Why should we just refer to an orthodontist for orthodontic treatment?
General dentists have not completed a three-year academic specialty program in orthodontics in a credible university and as a result they have not acquired the sufficient skill and knowledge to practice orthodontics. Therefore, orthodontic treatment done by non-specialists can have irreparable consequences for patients.
Does orthodontics cause tooth decay and discoloration?
If oral hygiene is maintained regularly during the orthodontic treatment according to the orthodontist’s advice and given instructions, there won’t be any tooth decay. As patients may know, since the backside of the braces and rubber bands are suitable places for microbial growth, maintaining oral hygiene during orthodontics is of significant importance, so it is essential to clean the teeth with toothbrush and dental floss, as you were taught, after each meal.
Though, it is possible the teeth seem duller during fixed orthodontics. That’s because the orthodontic braces and wires on the teeth prevent the toothbrush being brushed on their surface. However, this will be resolved by polishing when treatment is completed.
Orthodontics can also be done in adulthood and at an older age. At an older age, orthodontics is mostly done to correct misaligned teeth and dental irregularities and to have a more beautiful smile. In fact, orthodontics is possible as long as gums are healthy and there are teeth. To be assured of the health of the gums, brush a soft toothbrush on them. If there was bleeding, the gums should be treated first and then proceed with orthodontics.
Very little. The first few days of orthodontics and in appointments where new adjustments are made, the patients may experience some pain, but the pain disappears on its own. The pain from orthodontics is very insignificant compared to the pain from tooth extraction, root canal, etc. In case of any pain, the patient can also use mild painkillers the first few days.
How do I know if my child needs orthodontic treatment?
It is difficult for you to determine if your child needs an orthodontic problem or not because sometimes the front teeth look straight but your child may need orthodontic treatment. A general dentist or orthodontist can diagnose whether your child needs orthodontic treatment or not.
Early orthodontic treatment is not necessary for all children; some orthodontic treatment can more easily treat in the teen years when all permanent teeth are come out. The doctor can decide whether early treatment is necessary for your child or not.
Although there is no age limitation for orthodontics treatment most orthodontists are believed that the best time for having orthodontic treatment is when all baby teeth are lost and permanent teeth start coming in (around age 7).
There are five most common braces including a metal brace, ceramic braces, lingual braces, self-ligating brace, and Invisalign. But your doctor can diagnose which type is right for you after the clinical checkup.