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What do orthodontists do?
A. Orthodontists are dental specialists, such as Dr. Marshall, who diagnose and treat problems with the position, alignment, or spacing of the teeth and related irregularities in the face and the jaw. We use several special treatments, including braces and other oral appliances, to correct these problems.
Why should I (or my loved ones) get orthodontic treatment?
A. There are two good reasons: aesthetics and function. Having an attractive smile not only changes the way people see you — it enhances your self-image as well. Orthodontic treatment also allows your teeth to function better and makes it easier to keep them clean, improving your overall health.
When should orthodontic treatment be started?
A. You’re never too old to begin orthodontic treatment — but if you start at an earlier age, your problems may be easier to treat. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that a child who may need orthodontic treatment come in for a first visit around age 7.
How can I recognize a potential bite problem?
A. Teeth that are protruding, crowded together, or erupting out of position are clear indications that treatment is needed. Less obvious signs are mouth breathing, frequent biting of the cheek or palate, speech difficulties, and thumb sucking past 3-4 years of age. If teeth don’t meet properly when the mouth closes, or if jaws make sounds or shift as they move, this may also indicate an orthodontic problem.
Does getting braces hurt? What about wearing them?
A. Having braces put on is generally painless. Some people experience minor aches and pains in the first couple of days or so as they adjust to wearing their appliances; periodic adjustments may sometimes cause soreness, though it typically lasts only a short time. Over-the-counter pain relievers can alleviate any discomfort but are usually unnecessary.
How long will treatment take?
A. It’s different for each person, but generally, the active stage of treatment (wearing braces or other appliances) may take 6-30 months. After that, a retainer is worn.
How often will I come in for an appointment?
A. It depends on what’s being done and how often you need to be monitored. During active treatment, you’ll typically come into our office once every 4 to 10 weeks.