During your Initial Complimentary Exam, a thorough discussion of treatment options will take place. On our website, we have tried to give a general outline of treatment options, and hopefully answer some frequent questions that come up.
What is a Customized Orthodontic Treatment Plan?
Each person is unique. Dr. Teja creates a Customized Treatment Plan after studying x-rays, molds of the teeth, and photographs. The Customized Treatment Plan is like a general map of what will be happening during treatment, so that our patients know what to expect.
Are you a candidate for orthodontic treatment?
You will have this question answered during your Initial Complimentary Appointment. Orthodontics is not merely for improving the aesthetics of the smile; orthodontic treatment also improves bad bites (malocclusions). Malocclusions occur as a result of tooth or jaw misalignment. Malocclusions affect the way you smile, chew, clean your teeth or feel about your smile, as well as the longevity of your dentition.
Why should malocclusions (misalignment of teeth) be treated?
According to studies by the American Association of Orthodontists, untreated malocclusions can result in a variety of problems:
- Crowded teeth are more difficult to properly brush and floss, which may contribute to tooth decay and/or gum disease.
- Protruding teeth are more susceptible to accidental chipping and traumatic injuries.
- Crossbites can result in facial asymmetry, uneven tooth wear and ultimately, jaw joint dysfunction.
- Openbites can result in tongue-thrusting habits, speech impediments and inability to incise food normally.
- Malocclusions can also result in fractured or worn teeth, necessitating complex and costly dental restorations.
Ultimately, orthodontics does more than create a pretty smile!
How long will treatment take?
Treatment time obviously depends on each patient's specific orthodontic problem. In general, treatment times range from 18 to 30 months, depending on the complexity of the problem. The "average" time frame a person is in braces is approximately 22 months. This can be influenced by jaw growth, and patient compliance and patient care of the braces.