FAQs from Your Fenton and Linden, MI Orthodontist

WHAT IS ORTHODONTICS?

Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that specializes in the diagnosis,
prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. If your
teeth aren’t aligned properly, you could experience increased risk for
tooth decay, bone loss, difficulty chewing, and even speech impairment.
Orthodontics can give you a beautiful smile, while preventing or
correcting these issues.

WHO NEEDS ORTHODONTICS?

Dental or facial irregularities can run in the family, including those related
to tooth and jaw size. These problems can lead to crowding or spacing
of the teeth. Overbites, underbites, and extra or missing teeth may also
be inherited. Others might choose orthodontics to treat problems
related to accidents, pacifier or thumb sucking, dental diseases, or
premature tooth loss. Another reason you may consider orthodontic
treatment is to improve the look of your smile and increase your
confidence.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?

In general, orthodontic treatment time ranges from 18-24 months. The
actual time depends on the growth of your mouth and face, your
cooperation in your treatment, and the severity of the problem.

WHEN SHOULD A CHILD HAVE THEIR FIRST EVALUATION WITH AN ORTHODONTIST?

Children should have an evaluation by an orthodontist at age 7 to identify any
potential problems that may require treatment. Delaying treatment can
make some orthodontic problems worse. After age 12 the jaws stop growing
and certain conditions may be more difficult to correct. Waiting until
all permanent teeth come in or facial growth is nearly complete may make
correction of some problems more difficult.

HOW DO I BRUSH MY TEETH WITH ORTHODONTIC BRACES?

We recommend an electric tooth brush which can clean the teeth better than
a regular tooth brush. We also have special brushes that can get
between the braces. You should brush your teeth after every meal or
snack. Carrying a travel tooth brush is a great way to be able to brush
whenever you need.

To keep your teeth and gums healthy while you have braces, schedule your regular dental exams and cleanings every 6 months.

WHAT IS THE COST OF ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT?

The cost of orthodontic treatment depends on several factors including the
severity of the problem and the recommended treatment. You will be able
to discuss fees and payment options before your treatment begin.
Generally, you would pay part of the fee as an initial payment and the
remaining balance will be divided over several months. In most cases,
your insurance will cover a portion of the expenses.

AT WHAT AGE CAN PEOPLE HAVE ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT?

Children and adults can both benefit from orthodontics because healthy teeth can
be moved at any age. Monitoring growth and development is crucial to
managing some orthodontic problems well, so we recommend that children
have an exam at age 7. But an adult can also get the beautiful healthy
smile they’ve always wanted with orthodontic treatment.

WHAT DOES DR. WAX ORTHODONTICS OFFER TO MAKE MY VISIT A POSITIVE ONE?

Dr. Wax and our staff want you and your family to have a positive
experience every time you visit our office. We have a brand new,
beautiful office that has a comfortable and warm feeling. We have coffee
and tea to enjoy while you relax in the waiting room. We provide
reminder texts and emails before each appointment.

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