Orthodontist and Invisalign FAQ
Why is Orthodontics important?
An attractive smile and improved self-image is just one of the benefits of orthodontic treatment. Alleviating and preventing physical health problems is just as important. Without treatment, orthodontic problems can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, bone destruction, chewing and digestive difficulties, speech impairments, tooth loss and other dental injuries.
At what age should I schedule an appointment for an orthodontic evaluation?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic evaluation at age 7. By this age, several permanent teeth in most children have erupted, allowing us to effectively evaluate your orthodontic condition.
Is it necessary for my family dentist to schedule my appointment with the orthodontist?
No, it is not necessary. Many or our patients are referred by their regular dentist, however, many patients make the decision to visit an orthodontist in Las Vegas and schedule an evaluation on their own.
Will my teeth straighten out as they grow?
No, they will not. The space available for front teeth does not increase as you grow. In most people, after the permanent molars erupt, the space available for the front teeth decreases with age.
Will I need to have teeth extracted for braces?
Removing teeth is sometimes necessary to achieve the best orthodontic results. However, because new technology has provided advanced orthodontic procedures, removing teeth is not always necessary for orthodontic treatment.
Will braces hurt?
Most orthodontic patients experience some discomfort the first week after their braces are put on, and right after the braces are tightened. You can use aspirin, non-aspirin pain reliever or ibuprofen to ease the discomfort.
How long will it take to complete treatment?
Treatment time depends on each patient’s orthodontic problem. In most cases orthodontic treatment lasts between 8-30 months. The typical time a patient is in braces is 18-24 months.
Can I still play sports during orthodontic treatment?
Yes, you can! We recommend that a mouth guard be worn when playing all sports.
Do I need to see my family dentist during orthodontic treatment?
Absolutely! Regular checkups with your family dentist are important while in braces. Your family dentist will determine the necessary dental cleaning schedule while you are in braces.
What is an emergency appointment? How are they handled?
If your braces are causing severe pain or something breaks you should call our office. In many cases, we are able to address the problem over the phone. If your situation requires additional attention we will make arrangements to see you. We are always available to offer assistants to our patients!
Are retainers necessary?
A retainer is a device worn full or part-time after braces have been removed. The retainer is designed to prevent your teeth from drifting or moving while the bone around your teeth hardens and stabilizes. The longer you wear your retainer, the better your chances are that your teeth will not relapse. Retainers provide assurance that your teeth will stay in perfect alignment while your jaw continues to grow or develop.
Is it too late to have braces if I am an adult?
Definitely not! Twenty five percent of all orthodontic patient’s are adults. No patient is “too old” to wear braces.
Is orthodontic treatment expensive?
Costs vary depending on the type of treatment. Today many dental policies cover orthodontic benefits making orthodontic fees more affordable than ever before. At Simister Orthodontics we are committed to finding the financial solution that works for you.
Why should you choose an orthodontic specialist?
Orthodontic specialists have extensive and specialized training that enables them to provide their patients with professional, personalized treatment plans. It is important that the treatment plan is appropriate for your needs and that it be completed.
I still have other questions, who should I talk to?
If you have any other questions please feel free to e-mail us or call us at 702.735.4169, ask for Shari.
I am ready to set up an appointment, what next?
Give us a call at 702.735.4169 or stop in and we will help you get started.