Common Questions
What are the differences between metal and ceramic braces?
Metal braces are durable and noticeable, while ceramic braces are less noticeable due to their tooth-colored material.
How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign uses clear aligners to gradually shift teeth into the desired position, and they can be easily removed for eating and oral hygiene.
What is 3D imaging used for in orthodontics?
3D imaging provides detailed images of teeth, jaw, and facial structures, aiding in accurate diagnosis and treatment planning.
What is orthognathic surgery?
Orthognathic surgery is corrective jaw surgery that addresses significant jaw irregularities and improves facial balance and bite function.
Are there age restrictions for orthodontic treatment?
Orthodontic treatment can be beneficial for individuals of any age, including adults seeking to improve their smiles.
How long does orthodontic treatment typically last?
The duration of treatment varies, but it can range from several months to a few years, depending on the case complexity and treatment method.
Will orthodontic treatment be painful?
Some initial discomfort or soreness may occur, but it is typically temporary and can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers.
Will I need to wear retainers after treatment?
Yes, wearing retainers is necessary to maintain the results achieved and prevent teeth from shifting back to their original positions.
Can orthodontic treatment be covered by insurance?
Many dental insurance plans provide coverage for orthodontic treatment, but it's important to check with your specific insurance provider for details.
Can I still play sports or musical instruments during treatment?
Yes, you can continue participating in sports and playing musical instruments, taking necessary precautions to protect your braces or aligners.
Can I eat normally with braces or aligners?
While there may be dietary restrictions with braces, aligners can be removed during meals, allowing you to eat a wide range of foods.