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1. What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that specializes in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. Braces are appliances or devices used to make these corrections.

2. What are the early warning signs of a bad bite?

  • Upper front teeth protrude or are "bucked".
  • Upper front teeth cover more than 25% of the bottom front teeth when the back teeth are biting together.
  • Upper front teeth grow in behind the lower front teeth.
  • A space exists between the top and bottom front teeth with the back teeth biting together.
  • Crowded or overlapped teeth or extra teeth.
  • Baby teeth are slow to fall.
  • The centers of the top and bottom front teeth don't line up.
  • Finger sucking habit continuing after 6 years of age.
  • Difficulty in chewing.
  • Teeth wearing unevenly.
  • Jaws that shift off center when the teeth bite together.
  • Excessive spaces between teeth that persist after the top permanent canine teeth appear.
  • Attempt of trying to hide teeth or smile by hands.
3. When should I look for the early warning signs?

It is most important to examine your child's teeth as the permanent teeth grow in. Although children mature at different rates, there are some averages for permanent tooth arrival.

4. Will additional jaw growth allow self-correction of crowded teeth visible in an 8 year old?

No. The space available for the front teeth does not increase after the permanent 6-year molars erupt. In most people, the space available for the front teeth decreases with increasing age.

5. What causes crooked teeth?

Heredity is the main cause although local factors such as finger sucking, high cavity rate, gum disease, trauma and premature loss of baby teeth can also contribute to a bad bite.

6. Why should I have my teeth straightened? 

Poorly arranged teeth can break easily and can trap food particles that cause tooth decay and gum disease. They can also lead to poor chewing and digestion, which can be bad for your overall health. Finally, poorly arranged teeth detract from your smile, which is one of the more important features of your face.

7. How do braces straighten crooked teeth? 

Braces or plate with springs and elastics use steady, gentle pressure to move teeth into their proper positions. They may look doind nothing but just sitting there. In fact, every moment of your orthodontic treatment, there's something happening in your mouth. With pressure on one side, the bone on the other side gives way. The tooth moves. New bone grows in behind. It may look like nothing is happening--but we're making a new smile for you. Thanks to new materials and procedures, all this happens much quicker than ever before.  

8. Can you be too old for braces?

No. If the bone and gum tissue around the teeth are healthy, age is not a factor. About 20% of orthodontic patients are adults.

9. Is orthodontic care expensive?

Well-timed orthodontic treatment to correct a problem is often less costly than the additional dental care required to treat the more serious problems that can develop years later. Treatment with Removable Appliances is not expensive.

10. When is the best time to schedule an initial consultation?

Early consultation allows the orthodontist to determine the optimum time for treatment to begin. In some cases, satisfactory results are unattainable once the face and jaws have finished growing. Seven years old is a good rule of thumb for a child unless you see a noticeable problem earlier. Early examination often permits maximum improvement with the least amount of time and expense.