The obvious potential reward for orthodontic treatment is straighter teeth that are less prone to decay , gum disease and injury – but just as important is the boost to self-confidence that a better smile can provide.
Through orthodontics, what ever kind of treatment that you will have can help you achieve that confidence. More adults are receiving treatment than ever before. Our treatments have become better for treating children as well as adults. As you prepare to make decisions about orthodontic treatment, it’s very important to be aware of the facts.
Here’s a series of questions and answers that will hopefully allow you to understand the science better:
As the teeth, jaws and lips become properly aligned through orthodontics, a patient’s self image dramatically improves, this being the most obvious benefit. Without treatment, orthodontic problems may lead to tooth decay, gum disease, bone destruction and chewing and digestive difficulties. These long term effects can impact our health greatly.
When should my child first see an orthodontist?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child should get an orthodontic screening no later than age seven. Many orthodontic problems are easier to correct if detected early, rather than waiting until jaw growth has slowed. We especially like to see girls early because they may go through puberty early. Early treatment may mean a patient may avoid surgery or other serious corrections later in life.
Are you ever to old for braces?
No, you are never to old because healthy teeth can be moved at any age. Orthodontists can improve the smile of practically anyone. In fact, orthodontists regularly treat patients in their 40′s, 50′s and older! We love treating adult patients!
Who says braces are just for kids?
Over 1 million adults in the United States who have chosen orthodontic treatment as the route to better oral health and emotional well-being. Adults are discovering that today’s high-tech materials are light-years away from the “metal mouth” look they may have been familiar with as teenagers. Our treatment options include Invisalign (clear aligners) and clear or tooth colored brackets. The new braces we are using are computer generated, which gives a more precise and quicker result.
Who needs orthodontics?
No one can deny the importance of a winning smile, it gives and individual more self-esteem which is valuable in succeeding professionally and socially. Today, orthodontic treatment is so convenient and affordable that individuals from childhood through retirement can reap the important benefits. Braces fit easily into today’s active lifestyles. They’re comfortable, easy to keep clean and less visible than in the past. New techniques and materials can extend the period between appointments, saving time and expense.
What’s the right age for Orthodontic Treatment?
The right age can be any age. Early examination allows us to determine when your child is emotionally and dentally ready for orthodontic treatment. Sometimes treatment is divided into two parts , during growth which we like to call the foundation building and the second part is putting the final pieces together. Treatment during these growth stages can achieve results not possible once face and jawbones have finished growing. Full orthodontic treatment with braces generally starts after most of all the permanent teeth are in place, usually at ages 11-13 years old.
What about costs?
Cost will vary, of course, depending on the nature of the treatment plan. You may be surprised to discover that orthodontics is less expensive than you thought. Dr.Baurmash offers various finance plans to help meet individual treatment needs. It is important to keep in mind the lifetime value that orthodontic treatment provides.
What about insurance?
If your insurance covers orthodontic treatment, you will receive the benefit of reduced personal costs. Many insurance policies have a lifetime orthodontic benefit that is distinct from regular dental insurance. Remember that insurance policies vary, and we will review your insurance to determine the appropriate course of action. Once our team starts to transform your smile, we will gladly accept and file insurance assignment on your behalf to make sure your benefits are maximized.
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