- Are Braces Really Necessary or Just a Cosmetic Procedure?
One of the best ways to achieve the smile of your dreams is with orthodontics in Whittier. With this type of treatment, we can:
- Straighten crooked teeth
- Close gaps between teeth
- Reduce crowding
- Correct bite issues like overbites and underbites
Interestingly, these fixes are more than cosmetic. They allow for better function. When your teeth and jaw function optimally, you’ll have a reduced risk of developing a painful jaw condition called TMJ disorder, which can lead to:
- Chronic headaches
- Tooth soreness and sensitivity
- Jaw and neck pain
- Difficulty chewing
Additionally, treatment from a Whittier orthodontist can ensure a balanced bite. When we fix bite issues like overbites, underbites, crossbites, and open bites, we ensure there’s equal pressure on all the teeth when you chew. Misalignment puts added pressure on certain teeth, which can contribute to:
- Cracked teeth
- Fractured teeth
- Tooth sensitivity
- What Are My Orthodontic Treatment Options?
You have three options:
- How Long Will I Need to Wear Braces?
The duration of your treatment depends on the complexity of your case. Some people who just need a slight correction can be in and out of braces within six months. More complex cases can take up to 24 months.
- Are Braces Painful?
Typically, you’ll experience some soreness when we first put your braces on and sometimes when we adjust them. The soreness goes away within a few days.
You can avoid exacerbating your symptoms by sticking to soft foods during this time. Warm salt-water rinses and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications (if you are cleared by your medical provider to take them) can help relieve your symptoms.
- What Questions Should I Ask My Whittier Orthodontist Before Treatment?
You can ask your Whittier orthodontist and their team anything you want! But here are some of the best questions you can ask to get more clarity on your case and how braces will benefit you.
- What are the benefits of braces or Invisalign® treatment?
- Am I a good candidate for Invisalign® or ceramic braces?
- Are there any lifestyle changes I need to make before getting braces?
- What lifestyle changes will I need to make once I get braces?
- How long should my treatment take?
- What tools do I need to care for my teeth during my treatment?
- How Much Does Orthodontics in Whittier Cost?
In 2020-2021, the average cost of orthodontic care was between $5000 and $6000. The costs involved depend on the type of treatment you get (Invisalign® vs. traditional braces), the duration of your treatment, and the complexity of your case.
- Does Dental Insurance Cover Orthodontic Treatment?
It depends on your insurance company and the plan you have. Quite a few companies pay for a portion of orthodontic care for children under the age of 18. Most insurance companies do not cover adult orthodontic treatment. Talk to your insurance company for more information.
- Is There a Less Visible Option Than Metal Braces?
Yes! Invisalign® clear aligners are virtually invisible. Our ceramic braces are made with tooth-colored and/or clear components, which are less visible, too.
- What’s the Best Age to Start Orthodontics in Whittier?
The earlier the better. We start evaluating a child’s bite early on and can start orthodontic treatment as early as seven years of age.
However, there’s no age limit on when someone can get braces. We treat both children and adults in our Whittier orthodontic practice.
- How Do I Practice Good Dental Home Care with Braces?
Brush at least twice a day and floss at least once a day – just as you would normally. An electric toothbrush is helpful in keeping teeth as plaque-free as possible.
If you have metal or ceramic braces, you’ll need some new tools to help with flossing and keeping your teeth clean. These include floss threaders and a WaterPik.
Do You Still Have Questions?
As was mentioned, the questions above are the most common questions we hear from patients. But this list is not exhaustive. Your Whittier orthodontist and their team understand you might have more, and we want you to know that we’re happy to answer them.
The only way you’re going to feel 100% confident investing in this treatment is if you have your questions answered and your concerns addressed. We welcome you to schedule an orthodontic consult today to meet our team and ask whatever questions you have about orthodontics in Whittier.
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