How do you define orthodontics?
Dentistry is a large field of medicine with several subspecialties, including surgery, pedodontics, oral medicine, periodontics, prosthodontics, conservative dentistry, and orthodontics. Orthodontics is a subspecialty of dentistry that focuses on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of different facial and dental anomalies such as poor bites, crooked jaws, and misaligned jaws.
What is an orthodontist?
An orthodontist is a dental professional who has received further education and clinical training in the field for two to three years. Straightening your teeth, balancing your bite, correcting jaw structure, and improving the aesthetics of your smile may all be accomplished by an orthodontist.
How do I handle an orthodontic emergency?
Although there are relatively few actual orthodontic emergencies, you may experience loose or broken brackets during treatment, or that the orthodontic wires have shifted and are aggravating your lips or cheeks. There are many issues that can be fixed at home with pliers or a nail-cutter, but it is always advisable to visit the office to have the problem solved permanently.
When is the most appropriate time to see an orthodontist?
If you want to enhance the appearance and feel of your smile, you may consult an orthodontist at any age. Although the American Association of Orthodontists advises that children see an orthodontist by the age of seven, orthodontic treatment is not limited to children and adolescents.
What precisely are braces?
Orthodontists use a variety of devices to enhance the appearance and function of your smile, but braces are by far the most widely used. There are various types of braces to select from, including clear aligners, Clarity ceramic braces and traditional metal braces. Each type of braces has its own features, but all of them work under the same principle: they add gentle but constant pressure on teeth to gradually shift them into the correct position.
How long do I have to wear braces if I get them?
Because each smile reacts differently to therapy, the length of time spent wearing braces varies from patient to patient. Treatment duration may range from six to thirty months, with the majority of treatments lasting approximately 22 months.
Will my braces obstruct my school activities such as athletics, music, or singing?
While playing an instrument or engaging in a contact sport may need some adjustment when you first acquire your braces, braces will not prevent you from participating in any of your school activities. If you participate in a contact sport, use a mouthguard to protect your braces or appliance.
Will my results last forever?
With the right care, you can keep your new and improved smile for the rest of your life. After your treatment is complete and you are brace-free, Dr. Nadeau will fabricate and fit your first retainer. To obtain long-lasting results, make sure to wear your retainer as instructed and continue with healthy oral hygiene habits.