Are Orthodontics for Everyone? Get Your Questions Answered Here

OrthodonticsIn our orthodontics office, we are asked by patients what they should do to straighten their teeth and which type of solution is right for them.  This is a question with a complicated answer because we believe in customized treatment plans.  Our approach to dental care includes finding out what your needs are through an examination, x-rays, and learning about your lifestyle. Factors like how busy you are, how often you can visit the dentist, what your budget is, and whether or not you are on a time crunch all factor in to whether or not you should get orthodontics.  To find out if this solution is right for you, call and schedule a consultation.  In the meantime, here are a few things to consider.

What do you not like about your teeth?

If your major concern is that your teeth are crooked or your jaw is out of alignment, as is common with an overbite or underbite, then you should definitely consider either braces or clear aligners.  Both forms of orthodontics will do an excellent job of slowly moving your teeth into position and aligning your jaw. However, if your main concern is that you have a gap in between two of your teeth or one tooth sticks out too far, you may want to consider a cosmetic solution like dental veneers.  We can place veneers on two of your teeth to close the gap and even use them to make your teeth appear straighter.  This is not an ideal solution when you have teeth that are out of position but for minor fixes, it can make more sense to use a cosmetic procedure than to wear braces or aligners for a year or more.

How do you feel?

If you are experiencing soreness when you eat or bite down because of a misaligned jaw, orthodontics is definitely the right solution for you.  Misalignments can cause irritation, discomfort, and make eating inconvenient.  In this case, we can help by moving your jaw into the right position. Typically, orthodontics is enough to do so but in the rare occasion, oral surgery is necessary to complete the process.  We can let you know what to expect during a consultation.

How much time do you have?

An orthodontics treatment takes time and commitment that you need to be prepared for.  Traditional metal braces are the most demanding because you need to visit an orthodontist for regular appointments where your wires can either be tightened or replaced to ensure that your teeth are moving correctly.  Braces also require additional care steps throughout the day and place restrictions on what you can eat.  The results are excellent, but the commitment level is high.  Clear aligners require far less work because you can take them out to eat and brush your teeth.  You also do not need to come in to have your aligners adjusted but will simply switch them out for new ones at home.  This makes it much easier for patients to use an orthodontics treatment than it used to be.  Still, if you need a faster solution, we can also discuss cosmetic dentistry.

To learn more about your options, call and schedule a consultation today.