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I Have an Overbite | What Will Braces do? (5 ANSWERS)

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Everyone will eventually have to visit the dentist at some point in their lives. It is a good idea to get any potential problems looked at and corrected as early as possible. Getting braces used to be a big ordeal, but in recent years there have been incredible advances in orthodontic procedures and equipment. This article will go over common problems that can be correct by braces, as well as traditional braces and alternative options.

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Do Braces Weaken Teeth?

Do Braces Weaken Teeth?

When you look in the mirror and notice that your teeth are overcrowded or crooked, you might wonder if having braces are worth it. The answer to that question is yes because straightening your teeth can improve your overall well-being in a variety of important ways. Here are the valuable benefits from having your teeth fixed with aligners, braces, headgear or retainers.

• Repairing your bite to make chewing food easier
• Straightening teeth so that you can talk properly
• Making it easier to brush and floss your teeth
• Preventing abnormal wear and tear on your teeth
• Improving your self-confidence
• Improving your facial appearance
• Preventing gingivitis
• Avoiding problems from a temporomandibular joint disorder
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What is an Orthodontist?

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Is an Orthodontist Different from a Dentist?

Orthodontics is a specialty field in dentistry. An orthodontist must complete an additional three years of education after becoming a dentist. They gain clinical experience because they are required to complete a residency program. The responsibilities of an orthodontist include the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. The exact services provided are dependent on the individual orthodontist.

A general dentist often refers patients to an orthodontist due to their advanced education, training, expertise, and skill regarding specific dental issues. Orthodontists are regulated by the American Association of Orthodontists to ensure the practitioner is well educated in both biomechanics and oral biology. To help prevent irregularities in the teeth and jaws, children should consult with an orthodontist when they are seven years old.

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Are Braces for Adults Worth the Trouble?

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Are Braces for Adults Worth the Trouble?

When most people think of orthodontic work, they picture a teenager with a full set of metal braces smiling in their school picture. This classic image is often what deters adults from going for orthodontic work themselves.

In many cases, your parents might not have had the funds to get braces for you or you might have had extensive orthodontic work done only to stop maintaining the results and now feel like you can benefit from going back for braces. You might be wondering, “Are braces still worth it as an adult?” and the simple answer is, yes.

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Do Orthodontic Braces Hurt?

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Do Orthodontic Braces Hurt?

More adults are choosing to get braces than ever before. This may be due to the cost, which has become more affordable for some people, or their health insurance will cover at least part of the cost. Also, orthodontic work has become more widespread and publicly acceptable, especially with the introduction of special products like Invisalign that make braces appear nearly invisible to the casual observer.

Orthodontic research has led to important advances that make this type of treatment safer and more comfortable than previously. Skilled orthodontists treat thousands of patients each year in ages ranging from adolescence to the senior years. One question comes up frequently when orthodontic treatment is discussed: Are braces painful?

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What Happens Immediately after Removal of Braces?

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What Happens Immediately after Removal of Braces?

You’ve made it through your course of orthodontic treatment with braces. Whether it’s been two years or more, it is such a liberating feeling when those metal brackets and wires finally are removed. You can truly enjoy your beautiful smile with teeth that are properly aligned now that there is nothing to block the view of your pearly whites. You might think that your journey is over, but there is more to come before you can say that your orthodontic work is complete. Your orthodontist will be your guide, pointing you in the right direction as you think about what to do next.

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How Can Invisalign Help Straighten Teeth and Boost Self-Confidence

LAST UPDATED: April 24, 2018

How Can Invisalign Help Straighten Teeth and Boost Self-Confidence?

Do you find yourself wondering if people are noticing your teeth when you talk? Have you found that you don’t show your teeth when you smile? Are you struggling to be happy with your smile when you do see your teeth in photos?

If you answered yes to any of the above, you have probably thought about working with an orthodontia provider, discovering how you can straighten your teeth, and deciding whether this is the right choice. Straightening teeth as an adult is an important decision – it will require significant time and monetary investment, and for many adults, they may question whether it is worth it in the long-term, especially given the inconveniences that traditional metal braces can present. Fortunately, you have other options. One of these options, Invisalign, is a modern alternative to traditional orthodontics. If you’re wondering if this treatment option is right for you, read below for more information about how it can help you achieve the perfect smile you’ve been dreaming about!

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Are Traditional Braces Cheaper than Invisalign?

LAST UPDATED: March 27, 2018

Are Traditional Braces Cheaper than Invisalign?

Cost is a major factor that must be weighed into your decision to seek orthodontic treatment. Today, you have many options available to help straighten your teeth and create a more beautiful smile. For most people, it will come down to two main options: Invisalign and the traditional wire braces with which most people are familiar. Understanding the differences between the two types of appliances is critical to deciding whether or not the cost should be a significant factor regarding which way you go with your treatment.

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Words of Wisdom No. 7 – Stay Fresh

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If you want to have fresh breath instead of having halitosis, then it is essential to brush your teeth after eating. Experts recommend brushing your teeth at least twice a day, but it is a good idea to perform oral hygiene more often. In addition to using a soft-bristled toothbrush to remove food debris and plaque from your teeth, make sure to have a specialized tongue scraper to get rid of additional bacteria. If your teeth are spaced too closely together, then it is time to visit an orthodontist for an examination to determine if you need to wear Invisalign aligners.

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How Is Invisalign Different from Traditional Braces?

There are a wide array of orthodontic procedures available to assist you in having your teeth straightened. The most popular of these is the traditional brace procedure. However, the treatment known as Invisalign is becoming increasingly popular due to the many conveniences and benefits found with it. Understanding the differences between these two appliances will allow you to make an informed purchase decision when it’s time to straighten the teeth of you or your child.

Primary Differences

There is a myriad of differences between these two orthodontic appliances. The primary reason for these differences is that braces are permanent for the duration of the teeth straightening process, while the Invisalign appliance can actually be removed at certain times of the day. Both of these appliances treat the same types of orthodontic issues, including everything from spacing and crossbite to underbite and overbite. They will also both straighten the teeth of your child. However, this is basically where the similarities end.

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