Got questions about orthodontics?
Here are some answers!
Why are braces and other orthodontic procedures important?
An attractive smile and improved self-image are important benefits of orthodontic treatment. Alleviating and preventing physical health problems are important medical reasons, too. Without treatment, orthodontic problems can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, bone destruction, chewing and digestive difficulties, speech impairments, tooth loss and other dental problems.
Will braces hurt?
The advantages of the new Damon braces include low force and almost no discomfort. If you experience discomfort the first week or right after braces are adjusted, you can use aspirin, non-aspirin pain-reliever or ibuprofen to relieve it.
At what age should orthodontic treatment occur?
Orthodontic treatment can be started at any age – but most 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.
Can braces help adults?
Even though there are advantages to an early start, adult orthodontic treatment is very common today. Treatment can be started at virtually any age.
How long will the treatment last?
It varies for each patient – depending on how much your jaw needs to change and how far your teeth must move. Typically, braces need to be on for anywhere from a few months to two years or so. We’re committed to making your treatment as swift and effective as possible.
Will I still be able to play sports?
Yes! We do recommend patients protect their smiles by wearing a mouth guard when participating in any sporting activity. Mouth guards are inexpensive, comfortable, and come in a wide variety of colors and patterns.
Will braces interfere with playing musical instruments?
No, but there may be an initial period of adjustment. In addition, brace covers can be provided to prevent discomfort.
Are retainers necessary and how long will I have to wear one?
A retainer is a device worn full or part-time after braces have been removed. It’s designed to prevent your teeth from drifting or moving while the bone around your teeth hardens and stabilizes. The longer you wear your retainer, the better your chances that your teeth will not relapse. Retainers provide assurance that your teeth will stay in perfect alignment while your jaw continues to grow or develop.
About 25% of orthodontic patients today are adults. Many adults are correcting problems that were never treated when they were children, so they can now experience the satisfaction of a perfect smile.
TMJ Dysfunction is a condition of the jaw that occurs when the Temporo Mandibular Joint is misaligned or malfunctioning in a way that subjects the joint to excess pressure. TMJ can seriously affect how your mouth works and often includes side-effects such as blocked nasal passages, neck pain, headaches and difficulty chewing.
The technical term for teeth that do not fit together correctly is ‘malocclusion.’ Most malocclusions are inherited, yet it is possible to acquire a bad bite from habits such as tongue thrusting and thumb sucking. The premature loss of baby teeth or the extraction of adult teeth can cause it, too. If inherited, it’s usually caused by a difference between the size of the teeth and the size of the jaw structure. Whether inherited or acquired, malocclusions affect not only the alignment of the teeth, but also the appearance of the face.
How much will orthodontics cost?
Costs vary depending on the type of treatment. Today many dental policies include orthodontic benefits, making orthodontic fees more affordable than ever before. We can give you a specific answer after your initial free consultation visit.
If you have more questions or would like more information on the best orthodontic treatment for you or your child, please contact our Dahlonega or Dawsonville office to schedule a complimentary consultation.