Do You Have Questions? We Have Answers.

April 19, 2023

Whichever a patient’s orthodontic correction method—metal braces, clear braces or invisible aligners—the success that comes from wearing the appliances requires investments in time, effort and patience.

At the office of Orthodontics, Inc., our skilled and compassionate team of professionals are experts in the field of orthodontics and offer the highest quality of care. We will examine every aspect of your dental alignment and discuss with you your treatment options. Properly aligned teeth do wonders for your smile and oral health.

The many aspects of orthodontic treatment naturally elicit a whole host of questions. Here’s a Q&A for topics you may be wondering about.

Q. If my teeth are crooked on only the bottom or top, can I get braces just there?
A. The best results usually require treatment of the bottom and top. A definitive conclusion can be made only after an exam and consultation with an orthodontist.

Q. Will wearing extra rubber bands speed up my treatment time?
A. No. In fact, instead of accelerating the therapy, it could easily harm it. Rubber bands produce forces that braces alone can’t. Impromptu intensities could very well ruin the planned process by moving your teeth to the wrong place and/or at the wrong time. You should never deviate from the orthodontist’s instructions.

Q. If I want to get my tongue pierced, will it get in the way of my orthodontic appliance?
A. The stud can break appliances in one or more places, as well as damage your teeth and gums. It may also, whether you realize it or not, change how you move your tongue to compensate for the stud’s presence. Those alterations can make you thrust it to places where the extra pressure could hurt how your braces are intended to work.

Q. Some of my child’s peers have started orthodontic treatment, but our orthodontist wants to wait. Why is there a difference?
A. Children of the same age mature at different paces and have a variety of teeth-movement requirements. Orthodontists tailor each patient’s treatment to his/her growth, development and orthodontic need.

Q. When my orthodontic treatment is done, will my teeth stay straight for the rest of my life?
A. Unfortunately, no. Teeth are living entities that can shift throughout your life. That’s why it’s imperative to wear your retainer for as long as your orthodontist instructs.

The office of Orthodontics, Inc. utilizes a variety of up-to-the-minute techniques and appliances that are at the forefront of orthodontic care to make your treatment more effective. These advances offer a host of patient benefits that include less discomfort, fewer maintenance visits and shortened overall treatment time. For more information about our many services, please contact us today.