To provide you with more information on orthodontics in Evansville, Indiana, Dr. Bradley Bath and our team have provided this page of frequently asked orthodontic questions. If you have further questions, and to schedule a consultation with our experienced dentist, please contact our office at 812-476-6064.
What is orthodontics?
Orthodontics is dental specialty that deals with the alignment and aesthetics of your teeth and jaws. It may involve treatments as simple as correcting misaligned teeth or as complex as jaw surgery.
What is an orthodontist?
An orthodontist is a dental specialist. Orthodontists are fully qualified dentists who receive 3 additional years of study and experience in treating facial and dental irregularities. Orthodontists most frequently treat patients for malocclusion (bad bites, including underbites and overbites), overcrowding, and aesthetic issues that affect the entire face.
Who can benefit from orthodontics?
Everyone can benefit from orthodontics! While orthodontic care is easiest to provide to children, as they are still growing and developing, treatments can benefit patients of all ages. As long as your teeth and gums are healthy, orthodontic treatment is an option for you.
When should my child visit the orthodontist for the first time?
The American Dental Association recommends that your child receive an orthodontic assessment at about age 7. At this time, your orthodontist will determine if and when treatments should begin.
Why straighten teeth?
Straighter teeth not only look better, but are healthier and easier to care for. Straight teeth are more effective in chewing, biting, and speaking, and are much easier to clean, greatly reducing your risk of tooth decay and periodontal disease.
What is malocclusion?
Malocclusion, or bad bites, are the result of an incorrect relationship between the upper and lower arches of teeth or of a general misalignment of teeth. Poor alignment may be caused by genetic factors, poor oral habits, or a combination of these and other factors during the early years of development.
Do braces hurt?
No. Braces do not hurt at all when they are applied to your teeth. You may experience some discomfort during the first few days following placement, and following adjustments, but this should pass quickly. You can deal with the discomfort by using orthodontic relief wax or mild, over-the-counter pain relievers. Another effective remedy is chewing sugar-free gum, which increases the blood flow, reducing discomfort and encouraging your teeth to align more quickly. If you continue to experience pain beyond a few days, please contact our office so that we can fix the problem as quickly as possible.
What do I do if my appliance breaks or comes loose?
Call our practice immediately, and come in as soon as possible so that we can repair and readjust your appliance. Loose or broken appliances can be uncomfortable, and can add time to your treatment. If possible, save the broken parts of your orthodontic device and bring them with you to your appointment.
Are there foods I should avoid while wearing braces?
Yes. While wearing braces you should avoid foods that could damage or become stuck in your appliance. This includes chewy, sticky, crunchy, and hard foods. For more information, please speak with your orthodontist.
Do I still need to visit my dentist while receiving orthodontic treatment?
Yes! In fact, because you are wearing braces, visiting the dentist for your regular cleanings and exams is even more important. Regular visits to the dentist help to make sure that you avoid cavities and other dental problems.
How often should I brush and floss while wearing braces?
You should brush at least 3 times a day, or after every meal, and floss at least once a day. Your orthodontist can provide instructions on the most effective ways to brush and floss your teeth while wearing braces or another orthodontic appliance.