Frequently Asked Questions About Orthodontics
Who's an orthodontist?
Orthodontist is a dentist who has chosen to specialize, spending two to three additional years in training to learn orthodontics. An orthodontist straightens teeth, corrects misaligned jaw structures, and improves the function of smiles.
What are Invisalign Attachments?
Attachments or buttons are small dental pieces that are tooth-colored and are bonded to specific teeth as part of the treatment process. Each are engineered for specific movement and assure efficient means of shifting teeth.
Attachments made with the proprietary technology known as SmartForce are designed to work exclusively with aligners made by Invisalign. The SmartForce attachments are available in a wide variety of forms and dimensions, and each one is tailored to a particular motion or hold on the object. The shape and size of the aligners that are used for the movement of each tooth will be determined by your doctor.
Will my braces cause discomfort?
Braces do not often hurt though you may feel a small amount of discomfort for a couple days as your teeth, gums, cheeks, and mouth get used to your new braces.
Do I still need to visit the general dentist?
Yes! In fact, it's even more important that patients receiving orthodontic treatment visit their dentist regularly. With braces, food may be caught in places that your toothbrush can't reach. This causes bacteria to build up that can lead to cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease. Your dentist will work closely with your orthodontist to make sure that your teeth stay clean and healthy while wearing braces.
Will braces interfere with school-related activities such as singing, playing an instrument, or sports?
Playing an instrument or a contact sport may require some adjustment when you first get your braces, but wearing braces will not stop you from participating in any of your school activities. If you play a contact sport, it is recommended that you wear a mouthguard to protect your braces or appliance.
What are some other reasons for wearing braces other than to get a pretty smile?
While achieving a straighter and more aesthtic smile is a common reason for orthodontic treatment, there are several other reasons why braces may be recommended:
- Correcting Malocclusions: Braces are commonly used to correct various types of malocclusions, or improper bites. This includes conditions like overbites, underbites, crossbites, and open bites. By aligning the teeth and jaws, braces can improve the functionality of the bite and improve chewing and speaking abilities.
- Addressing Crowding / Spacing Issues: Braces can be used to address crowded or spaced-out teeth. Crowding occurs when there is insufficient space in the jaw to accommodate all the teeth, leading to overlapping or misaligned teeth. Spacing, on the other hand, occurs when there are gaps between teeth due to missing teeth or discrepancies in tooth size. Braces can help align the teeth properly and close any gaps or spaces.
- General Oral Health: Crooked or crowded teeth can make oral hygiene challenging. It can be difficult to clean properly between misaligned teeth, which may increase the risk of tooth decay, gum disease and other dental problems. By aligning the teeth, braces make it easier to maintain good oral hygiene, reducing the likelihood of future dental problems.
- Resolving Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorders: TMJ disorders can cause jaw pain, headaches, clicking or popping of the jaw, and other uncomfortable symptoms. In some cases, braces may be a direct part of a treatment plan to address these issues. By improving the alignment, braces can help alleviate the strain on the temporomandibular joint and provide relief from TMJ-related symptoms.