Many people struggle with orthodontic issues. Malocclusion problems may affect the position of the teeth, the jaw, or both. Misalignment can have an obvious impact on the appearance of the smile, and can also interfere with oral health and functions.
At his dental practice, Dr. Brian Bell is proud to offer orthodontic treatment. Orthodontic treatment straightens the teeth and aligns the bite to enhance oral functions and aesthetics. Many of our Lake Jackson, TX, patients have questions about our orthodontic treatments. Here we answer orthodontics FAQs so that people have a better understanding of our orthodontic services, and what to expect throughout treatment.
When Should I Undergo Orthodontics Treatment?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children see an orthodontist for the first time around the age of seven. This allows the orthodontist to evaluate how the adult teeth are growing in and whether the bite seems to be in proper alignment. If issues are detected, orthodontic treatment may start while a patient is in their pre-teens or teens.
While many people undergo orthodontic treatment during childhood, it is important to note that orthodontics are for patients of all ages. Anyone who has crooked teeth or a misaligned jaw can benefit from orthodontics. It is not unusual for adults to seek orthodontic treatment - either for the first time, or to address malocclusion problems that have developed following earlier orthodontic treatment.
How Long Does Orthodontic Treatment Last?
Orthodontic treatment is tailored to each patient’s unique needs, so no two treatment timelines will be exactly alike. Minor misalignment problems may be corrected in as little as six months, while more severe issues will require lengthier treatment. On average, orthodontics treatment takes between 12 and 18 months.
Are Braces My Only Option?
Braces are one of the most common forms of orthodontic treatment. However, they are not the only option available to our Lake Jackson patients. Many are ideal candidates for Invisalign. Invisalign uses clear plastic aligners to achieve teeth-straightening results. Throughout Invisalign treatment, patients progress through a series of aligner trays, each of which fits slightly differently, so that the teeth and jaw receive the pressure needed to encourage appropriate movement.
Does Orthodontic Treatment Hurt?
Many of our Lake Jackson patients have concerns about pain during orthodontic treatment. Orthodontic treatment corrects the position of the teeth and jaw by applying subtle and consistent pressure. Although orthodontics should not be painful, patients may experience some mild discomfort, especially after treatment first begins, or any time that braces wires are tightened or the patient switches to a new aligner. Discomfort generally only lasts for a few days and can often be managed with over-the-counter pain medication.
How Often Will I See the Dentist During Orthodontic Treatment?
Whether patients are undergoing braces treatment or Invisalign, they will require periodic dental check-ups. These check-ups allow Dr. Bell to monitor how treatment is progressing. They are also necessary so that braces wires can be tightened, or so that patients can receive their next series of aligner trays. Typically, check-ups are scheduled every six weeks throughout orthodontics treatment. Patients should also continue to schedule biannual dental exams and cleanings.
At Bell Dental, patients can undergo orthodontic treatment to correct the position of the teeth and jaw, and achieve a straight, uniform smile. To learn more about the services we provide, and which orthodontic technique may be right for you, send us a message online or call (979) 297-1201 and request an appointment at your earliest convenience.