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When it comes to orthodontics and orthodontic treatment, many people become overwhelmed, worried, and even scared at times. If you are one of these people, we are here to help you by answering your questions! We believe knowing more information will help you feel more comfortable and prepared. So, please feel free to take your first step toward comfortable orthodontics by reading the answers to the following questions:

How do I know if I need orthodontic treatment?
Misaligned teeth, gaps between your teeth, and an improper bite are all conditions that need orthodontic treatment. If you aren’t sure how to test for an improper bite, simply bite down and see if your teeth fit perfectly together. If they don’t, you have an improper bite.

How many different types of braces are available?
We are thrilled to tell you that you have four different options available when it comes to orthodontic treatment. Those options include traditional braces (which is a cheap and successful option), ceramic braces (which is an appliance that is natural looking), lingual braces (which is an appliance that is glued to the back of your teeth), and clear aligners (like Invisalign® or ClearCorrect®, which are clear, plastic aligners that are virtually invisible).

Can you be too old for orthodontic treatment?
No, you can never be too old for orthodontic treatment. The only factor that may prevent treatment is the health of your gums and underlying bones. If they are unhealthy and weak, it is best to avoid orthodontic treatment.

At what age should a child first visit the orthodontic office?
You can bring your child into our office by the time they are 7 years old. Bringing them into our office at this age will help you know if they will need orthodontic treatment in the future. It will also help your child start the orthodontic process early if necessary.

Will orthodontic treatment hurt?
No, orthodontic treatment is not generally associated with pain. However, it does often cause some soreness and tenderness, which is completely normal. The tenderness and soreness will only last for a couple days after your braces have been tightened. To dull the discomfort, you can take over-the-counter pain medications. There may also be times when your appliance irritates your lips, cheeks, and tongue. When this happens, simply cover the appliance with orthodontic wax.

Now we know there are many other questions about orthodontics in the world today, and we’re guessing you have some of them. So, if you have additional questions that weren’t included in this blog, please feel free to call our office today and talk to a member of our team. We are happy to help you!