What is orthodontics?
Orthodontists are concerned with the study and treatment of improper bites, termed malocclusion, which may be a result of crooked teeth and/or disproportionate jaw relationships. Crooked teeth can result from genetic predisposition, poor oral habits, or just plain bad luck.
Who is an orthodontist?
An orthodontist is a dental specialist who has received two to three years of additional training and experience, beyond the training of a general dentist, through an accredited post-graduate program. Your orthodontist focuses specifically on straightening teeth, correcting misaligned jaw structure, and improving the look and function of your smile.
What's the best age to visit the orthodontist?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children first visit an orthodontist around the age of seven or earlier if a problem is detected by parents, the family dentist, or physician. However, orthodontic treatment is not exclusive to children and teens. Whether you're considering treatment for yourself or for a child, any time is a good time to visit an orthodontist. At your initial consultation visit, Dr. Johe will inform you of any treatment necessary and how long this treatment will take.
What are braces?
Braces are used by your orthodontist to help you improve the look and feel of your smile. The amount of time spent in braces will vary depending on the individual patient, because every smile responds differently to treatment. Treatment times can take anywhere between six and 30 months, with the average treatment being 24 months.
Will I need to wear a retainer?
Retention, or the tendency for teeth to stay straight following cessation of orthodontic treatment, is greatly affected by how litigiously retainers are worn after you or your child completes active orthodontic treatment. Dr. Johe recommends long term wear of retainers typically extending years after treatment is complete. Should retainers be lost or broken, new retainers will need to be fabricated at an additional cost.
Did you know?
Modern orthodontics has improved greatly to reduce the amount of time children and adults need to have orthodontic appliances in their mouth. Modern arch wires are made of space-age materials that more efficiently, gently, and less painfully move teeth to their ideal positions. Visit us today for a consultation and Dr. Johe will provide you with an efficient plan to straighten your or your child's teeth!