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All About Orthodontics

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All About Orthodontics…Going to the dentist isn’t fun for any of us, but what about going to the orthodontist? You’ll have to seek out the help of an orthodontist when you or your child needs braces, a retainer, or a jaw realignment. Orthodontists specialize in these specifics, and they tend to be on the higher end price-wise.

Treatments Orthodontists Offer

Orthodontists’ jobs are to prevent, diagnose, and fix, their patients’ teeth to give them the straight and perfect smile they want, and give them a healthy bite. They will also guide their patients to show them how they can obtain the smile and bite they want.

Even if you have healthy oral hygiene, the human mouth and teeth are unpredictable. The teeth can grow in crowded, crooked, spaced, and can meet together and away from each other in opposite ways. An orthodontist will have to be the one to correct these problems, a regular dentists cannot do this type of magic. 

Another problem that can occur is that a jaw can give you an overbite or an underbite, which can also move your teeth around. Your orthodontist can fix that problem as well, usually without the need of an oral surgeon.

Family Orthodontics

Family orthodontics specializes in children’s oral needs, like braces or retainers.Straightening a child’s teeth or jaw while they’re still growing and have their adult teeth is easier than trying to fix the problem when they’re older. Going to the orthodontist can also be for tightening the already existing braces. The final stop to your family orthodontist is a big step for your child, they finally get to have their braces removed! Getting rid of their braces will be a game-changer for them, especially into their adolescent years.

The nice thing about orthodontics is that it isn’t just for kids/teens anymore. Adults can have their oral problems fixed now too, easier than ever! Family Orthodontics is an orthodontist version of a family doctor for the rest of your medical needs.

Comprehensive Orthodontic Treatment

Comprehensive orthodontic treatment is just a fancy way of your orthodontist telling you that you need braces. The use of braces is to fix the bite problems from start to finish in one easy way. Treatment usually lasts 2-2 1/2 years, it may take a little longer or shorter, depending on your personal case, and how severe your oral problem is.

Depending on how crowded your teeth are, you may have to have a tooth or a few teeth removed before you can have the braces put on. With modern technology, you may not need to have any teeth removed, but it will solely be up to your orthodontist.

Whether you are already missing teeth or had to have them removed before the braces went on your teeth, you won’t have to worry about any gaps. Your teeth will slowly shift into place next to each other with the help of the braces. This can be done gently with the help of the treatment, without giving you any other problems down the road.

Comprehensive orthodontic treatment won’t typically hurt, but if you have any discomfort, it’s recommended that you take a pain reliever such as Tylenol, Advil, or Motrin, taking as prescribed. Better technology and better designs for braces will make them more comfortable to have put on and to wear after they are attached to your teeth.

Other Forms of Orthodontics

Jaw realignments and putting on braces aren’t all that orthodontists do. Some of their other services can include removable braces, functional appliances, and headgear.

Removable braces are small pieces of metal or plastic that fit the top of your mouth and attach to only a couple of teeth. These are used for small or limited teeth movements, and won’t be as difficult to put up with as a full set of braces. You’ll want to keep this in your mouth, and only take it out to clean it or for certain activities, which you can talk to your orthodontist about.

Headgear is used in combination with other types of orthodontic appliances and is meant to be worn at night while you sleep to continue to get your teeth to straighten. You cannot wear headgear when you eat, drink, and do most activities. This can be used with or without a full set of braces. Most commonly the need for headgear is to correct your back teeth or to keep them positioned while your front teeth are being fixed.

Functional appliances are plastic braces, joined together to fit both your top and bottom teeth to help straighten both at the same time, without the need for a full set of braces either. They can help with repositioning your jaw, not just your teeth. These will need to be worn at all times as well, if you don’t wear them correctly, the treatment will not work. The only time you should remove them is to clean them or while you’re eating.

Orthodontists can help in fitting retainers and invisible liners. Retainers are used at the end of regular orthodontic treatments, keeping your teeth in line while your gums and bones adjust to their new positions. The use of invisible liners can possibly fix your teeth without any further treatments, talking to your orthodontist can help you make your final decision about straightening your teeth.

Get the Smile You or Your Kid Deserves, with GoClear Orthodontics

You deserve to have a smile that’s just as amazing as you are!  When it comes to getting the best smile, it all starts with GoClear Orthodontics! Your child’s smile is important, it says a lot about them, and when they’re happy, there’s nothing like seeing them flashing a picture-perfect smile. 

No one should have to endure having a smile that they aren’t happy with and with GoClear Orthodontics, everyone can have the smile they’ve always wanted! You know what you want in a smile, and now you know where to get it!  


If you want the best smile you can get, you’ll want to have a chat with the experts at GoClear Orthodontics