A LOT OF PEOPLE don’t know very much about how orthodontic treatment works, which means that we tend to hear a lot of the same questions from our patients. Let’s head some of those off with a quick Q-and-A session, but make sure you bring any questions we don’t cover here to your next appointment!
“Malocclusion” means “bad bite” in Latin, and it’s the umbrella term for the following problems:
Each type of malocclusion comes with a different set of dental health risks and other problems (including interfering with speech and chewing), and the only way to correct them is with orthodontic treatment.
Trumpets, flutes, and other instruments with a mouthpiece aren’t the easiest to play with braces, but it’s certainly still possible. Expect an adjustment period and a few extra hours of practice to get the hang of it, and don’t hesitate to talk to us if you’re still struggling. We might be able to find a solution that allows you to keep playing!
Every treatment plan is unique to the patient, which means your plan is already as efficient as it can be. Wearing extra rubber bands won’t shorten your treatment time; it will just cause new problems and make the overall treatment last even longer! The best way to get to Braces Off Day on time is to follow all of our instructions exactly.
As a culture, we tend to think of braces as being mainly for teenagers, and there are definitely advantages to getting orthodontic treatment as a teenager, but adults can get braces too. Don’t feel like you’ve missed your chance to get them properly aligned smile you deserve because you’re not a teenager anymore; schedule a consultation with our team at DentalCareXtra and we’ll see how we can help!
Like we said before, every patient’s orthodontic treatment is unique, so your treatment time will depend on the complexity of your case and how well you follow the orthodontist’s instructions. Simple cases may only take a few months to fix, while complex ones that involve a serious malocclusion or an impacted tooth can run closer to two years. It’s important to have realistic expectations and not compare your treatment time to someone else’s.
We don’t want any of our patients to worry over unanswered questions. Patient education is a great step towards patient confidence. If you have a burning orthodontic question that we didn’t answer here, contact our friendly team here at DentalCareXtra today or ask us at your next appointment!