Frequently Asked Questions
The obvious potential reward for orthodontic treatment is straighter teeth that are less prone to decay and injury – but just as important is the boost to self-confidence that a better smile can provide. i-Orthodontics Denver Invisalign aligners, Incognito braces, Lingual braces and other options can help you achieve that confidence. Adults now account for 25% of orthodontic patients. Treatment can be successful at later ages because the biological process involved in tooth movement is the same in adults as it is in children. As you prepare to make decisions about orthodontic treatment, it’s very important to be armed with the facts.
Here’s a series of questions and answers in an effort to give you insight into the science:
Why is orthodontics important?
Orthodontics can boost a person’s self-image as the teeth, jaws and lips become properly aligned — but an attractive smile is just one of the benefits. Alleviating or preventing physical health problems is just as important. Without treatment, orthodontic problems may lead to tooth decay, gum disease, bone destruction and chewing and digestive difficulties. A “bad bite” can contribute to speech impairments, tooth loss, chipped teeth and other dental injuries.
When should my child first see an orthodontist?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child should get an orthodontic screening no later than age seven. Many orthodontic problems are easier to correct if detected early, rather than waiting until jaw growth has slowed. Early treatment may mean a patient will avoid surgery or other serious corrections later in life.
Can it be too late for a person to be fitted with braces?
No, its never too late because healthy teeth can be moved at any age. Orthodontists can improve the smile of practically anyone. In fact, orthodontists regularly treat patients in their 40′s, 50′s and older!
Who says braces are just for kids?
Certainly not the estimated 1 million adults in the United States who have chosen orthodontic treatment as the route to better oral health and emotional well-being. Adults are discovering that today’s high-tech materials are light-years away from the “metal mouth” look they may have been familiar with as teenagers. i-Orthodontics Invisalign (clear aligners) and clear or tooth colored bracket options are recent innovations that use sophisticated engineering to ensure less time is spent in braces.
Who needs orthodontics?
No one can deny the importance of a winning smile. It makes a pleasing appearance, promotes self-esteem and is valuable to social and career success. Creating beautiful smiles is what orthodontics is all about. And today, orthodontic treatment is so convenient and affordable that individuals from childhood through retirement can reap the important benefits. Orthodontic treatment is important not only for a great smile and improved self-confidence, but for better dental health. Braces fit easily into today’s active lifestyles. They’re comfortable, easy to keep clean and less visible than in the past. New techniques and materials can extend the period between appointments, saving time and expense.
What’s the right age for Orthodontic Treatment?
The right age can be any age. Early examination allows us to determine when your child should be treated for maximum improvement – in the least amount of time and at the lowest cost. Certain treatment techniques provide significant benefits for patients between 6 to 11 years old. Treatment during these growth stages can achieve results not possible once face and jawbones have finished growing. Full orthodontic treatment with braces generally starts after all the permanent teeth are in place, usually at ages 12 or 13.
What about costs?
Cost will vary, of course, depending on the nature of the treatment plan. You may be surprised to discover that orthodontics is less expensive than you thought. Dr Idiculla offers various finance plans to help meet individual treatment needs. 0% finance (subject to status) is available over a 24-month period. Of course, it is important to keep in mind the lifetime value that orthodontic treatment provides.
Orthodontic First Aid
Orthodontic emergencies are very rare, but when they do occur, we are available to you. As a general rule, you should call the office when you experience severe pain or when you have a painful appliance problem that you can’t take care of yourself. We will schedule an appointment to resolve the problem. There are temporary solutions to many problems that you can take care of yourself. Below is a list of things that sometimes occur, as well as some remedies and instructions in case they do happen.
During the first week after your braces are in place and routine adjustments are complete, you may feel some soreness and discomfort. We generally recommend that you take an analgesic such as acetaminophen (e.g. Tylenol) or ibuprofen (e.g. Advil, Motrin). This, of course, is the protocol only if there are no known allergies to these medications. If you have an open sore, you can rinse with warm salt water to soothe the area.
If food becomes stuck between your teeth, use your Waterpik, dental floss or a proxy brush to dislodge the food.
Sometimes a wire can cause irritation. To resolve the discomfort, push the wire away from the area using the eraser end of a pencil or a cotton swab. If the wire cannot be tucked away, cover the end of the wire with a small piece of wax or a cotton ball. If the wire is sticking you and wax does not help, the wire can be cut with a small wire cutter or nail clipper close to the back of the last brace. If you cannot resolve the wire irritation, please call our office for an appointment.
If a brace comes loose from a tooth, it usually remains connected to the main wire and is not cause for an emergency visit. Tweezers can be used to reposition the braces if it flips around the wire and becomes a source of irritation. Call our office at your earliest convenience, as it may be necessary to schedule a separate visit to repair the loose brace(s), since repairs of this nature usually take additional time.
If you have a Loose Expander / Appliance or Trauma to the Mouth, please contact us immediately.
If your Invisalign tray is irritating your gums or causing discomfort, simply use a new and clean nail file to smooth any rough edges. If you still find soreness, please contact our office.