Frequently Asked Questions
What is Phase I treatment?
Phase I treatment, also known as early orthodontic treatment, is focused on addressing specific orthodontic issues in young children to guide proper jaw growth and tooth alignment.
When is Phase I treatment necessary?
Phase I treatment is recommended for children with developing orthodontic problems that may benefit from early intervention, such as correcting bite issues, overcrowding, or jaw growth discrepancies.
What is Phase II treatment?
Phase II treatment, also called comprehensive orthodontic treatment, is initiated after all permanent teeth have erupted. It aims to align teeth and optimize their positions for a functional and aesthetic smile.
Can adults undergo orthodontic treatment?
Yes, adults can absolutely receive orthodontic treatment. Many adults choose braces or clear aligners to enhance their smiles and correct bite problems.
What are the options for adult orthodontic treatment?
Adults have various treatment options, including traditional braces, ceramic braces, lingual braces (placed behind the teeth), and clear aligners such as Invisalign.
What is orthodontic surgery?
Orthodontic surgery, also known as orthognathic surgery, is a procedure used to correct severe jaw irregularities and misalignments that cannot be resolved through orthodontic treatment alone.
Am I a candidate for orthodontic surgery?
If you have significant jaw discrepancies, such as an underbite, overbite, or open bite, your orthodontist may recommend orthodontic surgery as part of your treatment plan.
How long is the recovery period after orthognathic surgery?
The recovery period varies for each individual, but generally, it can take several weeks for the swelling to subside, and full healing may take several months.
Do braces hurt?
Discomfort may be experienced initially and during routine adjustments as the teeth move, but the discomfort is usually manageable and temporary.
Can I still play sports or musical instruments with braces?
Yes, you can continue to play sports and musical instruments with braces. However, it is recommended to wear a mouthguard during physical activities to protect your teeth and braces.
Are there dietary restrictions with braces?
Certain foods that are sticky, hard, or chewy should be avoided to prevent damaging your braces. Your orthodontist will provide you with a list of foods to avoid and recommend braces-friendly options.
How often should I visit the orthodontist during treatment?
Typically, orthodontic appointments are scheduled every 4 to 8 weeks to monitor progress, make adjustments, and ensure treatment is progressing as planned.
Will I need to wear retainers after treatment?
Yes, wearing retainers after orthodontic treatment is essential to maintain the results and prevent teeth from shifting back to their original positions. Retainers are usually worn full-time initially and then transitioned to nighttime wear.