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What Does an Orthodontist Do?
Your family dentist may recommend an orthodontist in East Brunswick if you or a family member needs crooked teeth fixed or if you have issues with your bite. Orthodontists are dentists with advanced training in orthodontia. They must successfully complete a two to three-year residency program before calling themselves orthodontists.
Orthodontists devote their practice to orthodontic care and treatment so if you want a highly skilled, experienced professional to perform your orthodontic treatment, contact our office to schedule an appointment. We’re accepting new patients with or without a referral.
How Do You Know If You Need Braces?
Our patients typically get braces in East Brunswick to correct a misaligned jaw or a misaligned bite, such as an overbite or underbite. Other reasons include correcting overcrowded teeth and spaces between teeth.
Getting orthodontic treatment to fix bite issues will allow you to chew food easily, which can aid in digestion. Correcting teeth alignment may correct speech issues. Straight teeth that don’t overlap are easier to brush and floss. Good oral hygiene will reduce your risk of decay and gum disease.
Besides the oral health benefits orthodontic treatment provides, it also has a cosmetic benefit. Many of our patients mention their crooked teeth embarrass them. Once they complete their treatment, they have an attractive smile they show off at every opportunity.
How Do I Choose Between the Types of Braces?
Most of our patients choose their dental appliance by appearance. Some people don’t want to highlight the fact they need orthodontic work. We have clear, invisible and ceramic options that are a far cry from traditional metal braces. If you call our office and book a consultation, our orthodontist can help you decide which types of braces will meet your needs and fit into your budget.
What Should a Parent Know About Children’s Dental Braces?
Orthodontic treatments should start when children are between the ages of 8 and 14 according to the American Dental Association. Every child’s situation is unique, so orthodontists use their training and experience to determine when treatment would offer the most benefit.
During consultations, we often see nervous children and nervous parents. We find explanations help ease fears quickly. If you schedule a consultation, you’ll learn what type of orthodontic work is needed, how we can accomplish the work, how long treatment will take and you’ll receive an estimate of what it will cost. You and your child can ask questions and we’ll answer each one until you’re satisfied. Orthodontic treatment is a major investment in time and money for families and we respect this.
Parents should realize their teens must wear a retainer every night to maintain the results of their orthodontic treatment after their appliance comes off. Most patients wear them all the time for several months and then only at night. If your child does not commit to this, you’ll have wasted a considerable amount of money. Since they will have spent up to two years wearing their braces, patients are more likely to avoid having their teeth return to their original, misaligned positions.
Are Adult Braces Worth the Cost?
With many dental insurance plans only covering orthodontics for children, many of our adult patients question whether they should bother straightening their teeth. We tell them that crooked teeth are more difficult to keep clean. This can contribute to decay and gum disease and make keeping the natural teeth for as long as possible challenging. Another good reason for adults to have orthodontic work is for their self-esteem. A straight smile does wonders for your appearance which boosts your self-confidence.
At least 25 percent of orthodontic patients are adults and the number is growing higher every year. Celebrities have made adult orthodontic treatments trendy. Faith hill, Tom Cruise and Danny Glover are only a few of the celebrities in Hollywood seen wearing dental appliances.
How Can I Tell What Braces Cost?
Few orthodontic offices publish rates of what different types of dental appliances cost as the length of your treatment also plays a major role in determining the total cost of your treatment. The more severe your issue is, the longer it will take to treat. If you have dental insurance with orthodontic coverage or a discount dental plan, this will also impact your treatment cost. If paying for orthodontics all at once sounds overwhelming, we offer financing options.