Common Orthodontics Questions in Wakefield & Westerly, RI

Clarifying Orthodontics Confusion

At DeQuattro Orthodontics, we understand there’s confusion when it comes to orthodontics and how it works. Orthodontics specialists, like Dr. DeQuattro, are dental professionals with the skills and experience to treat orthodontic problems. We specialize in ensuring your teeth and jaw are in their proper position for pristine health. 

Common Questions About Orthodontics

What is orthodontics?
Can orthodontic treatment help if I have missing teeth?
Am I too old for orthodontics?
Will orthodontic treatment fit my lifestyle?
How much will my orthodontic treatment cost?
What about check-ups? How many times should I visit your dental office?
What’s the difference between a dentist and an orthodontist?
Is there an orthodontic appliance that’s less noticeable?
Does gum disease impact orthodontic treatment?
Will I experience discomfort when I start my orthodontic treatment?

What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a dental specialty that addresses, diagnoses, prevents, and treats abnormalities with the teeth and jaw. Undergoing orthodontic treatment can help you bite, chew, and speak even more effectively. It also makes your teeth easier to clean, keeping your smile free of decay and gum disease.

Can orthodontic treatment help if I have missing teeth?

Yes, orthodontic treatment can properly align your teeth and create the proper space for future dental procedures like dental veneers, dental crowns, dental implants, dental bridges, and other restorations.

Am I too old for orthodontics?

We want you to know, that no one is ever too old to benefit from orthodontic treatment! The key factor in determining a good candidate for the multiple options in treatment is the health of a patient’s teeth and gums.

Will orthodontic treatment fit my lifestyle?

Certainly! When you undergo orthodontic treatment, you’ll be able to continue with your lifestyle. You can still speak clearly, sing, play an instrument, dine out… just about anything. Whistling may be tough! Some temporary adjustments may be necessary, but most patients adapt quickly.

How much will my orthodontic treatment cost?

Dr. DeQuattro customizes both treatment plans and the fees associated with those plans. After your initial consultation, you and Dr. DeQuattro can decide what type of treatment, appliances, and results are ideal for you. Flexible payment plans, which may include dental insurance plans, FSAs, and HSAs can be used to construct an affordable plan.

What about check-ups? How many times should I visit your dental office?

Your check-ups will depend on the treatment recommendation, but the frequency of your visits will range anywhere from every six to 16 weeks during active treatment. Your orthodontist will provide you with the estimated timeline and how often you should come to our Rhode Island dental office.

What’s the difference between a dentist and an orthodontist?

A dentist specializes in teeth, gums, nerves, and jaws. An orthodontist is also a dentist but their specialty is correcting bites, occlusions (how your teeth come into contact with them), and ensuring your smile is straight. Both are dedicated to providing the dental care you need to ensure your oral health is in pristine condition and prevent oral complications from arising.

Is there an orthodontic appliance that’s less noticeable?

Many of today’s orthodontic treatments are designed to minimize the appearance of the appliance and better fit an adult lifestyle. Whether it’s clear braces or clear aligners like Invisalign®, you have discreet choices to help achieve your desired result.

Does gum disease impact orthodontic treatment?

It’s imperative to have a periodontal (gum) checkup with your periodontist or your general dentist to ensure you’re a good candidate for treatment. Dr. DeQuattro can detect when gum disease is present or may become an issue that needs to be addressed.

Will I experience discomfort when I start my orthodontic treatment?

Thanks to new techniques and appliances, today’s orthodontic treatments are more comfortable than ever. Discomfort, if any, is short-lived, and can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication or with the use of an orthodontic accelerator. The accelerator is used to shorten the time on straightening your teeth and reducing pain.

If you continue to experience any pain or discomfort for more than a few days, call our Wakefield office at (401) 783-9890 or our Westerly office at (401) 596-2264 to schedule an appointment. Your orthodontist will assess your situation and determine the best course of action.

Schedule Your Visit at DeQuattro Orthodontics

We hope your questions have been answered and if you have any more questions about orthodontics, call our Wakefield office at (401) 783-9890 or our Westerly office at (401) 596-2264 to schedule an appointment. You can also request your appointment by filling out our online contact form.

Our Wakefield dental practice is conveniently located near South Kingstown and Narragansett Pier, and our Westerly office is located near Charlestown Weekapaug, RI, and Stonington, CT. We can’t wait to see you and help you get on the right track for long-lasting optimal oral health.

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