At Happy Dental & Orthodontics, we believe that patient education is the foundation of good oral health. The following information is designed to answer some of the most frequently asked questions.
What Is the Difference Between a Dentist and an Orthodontist?
A general dentist does not specialize in any one particular area of dentistry. They are usually concerned with the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of a wide variety of dental problems. Most visits to a general dentist consist of a routine check-up and professional cleaning.
An orthodontist is a dentist who specializes in straightening your teeth and correcting malocclusions (misaligned bites). As an orthodontist, Dr. Christian Silva DDS has undergone years of additional education to ensure the safety and success of your treatment.
What Is the Best Age to Begin Orthodontic Treatment?
Healthy teeth can be moved at any age. While both children and adults can benefit from orthodontics, children typically have the most to gain. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an initial consultation around seven years of age.
Who Needs Orthodontic Treatment?
During your initial consultation, we will be able to determine if you or your child needs orthodontic treatment. Misaligned teeth can result in many secondary complications. We typically recommend orthodontic treatment to correct:
Why Is Orthodontic Treatment Important?
An attractive smile can do wonders for your self-confidence. Crowded or crooked teeth can also be much more difficult to clean. These areas may eventually experience gum disease and tooth decay. These problems can affect the aesthetics of your smile and jeopardize your oral and bodily health.
Many problems that require orthodontics will eventually worsen without treatment. This is why it is important for children to see an orthodontist before major complications occur. Teeth are also easier to move during the development phase.
How Long Does Orthodontic Treatment Take?
The length of orthodontic treatment varies from patient to patient. For instance, braces can be worn as little as six months or as long as three years. The average length of treatment with braces is about 22 months.
The actual length of treatment is dictated by which problems need correcting and the severity of those problems. Once your treatment is complete, it is important to protect your investment. Wearing a retainer after your treatment is a necessity. Even after orthodontics, your teeth will continue to shift back to their original position, undoing all your hard work. A retainer is a simple and effective way to keep your teeth straight for a lifetime.
Why Choose Our Office for Your Orthodontic Treatment?
If you or your child need orthodontics, you have come to the right place. We not only specialize in different orthodontic treatments, but we also excel in these areas. Our use of cutting-edge technology and advanced techniques allow us to provide supreme results. Our goal is to ensure your personalized care is the safest, most comfortable, and most effective treatment available today!
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If you would like to learn more about our orthodontic treatment call 470-922-5500 and schedule your consultation today!