Yes and no. Initially, you're going to feel some discomfort after getting the braces on. I like to describe the initial tooth movement like trying to push your car after it broke down.
For most people, their bite can be corrected by simply moving just the teeth, but in some cases moving just the teeth may not be enough and movement of the jaws themselves is required to adequately correct the bite.
When a patient undergoes orthodontic treatment, their treatment will take an average of 18-24 months with another 12 months follow up and they will spend around $6,000.
Elastics, or rubber bands, are an essential part of orthodontic treatment for most patients. Elastics are used for arguably the most important part of your treatment, bite correction.
Interproximal reduction, also referred to as IPR, is the process of reshaping the teeth to make them a little smaller by stripping or polishing sides of the teeth at their point of contact.
For the majority of children and young adolescents, waiting until all their baby teeth fall out before starting orthodontic treatment is not a problem and oftentimes is recommended. But in a few situations early treatment, also referred to as phase 1 treatment, is indicated. In this article we will discuss what those cases are.
There are 6 reasons why your orthodontist may recommend orthodontic treatment for your child who still has baby teeth.
To answer the original question, “Am I too old for braces?”, the answer is no. No one is too old for the benefits of braces and if braces aren’t your thing there are other treatment options available to you like Invisalign and InBrace that may fit your lifestyle better. So don’t hesitate to see your orthodontist for a consultation and see how you can benefit from orthodontic treatment.
The short answer is no. Legally your orthodontist cannot diagnose sleep apnea. Only a medical doctor, that is someone with an MD or DO degree, can legally diagnose you with sleep apnea. The long answer is that your orthodontist may be qualified to recognize the signs and symptoms which he or she will refer you to your medical doctor.
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