Orthodontic Treatment in Wakefield and Westerly, RI

Common Orthodontic Treatment Questions Answered

Orthodontic Treatment related FAQ’s to help understand the process.

Why is Treatment Important?
Why See an Orthodontic Specialist?
What Causes Orthodontic Problems?
What is My Role?
When Should Children Get Their First Check-Up?

Why is Treatment Important?

Orthodontic treatment helps ensure proper function and creates healthy, beautiful smiles. Teeth that are misaligned are harder to clean and maintain and can cause abnormal wearing of tooth enamel that can lead to extensive and expensive dental procedures.

Why See an Orthodontic Specialist?

They are the dental professionals with the skills and experience to best treat orthodontic problems. Aligning teeth to function properly and look great, too, is what an orthodontic specialist does best.

What Causes Orthodontic Problems?

Most problems are inherited – such as crowding, spacing, protrusion, extra or missing teeth and some jaw growth problems. Others can be a result of thumb and finger sucking, dental disease, accidents, the early or late loss of baby teeth or other causes.

What is My Role?

You are a partner in the process. Keep appointments, maintain oral hygiene, follow care instructions and continue to see your primary dentist.

When Should Children Get Their First Check-Up?

The best time for treatment is when an orthodontic problem arises, but as a general rule, age 7 is an ideal time to get an evaluation. There is usually an optimal time in your child’s life to achieve the best results, so you won’t regret getting an early consultation from an orthodontic specialist.

A Custom Smile Created Just For You

Orthodontists receive an additional 2 to 3 years of specialized education beyond dental school to learn the proper way to align teeth and correct bites. Only those who successfully complete this formal education may call themselves orthodontists, and only orthodontists can be members of the American Association of Orthodontists.

Learn more: aaoinfo.org.

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