Orthodontics is the highly specialized branch of dentistry that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of malpositioned teeth and jaws. A dentist who specializes in orthodontics is known as an orthodontist.
Orthodontists undergo additional specialized training in orthodontics. An orthodontist can help you achieve a perfect smile by offering orthodontic intervention in the form of braces, aligners, and retainers, among others.
A general dentist provides general dentistry procedures such as teeth cleaning, dental exams, extractions, and sometimes root canal treatments.
The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends booking your child’s first orthodontic appointment when they’re seven years old. However, orthodontic treatment is open to patients of all ages. If you’re unhappy about your smile, book an appointment with Dr. Lupi, DDS, in Stafford, VA.
Many people immediately think of braces when they hear of orthodontic treatment. While braces are the most common type of treatment in the orthodontic field, they’re not the only form of intervention offered by orthodontists. Other types of orthodontic treatments include removable orthodontic appliances, retainers, clear aligners, orthognathic surgery, and orthodontic mini-screws.
Braces consist of brackets and wires that gently shift your teeth into desired positions. Braces can correct overbite, underbite, crossbite, open bite, and gaps between your teeth.
The period of treatment depends on your unique needs. On average, patients need treatment for 22 months before they can achieve their perfect smiles. However, this period may vary with some patients requiring treatment for half a year, and others for as long as 30 months. What’s essential to remember is that regardless of the period, the outcome is a happier and healthier smile that will make you feel more confident.
When moving teeth and aligning the bite, you may experience some discomfort. This varies from patient to patient and can last 24-72 hours after an adjustment. It is recommended to take an analgesic for sensitivity. Please be assured, this is temporary and will dissipate.
You will have certain food limitations with braces. It is recommended that hard, sticky, chewy, and crunchy foods be avoided. These foods can cause brackets to become loosened, wires to bend, and/or bands to come off the teeth. Resulting in an unplanned appointment to see Dr. Lupi.
Sticky and hard foods, for instance, pose a risk to the health of your teeth. Other than that, braces don’t inhibit your daily life.
If you’re interested in getting started on your orthodontic journey, book an appointment with Dr. James E. Lupi in Stafford, VA. Dr. Lupi’s highest priority is to transform the smiles of people in the surrounding area of Stafford, Va. Call us today if you’d like to embark on the journey of making your dream smile a reality.