Some people see orthodontic treatment as an advanced level of care that should be reserved for those with serious tooth issues and/or a bunch of money. This is actually not true. Orthodontic treatment is actually an important part of anyone’s dental health. However, studies show that an unfortunate 70 percent of Americans who would benefit from orthodontic treatment choose to avoid it. There are many different reasons why people forgo orthodontic treatment, but a lot of them owe their existence to misinformation or lack of information altogether.
Five Common Orthodontic Questions
At Rogers & Andrews Orthodontics, we work hard to make sure that our clients feel comfortable about asking questions. We understand that knowledge is power, and we want to enable you to make smart decisions when it comes to your dental health. We’ve collected the most common questions we get on a weekly basis and shared our answers. Check it out!
How long does orthodontic treatment take?
Most people think “braces” and their hearts sink as they imagine wearing metal brackets and eating soft foods for months or even years. In this light, it can make more sense to just go on dealing with whatever dental issues are troubling them. However, you cannot have any idea of how long your treatment will be until you consult with a professional or two. Several things influence the length of your treatment, including the following:
- The complexity of the orthodontic issues you have
- If you already have periodontal conditions or decay that need to be treated before you can start orthodontic treatment
- If periodontal conditions or decay develop during your orthodontic treatment and delay your results
- The level of your level of dedication to your oral appliances, hygiene, and maintenance
- The effects of your genetics on how quickly your jaw/teeth get back into alignment
- The type of braces you choose
- Whether or not you keep your regular appointments
Put all these factors together, and orthodontic treatment can last anywhere from a few months to a few years. That being said, the average orthodontic treatment falls between one and two years. During your consultation with us, our specialists will carefully assess your needs and provide their estimations so you have some numbers to work with.
Have I gotten too old for orthodontic treatment?
This is definitely the most common question we get. Braces tend to make adults anxious, as they feel they are past the age for such treatment. However, this is just a perception. In reality, you can never be too old to enjoy the benefits of orthodontic treatment. If you’re worried about being an adult with braces, remember that over 25 percent of the 4.5 million Americans receiving orthodontic treatment are adults. The Rogers & Andrews team helps people of all different ages achieve functional, beautiful smiles. We would love to help you, too!
How do I pick a great orthodontist?
We know that the quality of your orthodontist will largely determine the quality of your treatment. Though a dentist may offer some orthodontic treatment options, you’re probably better off pursuing an orthodontic specialist. Orthodontists spend an extra two to three years in school compared to dentists. All of their continuing practice and education is dedicated to orthodontics, which means you can trust that they will be able to provide truly great care.
That being said, different orthodontists use different methods for straightening teeth and improving your dental health. Traditional braces, Incognito Lingual Braces, ceramic clear braces, and more can all be considered when you’re working with certain orthodontists to get the results you need. Our experienced specialists always take the time to understand your needs and goals so that we can make the best recommendation possible.
Do I really need an orthodontist?
Are you thinking you can live with whatever’s going on with your teeth, and that doing so is a preferable alternative to the expense and inconvenience of braces? Well, unfortunately, dental issues don’t tend to get better over time; they get worse. You need to be able to keep your mouth healthy over your entire lifetime, and all too often, braces are the main solution. Here are some of the most common signs that you should definitely consider orthodontic treatment:
- Pain in your jaw
- Grinding your teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Breathing only through your mouth
- Troubles speaking or chewing
- Gaps between your teeth
- Frequent, unintentional cheek biting
- Trouble opening or closing your mouth
- Uneven or disproportionate facial features
How much will treatment cost?
Beyond adults worried about having braces, this is the most common concern we encounter in candidates trying to figure out if braces are for them. We understand! As a result, we are always happy to share our numbers and accept multiple payment methods to make things easy for you. We also accept most dental insurances and have payment plans that can be adjusted to suit your needs.
Contact Rogers & Andrews Orthodontics Today
Investing in your health or your child’s health is worth it, especially when it comes to your dental health. However, we understand how big a step getting braces can be, and that is why we work passionately to make you feel comfortable. We will always answer questions and maintain transparency that empowers you to make the best decisions. At the end of the day, we consider ourselves your allies in orthodontic health and want to do everything we can to secure your dental future. Contact us in Augusta to start a conversation.