Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that specializes in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. Orthodontic treatments can improve a person’s self-esteem, confidence, and overall dental health. Below are some of the most commonly asked questions about orthodontic care.
What is the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist?
An orthodontist is a specialized dentist who has received additional training in the area of alignment of teeth and jaws. An orthodontist has additional knowledge in the area of diagnosis, prevention, and corrective treatments of dental and facial irregularities. In contrast, a dentist has similar basic knowledge of orthodontic treatments but does not possess the same level of specialization as an orthodontist.
What types of treatments are available for orthodontic problems?
The most commonly used treatments available for treating orthodontic problems are braces, clear aligners, and retainers. Braces are the most common and are used to correct irregularities in teeth and/or jaw misalignment. Clear aligners, such as Invisalign, are an alternative to braces and are used to straighten teeth without the use of wires and brackets. Retainers are used to maintain the newly aligned teeth and/or jaws after the treatment is complete.
Are there different types of braces?
Yes, there are three main types of braces: metal, ceramic, and clear aligners. Metal braces are the most common and are relatively inexpensive. Ceramic braces are more discreet, as they are made of clear material and blend in with the natural color of the teeth. Clear aligners are the most discreet of the three types, as they are virtually invisible to others. There is also more advanced orthodontic technology coming out every day.
How much does orthodontic treatment usually cost?
The cost of orthodontic treatment will vary depending on the type of treatment and the severity of the problem. In general, metal braces are the most affordable, while ceramic braces and Invisalign are more expensive. Most insurance plans will cover some of the cost, but it is best to contact the insurance provider to determine the exact amount covered.
Are there any risks associated with orthodontic treatments?
Like any medical procedure, there are some risks associated with orthodontic treatments. These risks include, but are not limited to, gum irritation, toothache, and root damage. Additionally, orthodontic treatments may cause irritating metal allergies for some individuals, so it is important to inform your orthodontist of any medical allergies before the treatment.
Orthodontic treatments can improve the alignment of teeth and jaws and improve the overall dental health of the patient. Before undergoing any orthodontic treatment, it is important to consult with your orthodontist to determine the type of treatment that best fits your needs. It is also important to be aware of any risks or allergies associated with the treatment. With the right treatment and proper care, however, individuals can look forward to a beautiful and healthy smile.