visit the orthodontist?
According to the American Association of Orthodontists, it is recommended for children aged seven to have an orthodontic evaluation. It is the best time to identify whether treatment is needed or requires further monitoring of teeth and jaw development.
However, it’s never too late for adults to have orthodontic treatment. More and more adult patients seek orthodontic treatment to achieve their dream smile!
How can I take care of my teeth while wearing braces?
Taking care of your teeth while wearing braces requires more effort in keeping them in tip-top shape.
- Brush teeth at least twice a day or every after meals.
- Use a floss threader or water flossers to clean in between teeth easily.
- During treatment, avoid hard and sticky foods that may break or displace any part of your braces.
- Schedule regular visits with your dentist to have routine checkups and cleans.
What are braces?
Braces are dated as far back as ancient man! It is what you first imagine when you hear about orthodontics. With the latest orthodontic innovations, it comes in several forms other than metal braces, such as ceramic braces, self-ligating braces, and lingual braces.
Do braces hurt?
It is normal to feel some discomfort during the first few days of your treatment. It is a sign that your teeth are moving. After a couple of days, your teeth, gums, cheeks, and mouth will get used to the force from your orthodontic appliances.
Do I need to brush my teeth more often if I have braces?
With braces, there are additional areas where bacteria and food can get stuck other than your teeth. Brushing every after a meal will help wash away any food particles stuck between your braces and teeth. It will also prevent tooth decay and gum problems, slowing your treatment time and decreasing efficiency.
If I have braces, do I still need dental checkups every six months?
Absolutely! Going to your general dentist for a routine checkup and cleaning will help prevent tooth decay and gum problems. If plaque and calcular deposit form between your teeth, it can slow down your treatment – or worse, we might need to remove braces to cure your gum problem first.
Will my braces interfere with my school activities like sports, playing an instrument, or singing?
It may take some time before you get used to playing sports, playing an instrument, or singing with braces – but it won’t stop you from doing these activities. However, we recommend wearing mouthguards if you play contact sports to prevent mouth injury.
How do I schedule my next appointment?
After every visit, our scheduling coordinator will reach out to you to schedule your next appointment at your convenience.