Frequently Asked Questions
Orthodontics is a specialized field of dentistry that focuses on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. Over the years, many people have had questions regarding orthodontics. In this page, we'll take a look at the 10 most commonly asked questions in orthodontics.
10 Most Frequently Asked Questions in Orthodontics
#1 - What is orthodontics, and how does it differ from dentistry?
Orthodontics is a specialized branch of dentistry that deals with the correction of dental and facial irregularities, such as malocclusions (bad bites), crooked teeth, and misaligned jaws. Orthodontics differs from general dentistry in that it focuses solely on these types of issues, whereas general dentistry focuses on the overall health of your teeth and gums.
#2 - When should I take my child to see an orthodontist?
It is recommended that children see an orthodontist by age seven, even if there are no visible signs of orthodontic problems. Early orthodontic treatment can help prevent more serious problems from developing later on and can often reduce the amount of time needed for braces or other orthodontic appliances.
#3 - What types of orthodontic treatment options are available?
There are many different types of orthodontic treatment options available today, including traditional metal braces, ceramic braces, lingual braces (braces that are attached to the back of your teeth), clear aligners (such as Invisalign), and more. Your orthodontist can help determine which type of treatment is best for your individual needs.
#4 - How long does orthodontic treatment take?
The length of orthodontic treatment varies depending on the individual case. On average, treatment with braces can take anywhere from 18 to 24 months, with clear aligner treatment typically taking slightly less time. However, the length of treatment may vary based on factors such as the severity of the orthodontic issue and how well the patient follows their Dr. Bloom's instructions.
#5 - Are there any foods I should avoid while wearing braces or other orthodontic appliances?
Yes, there are certain foods you should avoid while wearing braces or other orthodontic appliances. Foods that are sticky, chewy, or hard can damage or dislodge brackets, wires, or other orthodontic appliances. Examples of foods to avoid include chewy candies, caramel, hard candies, popcorn, and nuts.
#6 - What is the cost of orthodontic treatment?
The cost of orthodontic treatment varies depending on the type of treatment and the severity of the orthodontic issue. On average, orthodontic treatment with traditional metal braces can cost anywhere from $3,000 to $6,000 or more. Clear aligner treatment such as Invisalign can cost slightly more, depending on the complexity of the case. We accept most major insurances and we offer payment plans or financing options to make treatment more affordable.
#7 - Will I need to wear a retainer after my orthodontic treatment is complete?
Yes, after completing orthodontic treatment, patients will typically need to wear a retainer to help maintain their new smile. The retainer may be removable or fixed, depending on the individual case. Our team will provide you with detailed instructions on how and when to wear your retainer.
#8 - Is orthodontic treatment painful?
While orthodontic treatment may cause some discomfort or soreness initially, it should not be painful. Patients may experience some soreness or tenderness after an adjustment, but this typically goes away within a few days. Over-the-counter pain relievers can help alleviate any discomfort.
#9 - Can adults undergo orthodontic treatment?
Yes, adults can undergo orthodontic treatment. In fact, more and more adults are seeking orthodontic treatment to improve their oral health and appearance. Thanks to Invisalign and many other esthetic options, adults are able to begin orthodontic treatment without noticeable braces and without interrupting their busy work schedules.
#10 - Do I need a referral to see an orthodontist?
No, a referral from your general dentist is not necessary prior to scheduling a consultation with Dr. Bloom. However, it is important to tell Dr. Bloom if you have any pending dental treatment (such as a cleaning, filling, crown or root canal) before we begin actual orthodontic treatment. It is possible, and highly recommended, that you continue to schedule cleanings and regular dental checkups with your general dentist throughout the orthodontic process to ensure proper oral health, but all major dental work should be completed prior to commencing orthodontic treatment.
If you have any questions regarding orthodontic treatment, please contact us here and Dr. Bloom will respond as soon as possible. If you would like to discuss your questions and concerns with us in person, give us a call today at (720) 743-0700 and schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Bloom and our team at Bloom Orthodontics. We can’t wait to meet you!