Most people know a little bit about the world of orthodontics. Everybody has a friend, relative, or acquaintance with braces, and we all know you have to wear a retainer after you get your braces off so your teeth don’t shift back. Take this fun quiz to learn more about the field of orthodontics.
True or False: Occlusion is a term for damage or wear on the back teeth.
Answer: False. Occlusion refers to the way your upper and lower teeth fit together. If the fit is incorrect, often called a bad bite, you may need orthodontic treatment.
True or False: Braces are for patients of all ages.
Answer: True. You are never too old to enjoy the benefits of a straight smile, including better oral health and renewed confidence.
True or False: Patients must wear their retainers for as long as the orthodontist thinks it’s necessary.
Answer: True. Initially, you will probably have to wear your retainer very night, maybe more often, to keep teeth in the proper position. Your orthodontist will monitor your teeth and let you know how many hours a day to wear the appliance.
True or False: Invisalign describes a new science fiction movie.
Answer: False. A series of clear, custom aligners, Invisalign orthodontic treatment works for older teen and adult patients who want straighter teeth without the hassle of metal braces.
True or False: You can’t play a musical instrument if you wear braces.
Answer: False. Although you may have an initial adjustment period, braces won’t stop you from jamming on your saxophone.