What causes orthodontic problems?

Most orthodontic problems are inherited. Examples of these genetic problems are crowding, spacing, protrusion, extra or missing teeth, and some jaw growth problems. Other malocclusions are acquired by thumb sucking or finger sucking, dental disease, accidents, the early or late loss of primary teeth, and other causes.

Why should I get braces?

Crooked and crowded teeth are hard to clean and maintain. A bad bite can also cause abnormal wear of tooth surfaces or difficulty in chewing and/or speaking. Excess stress on the jawbone, jaw joints, and gums can be an issue as well. Without treatment, problems can worsen and require more complex or aggressive procedures later in life, such as surgery.

What age is best to start orthodontic treatment?

Most orthodontic patients begin treatment around 10 years of age. Generally, the earlier treatment is begun, the easier the problems are to correct.

Do braces hurt?

When you get your braces, they will be glued to the outside of your teeth with a special adhesive. No shots are required, and you will feel no pain. When teeth begin to move, you may notice minor discomfort. Tylenol is usually sufficient for mild pain relief.

How long will I need braces?

Generally, most people wear braces for 18-24 months. After your braces are removed, you will need to wear retainers to keep teeth straight.

How much does treatment cost?

The cost of orthodontic treatment will depend on many factors, including the severity of the problem. At Straight Teeth Orthodontics, we accept most dental insurance. Credit cards are accepted, and in office payment plans or CareCredit are available. We offer a free consultation so that you can determine the cost of treatment.

What is the parent’s role in treatment?

Orthodontic treatment is a partnership between Dr. Evans and the patient (and parents). Dr. Evans will provide braces and appliances that use gentle pressure to move teeth into the ideal position.

The patient must follow the orthodontist’s instructions, keep scheduled appointments, maintain excellent oral hygiene, and wear bands or headgear as prescribed.


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