COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Should I wait until I lose all my baby teeth to see an orthodontist?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends a visit to see your orthodontist for a consultation before age 9, regardless of how many baby teeth you still have. It is a misconception to wait until all the baby teeth have fallen out. In many cases, the orthodontist will say that it is ok to wait, but in other cases the orthodontist will need to guide the growth direction of the jaws. In those cases, starting early means better results.
How long is the average treatment period?
Most commonly, the treatment will end within two years from the start date. Sometimes treatment can finish earlier if the patient follows the instructions well. In other cases, missing appointments and not wearing the accessories that the doctor gives you might extend your treatment length.
How often should I come to the office for an office visit?
A visit to the office every 4-6 weeks is ideal. If you travel often, discuss with the doctor and other treatment options can be discussed.
Do I wait until I am complete with my orthodontic treatment to visit my dentist?
Orthodontic appointments will be for two years at the most. During that time, regular dental visits and regular cleaning appointments should continue with your general dentist even if you have braces or aligners.
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