Braces Frequently Asked Questions
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Who needs braces?
Most patients of any age seeking to improve the overall appearance of their teeth and smile can get braces. Correcting your bite can improve jaw function and overall oral health, and early orthodontic treatment can improve the growth and development of children’s jaws and teeth.
How do braces work?
Braces are actually a pretty impressive invention. They gradually and safely move teeth, making it very easy for those who had crooked teeth, crowded teeth, or gaps in between teeth, along with serious bit problems, to get a healthier, more attractive smile. If you or your child is going to be getting braces on soon, you might be wondering exactly how they work. Braces put gentle pressure on teeth to gradually and safely move them to a better position in the mouth.
How can I tell if my child or I need braces?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children visit an orthodontist for the first time by age seven. To learn more, visit our Early Treatment page where we cover information on commonly overlooked orthodontic problems with children and how Dr. Kahan can help.
To learn more, visit our Early Treatment page where we cover information on commonly overlooked orthodontic problems with children, and how an orthodontist can help.
Am I too old for braces?
Of course not! A good percentage of our patients are over the age of 40. Not only can braces align your bite and boost your confidence, straightening your teeth can greatly improve your oral health.
Will my teeth straighten out as they grow?
No, they will not. The space available for the front teeth does not increase as you grow. In most people, after the permanent molars erupt, the space available for the front teeth decreases with age.
Will I need to have teeth extracted for braces?
Dr. Kahan’s philosophy is to only remove teeth if it will benefit the face and improve overall balance of the soft tissues of the face. Removing teeth is sometimes required to achieve the best facial esthetics, but with advanced technology and digital treatment planning, we tend to favor a non-extraction treatment approach.
Do I still need to visit my dentist while wearing braces?
Absolutely! While your dentist and orthodontist both work with teeth, they focus on different procedures. Going to your dentist for your regular check-ups and cleanings will help you avoid tooth decay, gum disease and other oral health problems. It’s actually more important than ever when you’re wearing braces.
Will my child need full braces if he/she has Phase One treatment?
It is best to assume that your child will need full braces even after Phase One treatment. The period following Phase One treatment is called the "resting period," during which growth and tooth eruption are closely monitored. Throughout this period, parents and patients will be kept informed of future treatment recommendations.
Can I wear braces even though I have crowns and missing teeth?
Yes. A tooth with a crown will move just like a tooth with a simple filling. When teeth are missing, orthodontic treatment will aid in the alignment of the remaining teeth.