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How Does Orthodontic Treatment Work?

Orthodontics is a dental specialty which treats malocclusion, or incorrectly spaced or aligned teeth, which affects a person’s bite. When orthodontists straighten teeth, it results in a more attractive smile and improves oral function. A person can chew better, have clearer speech and practice better dental hygiene, reducing the risk or cavities and other infections.

Orthodontists usually see teens when they are 12 or 13, after they have their adult teeth, although, we see plenty of adults as well. Orthodontic treatments offer adults the same results as teens except treatment can take slightly longer. Adults are experiencing the benefits of advances in orthodontics, making straightening their teeth a breeze. If you feel you, or your child, could benefit from orthodontic treatment, you can speak to your family dentist or contact us directly. You do not need a referral. Phone our dental practice when you are curious about, “Where is there an orthodontist near me?” A member of our team will find a convenient time for you to come in for a consultation.

What Can I Expect from Braces in Gainesville?

You can expect help with common orthodontic issues, such as:

  • Gaps between teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Tooth protrusion
  • Malocclusion (underbites, overbites and crossbites)

Fixing these issues can help correct speech impediments, excess pressure on teeth and poor oral hygiene. Correcting aliment issues will make it easier to speak clearly, properly chew your food and brush and floss your teeth.

What Types of Braces Do Orthodontists Recommend?

Metal braces have smaller brackets today, and kids can choose colored bands, so they are still popular, especially with young teens. Ceramic appliances are less noticeable than metal ones as they have tooth-colored brackets. The brackets may break more easily though. Removable invisible aligners are another popular option, especially with adults. You can remove the aligner tray to eat and brush your teeth as long as you keep the aligner in 22 out of every 24 hours. You’ll receive a new tray every two weeks to gently move your teeth into the correct position. Your dentist will help you make the right choice.

What Should a Child’s Parents Know About Braces?

Children who are about to get braces worry about pain and how long they will have to wear them. Our dentist can explain they may feel sore after an adjustment but that’s all. Over-the-counter pain medication will relieve the discomfort. Keeping dental wax on hand to cover any irritating wire or bracket will also help your child. He or she will also explain the expected treatment length so your child will know what to expect. Children should also be aware they usually must wear a retainer after the appliance comes off to maintain the results.

Parents worry about whether their child will eat the wrong food and break their braces or fail to keep up with their dental hygiene. Parents can help their child avoid certain foods by not keep them in the house so your child isn’t tempted by them. Oral hygiene is a tricky issue; it’s essential that parents ensure their child knows how to clean around the brackets and use a floss threader. Kids also have to continue with their six-month exams with the family dentist.

How Do Adult Braces Work?

It is never too late to have straight teeth which fit together correctly. At least one in every five people having orthodontic treatment are adults. Children are still growing as young teens, so their treatment might not take as long, but otherwise, there is little difference. The average length of an adult’s treatment is between 18 and 36 months. We can provide nearly invisible clear aligner trays for adults who want a discrete option. If you’re an adult who wants a nicer, more attractive smile, please contact us to set up an initial consultation.

What Does Orthodontic Treatment Usually Cost?

You would have to come in for a consultation with our orthodontist in Gainesvilleto learn more about your anticipated braces cost. Different types of braces cost different amounts. We also take into account how long your orthodontist feels you will need to wear them when calculating your fee. Your discount dental plan or insurance may also affect your total cost. We do our best to keep our fees affordable so straight, even teeth are within reach for most individuals. Our financing options can help you spread out the cost as well.

Where Can I Find a Reliable Orthodontist in Gainesville?

Finding an orthodontist you like and trust is important since you will see him or her frequently over the course of your treatment. We offer high-quality orthodontics in a comfortable setting. Phone us to arrange a consultation if you’re interested in braces in Gainesville. We have the expertise needed to help you get the results you deserve.

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