What is an Orthodontist?
An orthodontist is a specialist in the movement of teeth and the correction of jaw problems. In addition to college and dental school, an orthodontist completes three years of intensive specialty training at a graduate school approved by the ADA.
What is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is much more than just a teenage rite of passage, although approximately seventy percent of the United States population could benefit from orthodontic care. The goals and benefits of orthodontic treatment are the achievement of function, harmony and balance between the teeth, jaws and face for a lifetime of attractive, healthy smiles. Orthodontics can also relieve the unnecessary strain and discomfort that occur when teeth do not meet properly.
How much time does it take for correction of maloccluded teeth?
It varies according to severity of initial malocclusion, and also varies for each patient depending on the nature and cooperation of the patient and the type of treatment appliances. The better the patient is about wearing and taking care of his or her appliances, the sooner their teeth will improve.
Is there any discomfort in wearing braces?
Some patients feel discomfort for the first few days that can be relieved by medication prescribed by your doctor. The discomfort may include minimal localized pain, difficulty in speech, eating or sometimes ulceration, but with time and proper treatment it can pass quickly.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children, regardless of their orthodontic progression, receive an orthodontic evaluation by age seven. Early examination allows orthodontists to determine the best time for orthodontic treatment, and if necessary, to begin.
Early interceptive orthodontic therapy can minimize the need for more complex treatment in the future.
By the time children reach adolescence, their permanent teeth are either in, or are erupting. Teenagers jaw bones are almost finished growing, making this an ideal time to correct their teeth.
People whose teeth are crooked or misaligned are often self conscious about their appearance. By starting early, you can give your child a healthy smile with a lifetime of benefits. Seeing our patients grow and mature into confident young adults is one of our greatest rewards.
No matter what your age, appearance is an important aspect of your life. You are never too old for orthodontic treatment. In fact, thirty percent of our patients are adults.
Many adults seek orthodontic treatment not just for the sake of their smiles, but to improve the function of their bite.
Adult orthodontics are more convenient and comfortable than ever. Technological advancements have made adulthood a great time to achieve the smile you have always wanted.
Questions and concerns
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to discuss them with Dr. Oberheim or any staff member.
Emergencies are rare, but Dr. Oberheim is available twenty four hours for your convenience and peace of mind.