Orthodontics is a dentistry specialty that addresses the diagnosis, prevention, management, and correction of mal-positioned teeth and jaws, and misaligned bite patterns. It may also address the modification of facial growth, known as dentofacial orthopedics. Abnormal alignment of the teeth and jaws is very common. Orthodontics, also known as dentofacial orthotics, is a special form of dentistry that focuses specifically on diagnosing, preventing, and treating dental and facial abnormalities. If you are interested in the best orthodontist in Palm Beach County look no further than The Smile Store, we can answer all your questions in Orthodontic FAQs.
What does an orthodontist do?
An orthodontist is a dental specialist who has had two to three years of additional education and dental experience. Dr. Nick Savastano can straighten your teeth, fix misaligned jaw structures, and improve the function and appearance of your smile.
Which is the best age for an orthodontist to see you?
An orthodontist can help improve the appearance and feel of your smile at any age. American Association of Orthodontists suggests that children see an orthodontist at seven years of age. However, orthodontic treatment can be done by both children and teens.
One in five orthodontic patients over 21 receives some type of orthodontic treatment. No matter if you are looking for treatment for yourself, or for your child, it is worth visiting the orthodontist at any age.
What can I do to take care of my teeth while wearing braces or a retainer?
Always remember to brush your teeth after each meal, and floss at very least once per day. Use toothpaste with fluoride. Ask The Smile Store if you require a fluoride rinse. This will prevent cavities. Make sure to brush your teeth and floss before you remove your retainer for eating.
You can also brush your retainer gently with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Our office may instruct you to soak your retainer in denture cleaner. Your retainer should not be placed in boiling water, or in the dishwasher.
Avoid sugary foods during your treatment. This can increase the bacteria in your mouth and cause more cavities. Avoid chewy and sticky foods like chewing gum, candy, gummy bears, caramel, gummy bears, gummy bears, gummy bears, hard candy, nuts, ice cubes, or any food that might get stuck in your braces (corn, soft bagels ribs, taffy, etc.).
Schedule routine dental checkups with your orthodontist. It is recommended that you visit your dentist at least once every six months.
What are braces?
Orthodontists use braces to improve the appearance and feel of your smile. There are many types of braces available, including:
- Clear braces
- Ceramic braces
- Lingual braces
- Braces that self-ligate
- Invisible Braces
- Braces made of traditional metal
How long will I need to wear braces if I get them?
Braces can be worn for a different amount of time depending on each patient’s smile. Every smile reacts differently to orthodontic treatment. While treatment can take anywhere from 6 to 30 months, most standard orthodontic treatments take around 22 months.
Are braces painful?
Braces are not painful, but you might feel some discomfort for a few days while your mouth, teeth, and gums adjust to the braces.
Do I have to brush my teeth more often with braces?
Braces require that you brush your teeth at very least three times per day. This will help keep your gums and teeth healthy. Regular brushing will remove food stuck between braces. Always brush your teeth after having a meal.
Daily flossing is a must to reach between braces. Once your braces have been placed, we can help you brush and floss correctly. Orthodontic FAQs
Do I still need to have my six-monthly dental checkups if I wear braces?
Yes! It’s important for patients who have received orthodontic treatment to visit their orthodontist on a regular basis. Braces can trap food in places that your toothbrush cannot reach. This can cause bacteria buildup and lead to gum disease, gingivitis, and cavities. While you have braces, our team will work closely with you to ensure your teeth are healthy and clean.
Will my braces will interfere with school activities such as singing, playing an instrument, and sports?
While braces may need to be adjusted when you get your braces, playing an instrument or contact sport will not prevent you from participating in school activities. To protect your braces and appliance, you should wear a mouthguard if you are involved in contact sports.
How can I get started?
Call us today! Our staff will help you schedule an initial consult. We will gladly schedule your next appointment if you are a new or referral patient.
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