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Jacqueline Brown Bryant, DDS, MS, PC
Orthodontics: Questions and Answers
Jacqueline Brown-Bryant, DDS Orthodontics
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Orthodontics: Questions and Answers

Orthodontics: Questions and Answers

Orthodontists, the experts in orthodontic treatment, undergo extensive specialized education and training beyond dental school. This additional 2-3 years of training equips them with the knowledge and skills necessary to diagnose, straighten teeth, and align jaws accurately. It’s important to note that only those with this advanced education can rightfully call themselves orthodontists.

Wondering when the ideal time is for an orthodontic consultation? According to the American Association of Orthodontists, it is recommended to schedule a consultation with an orthodontist by the age of seven. At this stage, orthodontists can detect subtle issues with jaw growth and emerging permanent teeth, even while some baby teeth are still present. Early treatment can effectively prevent more serious problems from developing and potentially shorten and simplify future treatment. Delaying until all permanent teeth have erupted may prove to be too late.

During a consultation, an orthodontist can achieve remarkable results that may not be attainable once facial and jaw growth is complete. They may also recommend monitoring the child’s growth and development and commencing treatment at the appropriate time using suitable appliances.

The exciting news is that there are numerous options available today that weren’t accessible in the past. Gone are the days of traditional braces with headgears or elastics. Extractions and expanders are used sparingly. Damon® self-ligating braces offer shorter treatment times, enhanced comfort, smaller size, and reduced monthly visits. Advanced technologies such as patient-specific brackets, computer-assisted precision bracket placement, and custom wires eliminate the need for time-consuming adjustments.

Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADS) or mini implant screws provide effective results without resorting to jaw surgery. Clear aligners, a popular alternative, are not braces in the conventional sense. They consist of a series of removable aligners that gently guide teeth into their desired positions.

For those seeking aesthetic options, lingual braces can be placed behind the teeth, while clear or invisible braces offer a great choice for adults who prefer a discreet appearance. Minor gum laser procedures can reshape the smile line, remove excess gum tissue, and uncover slow-emerging teeth, thereby expediting the achievement of a beautiful smile. Imagine going through high school without braces.

Today’s braces can provide individuals aged six and above with a healthy, beautiful, and stable smile. As orthodontists, our expertise lies in helping adults, teenagers, and children attain properly aligned teeth, well-balanced jaws, and overall good dental health. It’s never too early or too late to pursue straight teeth and reap the benefits they bring.

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