1. Why is orthodontics important and what are some of the possible benefits?
An attractive smile and improved self-image are just a few of the benefits of orthodontic treatment. Alleviating and preventing dental health problems is just as important. Untreated orthodontic problems can promote tooth decay, gum disease, loss of bone around the teeth, chewing and digestive problems, speech impairment, excessive tooth wear, tooth fracture, and even tooth loss.
Dr. Beckwith has been known to say, “No one dies from crooked teeth”. Yet, there are many benefits of good and proper orthodontic treatment.
- A more attractive smile
- Reduced appearance consciousness during critical development years
- Increase in self-confidence
- Better function of the teeth
- Better ability to clean the teeth
- Less likely to have teeth fracture due to more even force distribution on the teeth
- Less tooth wear and more even wear patterns of the teeth (we cannot grow more enamel…once tooth structure has been worn away, it is gone)
- Improved long term health of the teeth and gums (this matters more since we are living longer)
- Guide erupting permanent teeth into more favorable positions
- Aid in optimizing other dental treatment such as crowns or dental implants
2. At what age should I schedule an appointment for an orthodontic screening and why may it be important to have orthodontic treatment at a young age?
Many orthodontic problems are easier to correct at an early age when much jaw growth is left or at least before jaw growth has slowed. Early treatment may allow a patient to avoid jaw surgery and more serious complications. Too, the vast majority of our two-phase treatment patients can be treated without permanent tooth extractions.
3. Will my child's teeth straighten as he/she grows?
4. How do I schedule an appointment for an initial exam?
5. What will happen and what will I learn at the initial examination appointment?
- Is there an orthodontic problem, and if so, what is it?
- What must be done to correct the problem?
- Will any teeth need to be removed?
- How long will the orthodontic treatment take to complete?
- How much will the treatment cost?
To learn about your first visit to our office, please see our First Visit page.
6. What type of infection control procedures do you follow?
7. Will I need to have teeth extracted for braces?
In order to improve the eruption path of the permanent teeth to follow, Dr. Beckwith will sometimes recommend extraction of primary (kid) teeth.
8. How long will it take to complete treatment?
9. How much will braces cost? Are financing options available? How does my insurance work?
10. How often will I have appointments?
11. Can I schedule all of my appointments after school?
12. Can I drop my child off for an appointment?
13. Do braces hurt?
14. Can my child return to school the day they receive their braces?
15. Do you give shots?
16. Will braces interfere with playing musical instruments?
17. Can I still play sports?
18. Do I need to see my family dentist while in braces?
19. Are there foods I cannot eat while I have braces?
20. How often should I brush my teeth while in braces?
21. What is an emergency appointment? How are those handled?
If you experience a significant trauma to your face that involves the teeth or braces, please call our office immediately. Some examples might be a baseball to the mouth or an elbow or head to the face while playing a sport.
If your braces are causing pain that is not being adequately controlled by over-the-counter pain medication or if something breaks, you should call our office. In most cases, we can address these issues over the telephone or at an office visit during regular hours.
22. Can orthodontic correction occur while a child has baby teeth?
23. What is Phase One (early) Treatment?
24. Will my child need full braces if he/she has Phase One treatment?
25. Will my child need an expander?
26. Am I too old for orthodontic treatment?
27. Can I wear braces even though I have crowns and missing teeth?
28. What is the difference between a dentist and an orthodontist?
Orthodontic specialists are dentists who continued their formal education for 2-3 years beyond dental school to learn and do Orthodontics only. It is Dr. Beckwith’s opinion that there is no substitute for the extensive and specialized training of an accredited orthodontic residency. In addition, Orthodontists gain the experience of treating hundreds of orthodontic patients each month while a general dentist who does Orthodontics would typically see only a few orthodontic patients per month between fillings, hygiene checks, etc. Since the teeth and jaw structures are permanently changed by orthodontic treatment, it is important that the treatment be appropriate and properly completed. An orthodontist is an expert at moving teeth, helping jaws develop properly and working with patients to help make sure the teeth stay in their new position.