Orthodontists are dental specialists who diagnose and treat problems with the position, alignment or spacing of the teeth and related irregularities in the face and the jaw (overbite, underbite, openbite). We use a number of special treatments, including teeth braces and other oral appliances, to correct these problems.
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There are two good reasons: aesthetics and function. Having an attractive smile not only changes the way people see you — it enhances your own self-image. Orthodontic treatment also allows your teeth to function better and makes it easier to keep them clean, which can improve your overall health.
You’re never too old to begin orthodontic treatment. We even treat senior citizens, but if you start at an earlier age, your problems may be easier to treat. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that a child who may need children orthodontics should come in for a first visit around age 7.
Teeth that protrude, crowd together or erupt out of position are clear indications that treatment is needed. Less obvious signs are mouth-breathing, frequent biting of the cheek or palate, speech difficulties and thumb-sucking after 3 to 4 years of age. If teeth don’t meet properly when the mouth closes or if jaws make sounds or shift as they move, it may also indicate an orthodontic problem.
Having braces applied is generally painless. Some people experience minor aches and pains in the first couple of days or so as they adjust to wearing their new appliances. Periodic adjustments may sometimes cause soreness, as well, though it typically lasts only a short time. Over-the-counter pain relievers can be used to alleviate any discomfort but are usually unnecessary.
It’s different for each person, but generally the active stage of treatment (that is, wearing braces or other appliances) may take anywhere from six to 30 months. After that, a teeth retainer will be worn for at least several months more.
It depends on what’s being done and how often you need to be monitored. During active treatment, you’ll typically come in once every four to ten weeks.
If your teeth are severely crowded (because your mouth is too small to properly accommodate all of them) — or if you have impacted teeth (teeth that are trapped beneath the gum line by other teeth) — then extraction may be necessary. In the case of younger patients, early treatment may make extraction unnecessary.
Yes. You should pass up the types of foods that could damage or become trapped in your braces. Some of these include raw vegetables, hard candy, caramel, taffy and ice cubes (fortunately, ice cream is OK). We will give you a list of foods to avoid. The one exception is Invisalign, which allows you to remove your aligners for meals without dietary restrictions.
In a word: Yes. Of course, whether you wear braces or not, we recommend you wear a mouth guard when playing most sports. Musicians can generally play their instruments just as they did before, but they may need a short adjustment period after getting braces.
Yes. In fact, it’s more important than ever! Keeping your teeth free of plaque (and decay) can be challenging when you’re wearing braces. Your Fairbanks and North Pole dentist can help you avoid these problems with frequent cleanings and exams.
Almost always, the answer is Yes. If you don’t wear a teeth retainer, your teeth can rapidly shift out of position — and then all the effort put into your treatment is lost! Your retainer helps you maintain that good-looking smile for a lifetime.
Orthodontic care is a long-term investment in your health and well-being. Yet its cost hasn’t increased as fast as most other consumer prices, and many financing options are available that make orthodontic care affordable. Weighed against the true cost of living with problem teeth (a lifetime of root canals, dentures, dental implants, upper jaw surgery, lower jaw surgery, etc.), orthodontic treatment can be a wise lifetime investment and a bargain, indeed.
Discover your child’s best smile — and yours — with orthodontic braces at orthodontics North Pole Alaska Braces. Call 907-457-7878 or use our convenient Request an Appointment form. Patients visit us from Fairbanks, College, Fox, Ester, Chena, North Pole and nearby communities.
My son went in for a consultation and I was pleasantly surprised with how helpful and kind everyone was. He was nervous, but the woman we saw made him smile and loosen up. We decided to go with Dr. Hobson after seeing how understanding and caring his staff was and considering the fact he does interest free payments, I can now afford braces for my son!.
Dr. Henry placed a TAD for me to help fix my overbite and had originally planned to place more but moved right in the middle of my treatment. So my treatment plan changed when Dr. Hobson came in and he decided the TADS would not work well enough for my condition and teeth removal was needed. Since I had already been given a quote from Dr. Henry, Dr. Hobson completely covered the difference in cost to have my teeth pulled! He went above and beyond in making a unfortunate change, easy!.
Smiles are the greatest asset of your personality. Showing off your new smile is a great way to improve your self-esteem.