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Everything You Need To Know About Orthodontics

What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a specialty within dentistry that focuses on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial irregularities.

What is an orthodontist?

An orthodontist is a specialist within the field of dentistry. Upon completion of dental school, orthodontists then attend 2-3 additional years of advanced training, specifically focusing on tooth movement and facial development.

What are the benefits of orthodontic treatment?
  • A beautiful smile
  • Better functionality of your bite
  • Improved self-confidence
  • Reduced wearing of your teeth, in many cases
  • Guidance of permanent teeth into ideal position
  • Improved health of teeth and gums
  • Easier to clean your teeth by flossing & brushing
What are signs that braces may be needed?
  • Excessive spaces in between teeth
  • Excessive crowding of teeth, causing teeth to rotate
  • Upper teeth protruding excessively over lower teeth
  • Lower teeth protruding past the upper teeth
  • Upper teeth covering the majority of lower teeth when biting
  • Center of upper teeth do not align with center of lower teeth
  • Difficulty chewing foods
  • Excessive or uneven tooth wear
At what age should orthodontic treatment begin?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child first visit an orthodontist by the age of seven. Many orthodontic problems can be solved more easily at a younger age, before jaw growth slows, to avoid the need for more complicated procedures. That being said, treatment can be sought out at any age, and there are many attractive treatment options available to adults today that ensure an efficient, aesthetic, and comfortable orthodontic experience.

How long does orthodontic treatment take?

Treatment duration is dependent on the severity of the case and the compliance of the patient. A patient who maintains good oral hygiene, keeps appointments, and follows instructions throughout treatment will complete their treatment on or ahead of schedule. Dr. Sellers is proud to reveal that our typical cases are roughly 6-8 months shorter than the national average of 28 months.

Is orthodontic treatment painful?

Most of our patients tell us that their teeth are sore for the first few days. Simple, over-the-counter pain medication usually alleviates this. In addition, we provide soft wax and silicone to place on any rough areas of your braces to minimize mouth irritations. Warm, salty water is also a good home remedy for oral discomfort.

How often will appointments be?

We average 6-8 weeks between visits, though it depends on the case and treatment plan. In the beginning of treatment, some patients need to be seen more frequently, while others have long (10-12 weeks) intervals between appointments. As we get closer to finishing your treatment, appointments become more frequent. When we factor all visits together, we average about 6 weeks between appointments.

How will my life be affected by Invisalign?

The quick answer is that your daily life will be basically unaffected by Invisalign. The clear, light material of the aligners ensures that they are virtually unnoticeable. And since the aligners are removable, you can eat and drink whatever you want! That being said, you will need to wear your aligners for 20 -22 hours a day, so you should only remove them for eating, brushing and flossing.

What if I have already had braces?

Teeth can shift with age, and it is a very common occurrence. Retainer wear is much different today than it was many years ago. Both Invisalign and Damon Brackets are excellent treatment options for adults.

How often will I need to see my Invisalign orthodontist?

Dr. Sellers will schedule your appointments according to your specific case. Usually, patients visit our office every 4 – 6 weeks for Invisalign treatment.