When you or your children need orthodontic treatment, you may wonder what that entails. Before treatment begins, your orthodontist will review the plans and explain everything in detail. These questions and answers are designed to provide you with some of the information you may need.
Q: If my six-year-old has permanent teeth that are coming in crooked, do I need to see an orthodontist already?
A: As your child grows older and gets more teeth, crowding and spacing issues will only get worse. Having an examination as early as possible allows the orthodontist to prevent further problems.
Q: Will braces impact my child’s ability to play sports?
A: Whether your child has braces or not, most dentists and orthodontists suggest a mouth guard to protect the face and mouth. The doctor can fit your child for a mouth guard designed to work with the braces.
Q: My husband has taken a new job and we have to move in the middle of my child’s treatment. What should we do?
A: Before you leave, schedule a final appointment to review your child’s progress and discuss any concerns you have. Ask for referrals if your orthodontist knows the area to which you are relocating. Once you get settled, make an appointment to meet the new orthodontist and resume treatment.
Q: I’m over 50. Am I too old for braces?
A: You never outgrow the benefits of a straight, vibrant smile. In fact, straight teeth are easier to keep clean, which minimizes the risks of tooth decay and gum disease. As well, having a picture-perfect set of pearly whites can boost your confidence and contribute to overall success. Many orthodontists treat patients in their 80s, so schedule a consultation appointment with your doctor.
Q: Will my child need to have teeth pulled before getting braces?
A: In the past, doctors recommended removal of permanent teeth as standard protocol with orthodontic treatment. Now, most patients do not have teeth removed to achieve a gorgeous smile.