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Orthodontics FAQS


What is an orthodontist?

All orthodontists are dentists. They are specialists who diagnose and offer treatments for individuals who have irregularities with their teeth, jaw, and face. This includes an incorrect position or misalignment of the teeth. They may offer their patients treatments like braces in order to correct the irregularity.

Do you need an orthodontic treatment?

Orthodontic treatments offer multiple benefits. They help your teeth to function properly. If you have teeth that are crowded or misaligned, an orthodontic treatment may be right for you.

Orthodontic treatments will also enhance your smile. If you feel self-conscious because of crooked teeth, an orthodontic treatment may help. Also, when your teeth are straight, they are easier to clean. This means that you can improve your overall health by improving your dental health.

When is the best time to start orthodontic treatments?

According to the American Association of Orthodontists, children who are as young as seven years old should receive an orthodontic evaluation if it seems like they may need an orthodontic treatment. It is never too late to get braces or use other orthodontic treatments. The sooner you start, the better.

How do you know if you have a problem with your bite?

Obvious signs that you have a bite problem include crowded teeth, protruding teeth, or teeth that are not in the right position. Less obvious signs would be breathing with your mouth open, regularly biting your cheeks, teeth that don’t come together correctly when you close your mouth, or difficulty talking. Also, if you sucked your thumb past the age of about four, you may have a bite problem.

Does it hurt to wear braces?

When you visit the orthodontists to have the braces put on, the process is usually pain-free. However, it is common for patients to have some mild pain or an aching feeling during the first few days after the braces are adjusted. It is generally accepted that over-the-counter pain medication can be used effectively.

How long will you have to wear braces?

The time when you actually wear the braces will vary. It can take some people just six months to have irregularities corrected. Others may need up to 30 months. After active treatment, you will need to wear a retainer.

How often will your braces be adjusted?

Most patients need to visit an orthodontist every four to 10 weeks during active treatment. The number of times that you visit will depend on the treatment you use and recommendations given by your orthodontist as your treatment progresses.

Will you have to adjust your diet?

Yes. You will need to avoid things like ice cubes, caramel, raw vegetables, and hard candy. Your orthodontist will give you a list of foods to avoid. The basic idea is to stay away from anything that could get trapped in your braces or damage them.

Schedule a Consultation

If you are interested in finding out if braces are right for you, contact us at South Meadows Dental and Orthodontics. Dr. Brian Struby, Dr. Jamie Smith, and Dr. Meagan Struby are happy to help Reno, Nevada, residents improve their smiles.

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