All About Orthodontics
What is orthodontics?
Orthodontics, also referred to as dentofacial orthopedics, is the specialty field of dentistry focused on the treatment of dental and facial anomalies.
What is the difference between a dentist and an orthodontist?
Orthodontic specialists have extensive and specialized training that enables them to provide their patients with professional, personalized treatments. They have completed at least two to three additional years of training in orthodontics.
Why should I visit an Orthodontist?
A certified specialist in orthodontics has undergone the extra training necessary to prevent, diagnose and treat irregularities in the alignment of the teeth and jaws. Orthodontists are experienced in using braces, Invisalign and other appliances to straighten the teeth and give you a healthy, stable bite. Great orthodontic treatment sets the stage for a lifetime of good oral health and relying on a specialist will help you achieve stunning, lasting results.
Why would someone need orthodontic treatment?
A malocclusion or “bad bite” makes patients more susceptible to tooth decay, difficulty chewing, bone loss and potential speech impairment. Orthodontics help correct these problems.
What causes orthodontic problems?
The majority of orthodontic problems are inherited. Some common orthodontic problems include:
- Extra or missing teeth
- Irregularities of the face
Accidents or trauma to the face or jaw are other factors that contribute to orthodontic problems, such as:
- Thumb or pacifier sucking
- Dental disease
- Premature loss of primary or permanent teeth
What’s the best age to visit the orthodontist?
The Canadian and American Associations of Orthodontists recommend an orthodontic screening at age 7. By this age, several permanent teeth in most children have erupted, allowing us to effectively evaluate your orthodontic condition. However, patients of any age can benefit from orthodontic treatment, including adults! One in every five orthodontic patients is over 21. You’re never too old to improve your smile!
When should my child first visit an Orthodontist?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends children visit an orthodontist at the age of seven. This allows Dr. D’Aloisio to monitor the development of their teeth and jaws and tell you when it’s time to start treatment. If he notices any red flags, early intervention can make treatment much simpler and easier down the road and prevent the need for surgery or extractions.
How long will I have to wear my braces?
Treatment time obviously depends on each patient’s specific orthodontic problem. In general, treatment times range from 14 to 30 months. The “average” time frame a person is in braces is approximately 21 months.
If I have braces, do I still need dental checkups every six months?
Yes! Regular check-ups with your family dentist are important while in braces. Your family dentist will determine the intervals between cleaning appointments while you are in braces.
Why should I have my teeth straightened?
A beautiful smile will give you a major boost in confidence. However, the benefits go beyond your appearance and self-esteem.
- Straightening your teeth is important for:
- Creating easier access to brush and floss for improved oral hygiene
- Eliminating uneven wear and erosion of the enamel
- Stopping the grinding of teeth
- Improving the function and health of the teeth for better chewing and speaking
- Reducing the breakdown of the jaw bones to prevent tooth loss and pain
- Distributing the bite forces evenly to reduce TMJ pain, headaches and migraines
- Improving breathing and minimizing sleep apnea when combined with a surgical plan
- Creating symmetry in the facial structure
- Making room for implants in cases of missing teeth
Do I need a referral to see Dr D’Aloisio?
No. While we always accept and appreciate referrals, you don’t need one to see us. Simply book your free consultation online or by giving us a call.
What is malocclusion?
Malocclusion is the fancy term for an improper bite due to dental or skeletal issues. Crossbites, overbites, underbites, crowding and spacing are all types of malocclusion. Dr. D’Aloisio is an expert at diagnosing your condition and devising the best treatment plan for your needs.
What happens if I put off a treatment?
While you’re never too old to perfect your smile, undergoing orthodontic treatment as a child or teen will help you achieve more dramatic results in less time. In some cases, putting off treatment could lead to the need for surgery or extractions.
What happens at my first visit?
You’ll meet with Dr. D’Aloisio and his all-star team. Dr. D’Aloisio will examine your teeth, jaws and facial structure. Then, a team member will take digital pictures and x-rays. Dr. D’Aloisio will use this information to come up with a diagnosis. We’ll chat with you about your treatment options, the cost and your goals, as well as answer any questions you have. Let’s get started! Contact us at 705-671-6261 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your free exam.
What happens when I get my braces put on?
The painless procedure takes about 45 minutes to an hour. First, a member of the Sudbury Orthodontics team polishes your teeth and primes them for the adhesive. Then, Dr. D’Aloisio paints on a special glue and adheres brackets to your pearly whites. Lastly, a member of the team slides your archwire through. Since both our metal and clear braces are self-ligating braces, they don’t need ligatures (ties or elastics) to work. However, a lot of patients like to wear elastics anyway to add color. We’ll finish up by giving you all of the details on caring for your new braces and we’ll send you on your merry way.
Am I too old for braces?
Nope! You’re never too old for braces. We’ve been seeing more and more adults at Sudbury Orthodontics. Since grown-ups tend to be good candidates for esthetic options like clear braces and Invisalign, you won’t even have to go the metal braces route if you don’t want to. In fact, we offer all of our adult patients the opportunity to have clear braces placed on their top teeth at no extra cost. The confidence you gain from having a healthy smile can impact all areas of your life in a positive way.
