Your Questions Answered
Choosing a new Orthodontist is an important decision. Samuel Daniels DDS, MS, PLLC team has compiled some of the most common questions asked by previous patients and included answers to help you make your decision. If there’s something they haven’t touched on, please just ask.
What is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that deals with improper positioning of teeth. A person may have an over bite, under bite, overcrowding of teeth, crooked teeth or a jaw misalignment—which could cause eating or speech problems. In such cases, orthodontic treatments are recommended to slowly change the positioning of the teeth to be straighter and more aligned. Orthodontics can also be used for cosmetic purposes if the person wishes to have a more aesthetically pleasing smile.
When should my child receive their first orthodontic screening?
The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that all children get a check-up with an orthodontist at the first recognition of the existence of an orthodontic problem, but no later than age 7. Few patients will need to begin treatment that young, but there are some who will benefit from early intervention. For these patients, treatment is likely to consist of guiding the growth of the jaws so that the permanent teeth are in good positions as they come in. (AAO.org)
How long does treatment last?
The length of treatment will depend on the kind of problem an individual patient has. Simple cases may take only a few months to treat, while a complete bite correction can take a couple years. Your AAO orthodontist has the skills and tools to deliver a healthy, beautiful smile in the least amount of time. (AAO.org)