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Orthodontic FAQs

Dr. Hollenberg has been providing comprehensive orthodontic care for over 30 years. He is a specialist in Pediatric Dentistry and was trained to treat and understand growth and development problems in children. Orthodontic treatment plays a very important role in Pediatric Dentistry.

Over the years he has taken hundreds of hours of continuing education in all aspects of orthodontic treatment. Although he is not an orthodontist, he feels confident and well qualified to treat most children’s orthodontic problems. If there is a need to refer your child to an orthodontic-specialist for your child’s specific problem he will make some recommendations.

What is Orthodontics?
What are the benefits of Orthodontic Treatment?
How early can Orthodontic treatment begin?
What are signs of alignment issues?
How long do braces have to be warn?
Will teeth need to be removed?
Will my diet have to change while wearing braces?
Will braces affect my everyday life?
Are dentist appointments necessary during Orthodontic treatment?
Can I afford Orthodontic treatment?
Types of Braces


What is Orthodontics?

Orthodontics treats the alignment of the teeth, including spacing, jaw alignment and other tooth positioning problems. Your dentist will diagnose the problems with your child’s teeth and mouth alignment and offer a treatment plan. These treatments can include braces or other devices we may recommend depending on the diagnosis.

What are the benefits of Orthodontic Treatment?

Improving the alignment of your teeth can boost self-esteem. You’ll feel great and look great too! Orthodontic treatment can help you chew easier and speak more clearly. Teeth cleaning will also be a much easier task, as all the teeth will be straight and easier to floss. Improving your oral health can contribute to improving your overall health as well!

How early can Orthodontic treatment begin?

It is recommended to bring in your child at age seven for their first orthodontic exam. Starting them this early can make tooth alignment easier and treatment less extensive. However, if your child is older than seven, it is never too late to start treatment.

What are signs of alignment issues?

Several signs can indicate a need for orthodontic treatment. In some instances, misaligned or crowded teeth are a clear indication for the need for treatment. Sometimes there are more subtle signs such as difficulty speaking clearly, thumb sucking past age 3, breathing through the mouth and regularly biting the cheeks. If the jaws make noise or move out of place when the mouth closes, this may be another sign of need for treatment.

How long do braces have to be warn?

Every mouth is different, but the average time frame for wearing braces is anywhere from 6-30 months. While wearing braces, you will come into our office every 4-8 weeks for adjustments and to ensure that your teeth are moving in the right direction at the right pace. After the braces are removed, a retainer is worn to keep the teeth from shifting.

Will teeth need to be removed?

Tooth extractions may be necessary if the mouth is too small to accommodate all of your teeth and if your teeth are too crowded. Another reason for extractions is impacted teeth. The earlier the orthodontic treatment, the better! Extractions can usually be avoided if treatment is started at an early age.

Will my diet have to change while wearing braces?

Avoiding food that can get caught in your braces is important. We will give you a list of foods to watch out for.

Will braces affect my everyday life?

For the most part, braces will not change your day-to-day activities or hinder your normal routine. Sports can still be played, but a mouth guard is recommended. Musical instruments can still be played as well, although it may take a few weeks to feel comfortable playing with braces on.

Are dentist appointments necessary during Orthodontic treatment?

Yes! Dentist appointments are more important than ever. This is because braces have to be kept clean and free of bacteria and food. It is important to visit your dentist periodically to make sure your braces are not causing your teeth to have plaque build-up.

Can I afford Orthodontic treatment?

There are many payment options for orthodontic treatment. After the treatment plan, you will be given some payment options so you can decide which routine will work best for you!


Types of Braces

Traditional Metal Braces

metal braces

Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces and are more comfortable today than ever before. Made of high-grade stainless steel, metal braces straighten teeth by using metal brackets and archwires. With metal braces, there is the option of adding colored elastics (rubber bands) for a more unique and colorful smile.


Self-Ligating Braces

self-ligating braces

Self-ligating braces are made from the same materials as traditional braces; however, self-ligating braces do not require the use of elastics, meaning fewer appointments and less friction being placed on the tooth. Self-ligating braces come with traditional metal, ceramic, or clear brackets. They are the same size as metal braces, but they use a specialized clip in place of elastics to help the archwire guide teeth into place. The clip helps reduce the amount of pressure being placed on the tooth and requires fewer adjustments because there are no elastics to replace.


Clear Aligners

invisalign

Clear aligners are a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable acrylic trays that straighten the teeth like braces. Not only are the aligners invisible, they are also removable, allowing your child to eat and drink without concern while in treatment. Plus, this helps to make brushing and flossing less of a hassle. The aligners are comfortable and have no metal to cause mouth abrasions during treatment.

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