We invite you to learn more about braces and orthodontic treatment so you can be on your way to a beautiful new smile! Read below to learn more.
What is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is the area of dentistry concerned with the supervision, guidance and correction of the dentofacial structures. Orthodontic treatment uses braces, retainers and other appliances to correct any dentofacial abnormalities. Regular dental check-ups and orthodontic treatment are proven to be effective tools in helping establish and maintain good oral health for people of all ages.
What is an orthodontist?
An orthodontist is a specially trained dentist who has attended an advanced education program for a continual training period of 2 to 3 years. All members of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) have received the appropriate training.
When should I visit an orthodontist?
Some orthodontic corrections need to be made as early as 3 to 5 years of age, although most visits usually begin between the ages of 7 and 10. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends children see an orthodontist no later than age 7, when permanent teeth begin to erupt to detect any deficiencies in the child’s teeth formation. Adults should visit an orthodontist to improve the appearance of their smile and overall dental health at any time. It’s never too late to have a beautiful smile!
What can I expect on my first visit?
Your initial visit to Mesa Orthodontics will give you an opportunity to meet Dr. Hymas and our knowledgeable staff, who will answer any questions you may have. You will receive a complimentary clinical examination to determine whether orthodontic treatment is necessary and will be beneficial. A course of treatment as well as an estimate of treatment duration and fee will be given. If treatment is required, the clinical staff will take the required x-rays and a convenient appointment will be made for your fitting.
Who should wear braces?
Braces may be worn by both children and adults, not only to improve the attractiveness of their smile, but also to correct improper alignment of teeth that can lead to gum disease and early tooth loss. Left untreated, crooked teeth with irregular spacing make cleaning harder and allow cavities to more easily develop. Properly aligned teeth also make it easier to chew and eliminate the headaches and pain caused by uneven chewing. Uneven teeth may result in weak enamel, gum problems and jaw misalignment.
What will my braces look like?
Braces are lighter and more comfortable today than ever before. They come in a variety of colors and material choices. In addition, we offer Invisalign, the invisible braces. Ask our office staff about the options available. Other appliances include colorful bands, elastics and retainers, which are custom-made, removable orthodontic appliances that help keep teeth in their new straightened position after braces have been removed.
How will braces straighten my teeth?
Braces exert a gentle pressure on the teeth over time to straighten them. The two main components of braces are brackets placed on the teeth and the arch wire that connects them. The bracket is a specially-shaped metal or ceramic affixed to each tooth and the arch wire is bent to reflect the bite that the patient should have after treatment. The wire threads through the brackets and as it tries to return to its original shape, the wire applies pressure to move the teeth.
Do braces hurt?
There have been fantastic advances in modern orthodontics to make treatment more comfortable for patients. There are now smaller, smoother brackets and gentler wires which provide a continuous small force over a long period of time rather than a strong force for only a short period. Typically there is some discomfort two to three days after each adjustment. Over the counter pain relievers may be used to relieve discomfort.
Will braces affect playing sports?
You should be able to play just about any sport or activity. However, many orthodontists recommend wearing a mouth guard in contact sports or any activity where there is a chance you could get hit in the face.
Why are retainers so important?
Retainers help keep your teeth straight at the completion of treatment. If they are not worn as instructed, your teeth will move or tend to relapse. Retainers are particularly important right after the braces are removed while the teeth stabilize.
How long will my orthodontic treatment last?
Treatment may last from 12 to 34 months, though this will vary depending on your individual case. Your cooperation in keeping scheduled orthodontic appointments, maintaining proper hygiene and taking care of your braces may allow you to finish your orthodontic treatment early.
How much do braces cost?
Orthodontic fees depend on the complexity of the case, the age of the patient, the type of appliances used and the estimated length of treatment. Since each case is different, a visit to the office for a complimentary consultation will give you a better idea of the fee. We offer flexible monthly payment plans that make orthodontic care affordable.
How does insurance work?
Check with one of our offices for a full list of insurance providers. We accept and file most insurance. Please provide us with your insurance information at your first appointment.