If you're about to embark on your first orthodontic journey, you’ll probably have some questions to ask. Our friendly team wants to make sure you feel comfortable and knowledgeable about your care. Below we’ve compiled the answers to some of the common questions we get from our patients here at the practices of Orthodontic Specialists of Lake County.
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What is orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a specialized field of dentistry, focused on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial abnormalities. It is also referred to as dentofacial orthopedics, and is used largely to align teeth, lips, and jaws to create a more functional and aesthetic appearance for your face and your smile. Every orthodontist is a dentist, but not every dentist is an orthodontist. An orthodontist is a dental specialist who has embarked on an additional two to three years of training.
Will my teeth straighten out as they grow?
No. The space available for your front teeth does not increase as you grow. In most people, the space available for your front teeth will decrease with age.
Will I need to have teeth extracted for braces?
In some cases, it’s necessary to remove teeth to achieve the best orthodontic results. However, thanks to new technology and advanced orthodontic procedures, removing teeth is not always necessary for orthodontic treatment.
How long do I need to wear my braces or aligners?
The amount of time spent in braces or aligners varies depending on the individual patient. Every smile responds differently to treatments. Treatment times can take anywhere between 6 and 21 months, but on average, standard treatment with braces or aligners can take about 12 -18 months.
Do braces hurt?
Braces do not often hurt. You may feel a small amount of discomfort or aching for a few days as your teeth, gums, cheeks, and mouth get used to your new braces. If you experience persistent pain, please contact Orthodontic Specialists of Lake County immediately so that we can resolve the issue and ensure that your braces are functioning correctly.
Are there less noticeable braces?
There are many types of braces. Today, brackets can be clear or metal depending on your preference. Alternatives to traditional braces also include Invisalign, which is a set of clear, removable retainers that gradually shift the position of your teeth. To learn more about the types of braces provided by our specialist orthodontists, book your initial consultation today.
How do I schedule my next appointment?
Just give us a call or sign up for an appointment online! Our front desk team will be happy to help you make your next appointment at our office. If you are a new patient or have been referred to our practice, please let us know so that we can provide you with all the information you need.