To better meet your needs and help you understand your treatments, Smile at the World Orthodontics has provided the answers to frequently asked orthodontic questions. For more information about orthodontics we invite you to contact our practice today at 254-773-8028 to speak with a member of our team and make your appointment with our experienced orthodontist, Dr. Knowles.
What is orthodontics?
Orthodontics, or dentofacial orthopedics, is a specialized field of dentistry that focuses on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial abnormalities. It can include anything from straightening misaligned teeth to corrective jaw surgeries.
Who is an orthodontist?
An orthodontist is a dental specialist. Orthodontists receive 2-3 years of additional training and experience after achieving a dental degree, learning specific techniques to straighten teeth, improve the function of your smile, and correct misaligned jaw structure.
What is the best age to visit the orthodontist?
Orthodontics is for all ages! If you are searching for ways to improve the look and feel of your smile, then it is a good time to visit the orthodontist. Smile at the World Orthodontics offers orthodontic treatments for children, teenagers, and adults.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children visit the orthodontist for the first time at around age 7 to be carefully examined. An orthodontist can determine if any treatment is necessary, and if so, when it should begin.
What are braces?
Braces are an appliance used by orthodontists to correct misaligned teeth and bad bites, and improve the appearance and feel of your smile. Modern advances in dentistry have produced a wide variety of braces to choose from, including:
- Clear braces
- Ceramic braces
- Gold braces
- Lingual braces
- Self-ligating braces
- Invisible aligners
- Traditional metal braces
We are pleased to feature both traditional and clear braces at our practice. 98% of our orthodontic products, including our braces, are made in America.
How long do I have to wear braces?
The length of time spent in braces depends on the individual patient. Every smile responds differently to treatment, due to factors such as the speed at which your teeth move, and the growth of your jaw and face. On average, treatments take about 24 months.
Do braces hurt?
Braces should not hurt. You may feel small amounts of discomfort or aching for the first few days as your teeth begin moving and you adjust to having braces, or after your braces have been adjusted. If you experience persistent, high levels of pain or discomfort, please contact our practice as soon as possible, so that our orthodontist can correct the problem and help you receive your treatment in comfort.
How do I take care of my teeth while wearing braces?
Practice good oral hygiene, and avoid foods and drinks that may damage your braces or your teeth. This includes:
- Brushing after every meal and flossing at least once a day
- Use ADA approved toothpaste to prevent cavities
- Avoid foods with sugar
- Avoid sticky and chewy foods (caramel, gooey candies), hard foods (hard candies, nuts, ice cubes), or any foods that could get stuck in your braces (corn on the gob, soft bagels, ribs)
- Avoid drinking carbonated beverages
- Receive regular dental cleanings from your family dentist
Do I still need dental checkups if I’m wearing braces?
Yes! Wearing braces makes it even more important that you receive regular dental cleanings and exams. Your dentist will help keep your teeth clean and healthy while you are wearing braces.
Do I need to brush my teeth more often while wearing braces?
Our orthodontist recommends that you brush your teeth at least three time each day to keep your teeth and gums healthy and clean. You should also floss daily to reach the areas of your mouth where your toothbrush will not reach. Our orthodontist can show you how to brush and floss correctly with braces.
Will braces interfere with my daily activities?
No. While it may require a little bit of adjustment, wearing braces will not stop you from participating in any activity, including sports, playing an instrument, or singing. If you play a contact sport, our orthodontist recommends that you be fitted with a custom mouth guard to protect both your teeth and soft tissues and your braces.
How do I take care of my retainer?
If you wear a removable retainer, keep it in a container while eating so that it does not get lost or broken. Make sure to keep it clean by brushing it gentle with a toothbrush and toothpaste or soaking it in denture cleaner. Do not put your retainer in boiling water, bleach, or in the dishwasher.
We hope this page has been useful for you. If you have further questions, please call us at 254-773-8028 to speak with a member of our team and make your appointment with our orthodontist.