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What age is appropriate to begin orthodontic treatment?

Montee and Montee can start treatment at any age, especially since many orthodontic issues are much easier to fix when discovered early in a child’s life. Early detection and orthodontic treatment can often help you avoid surgery and more serious issues later in development. If a problem is detected by your child’s dentist, The American Association of Orthodontists recommends you take your child to an orthodontist by age 7, or earlier if other complications or issues are apparent.

What is Phase I and Phase II of the orthodontic treatment?

Phase I, or early interceptive treatment, is limited orthodontic treatment (i.e., expander or partial braces) before all of the permanent teeth have erupted. Such treatment can occur between the ages of six and ten. This treatment is sometimes recommended to make more space for developing teeth, correction of crossbites, overbites, and underbites, or harmful oral habits. The Phase II treatment, also called comprehensive treatment, involves full braces when all of the permanent teeth have erupted, usually between the ages of eleven and thirteen.

Do adult patients benefit from orthodontics?

Orthodontic treatments can be successful for any age patient. We all want a beautiful and healthy smile whether we’re 15 or 50. 20% to 25% of orthodontic patients today are adults.

How does orthodontic treatment work?

Braces utilize steady, gentle pressure to gradually align your teeth into their proper positions. The brackets that are placed on your teeth and the archwire that connects them are the main components. When the archwire is placed into the brackets, it tries to return to its original shape. As it does so, it applies pressure to move your teeth to their new, more ideal positions.

How long will my orthodontic treatment last?

Treatment times vary, but on average, orthodontic treatments last about one to two years. The actual treatment time can be affected by your rate of growth and the severity of the correction necessary. Treatment time also depends on your compliance, including maintaining good oral hygiene and keeping regular appointments are important in keeping treatment time on schedule.

Will my braces hurt?

Placing the brackets and bands on your teeth does not hurt. Once we place your braces and connect the archwires, you may feel some soreness of your teeth for a few days. Your lips and cheeks may need one to two weeks to get used to the braces as well.

Will braces interfere with playing sports?

No. We recommend that you protect your smile by wearing a mouthguard when participating in any sporting activity. Mouthguards are cheap, comfortable, and come in a variety of colors and patterns.

Will my braces interfere with playing a musical instrument?

No, but there may be an initial period to adjust to your braces. In addition, we offer brace covers to prevent any discomfort.

Should I visit my normal dentist while I have braces?

You should continue to visit your general dentist twice a year for dental cleanings and dental checkups.