Contact our office at 705-671-6261 or email@example.com to schedule your free exam.
How long do I need to wear braces?
The length of treatment varies depending on the severity of your case, the type of treatment you choose, your age and how well you follow Dr. D’Aloisio’s instructions. In most cases, patients are in braces for 12 to 24 months. We’ll be able to give you an estimate at your consultation.
Do braces hurt?
Braces don’t hurt but your teeth can be a little sensitive when you first get them put on and after adjustments. If you feel real pain, give us a call right away. The discomfort is usually very mild and can be managed by gargling with salt water or taking over-the-counter non-aspirin pain relievers.
Do I still need to visit my dentist while wearing braces?
Going to your dentist is actually even more important when you’re wearing braces since brushing and flossing can be slightly challenging with the brackets and wires in the way. Your dentist will ensure your mouth stays clean, healthy and cavity-free.
What happens when I get my braces taken off?
Using special tools, Dr. D’Aloisio gently loosens and removes the brackets and wires, which doesn’t hurt a bit. He scrapes off the adhesive and polishes your teeth so they’re ready to flaunt.
How much do braces cost?
We’ll discuss the cost of braces when you come in for your consultation. We’re very upfront and you won’t be surprised with any hidden fees throughout your treatment. We don’t think your finances should hold you back from having a smile you love. That’s why we offer low down and monthly payment options that work for a variety of budgets as well as in-office interest-free financing.
How often do I need to see Dr D’Aloisio when I have my braces?
It depends on your individual needs but you’ll come in about every four to eight weeks for an adjustment and so we can monitor your progress.
How often should I brush my teeth while wearing braces?
When you’re rocking braces, you’ll need to brush in the morning, at bedtime and after every meal. This roughly equates to about four times per day.
How do Invisalign Work?
With Invisalign, Dr. D’Aloisio customizes a series of clear, plastic trays that use gentle, steady force to shift your teeth into their ideal positions. He maps out your precise tooth movements on a 3D model of your mouth and the aligners are created based on this prescription. You wear a new set of aligners every week or so and as you move through your trays, your teeth straighten a little bit more.
Does Invisalign have any food restrictions?
Nope! You’ll remove your aligners before every meal so you can eat whatever your heart desires.
Does Invisalign hurt?
No. Invisalign doesn’t cause any real pain. You may feel some minor discomfort for a day or two after putting in a new set of aligners. This can easily be managed with an over-the-counter pain reliever and it just means your Invisalign is working.
Can I smoke while wearing Invisalign aligners?
No. We don’t recommend smoking in general and since nicotine will stain the aligners, they’ll no longer be clear. That pretty much defeats the purpose of invisible treatment. It’s the perfect opportunity to quit smoking!
How often do I need to visit Dr D”Aloisio while I am being treated with Invisalign?
You’ll swing by to see Dr. D’Aloisio about every eight weeks or so. Invisalign doesn’t require any adjustments so it’s just a chance for us to make sure your treatment is on track.
How long does Invisalign treatment last?
The length of your treatment will depend on how severe your bite issues are and how well you follow the instructions for wearing your aligners. It could be as quick as six months or about the same as braces. After Dr. D’Aloisio has a chance to examine you and take a look at the 3D model of your mouth, he’ll be able to tell you exactly how long you’ll need to wear Invisalign to achieve the results you desire.
How much does Invisalign cost?
At your consultation, we’ll chat with you about the cost after Dr. D’Aloisio has a chance to check out your bite. We believe in complete transparency, so you’ll have the full picture before we start treatment and you’ll never be surprised with hidden fees. We accept most insurances and we can help you determine the amount of coverage available to you. We also offer low down and monthly payment plans as well as in-house interest-free financing. We’ll work with you to ensure treatment fits your budget.
How often do I need to wear my aligners?
We recommend wearing your aligners for at least 22 hours per day. You’ll take them out to brush and floss your teeth and to eat.
Will wearing Invisalign aligners interfere with my speech?
In most cases, Invisalign doesn’t affect your speech at all. Yet, as with any treatment, it may take a few days to get used to having something in your mouth. Some patients report a slight lisp until they acclimate to their aligners. If this happens, don’t worry, your speech will quickly go back to normal.
Can I chew gum with my Invisalign aligners in ?
There are zero food restrictions with Invisalign so you can chew gum. However, you’ll want to take your aligners out of your mouth first. But remember, you need to wear them for 22 hours per day!
How do I keep my aligners clean?
Simply brush your aligners with a toothbrush and some toothpaste and rinse them with lukewarm water.
Do I need to wear retainer after my Invisalign treatment is finished?
Yes. Regardless of whether you have braces or Invisalign, the only way to ensure your results last is to wear a retainer. The teeth have a habit of wanting to go back to their old places as soon as you finish treatment. A retainer prevents this. Eventually, you’ll only have to wear it at night though.
How do I know if I am a good candidate for Invisalign?
The only way to determine if Invisalign is right for your smile needs is to come in for a free consultation with Dr. D’Aloisio so he can assess your bite. Instead of wondering, book your appointment today by giving us a call at 705-671-6261 or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org