What Is Orthodontics?

Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that specializes in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial problems. Braces are appliances that are fitted to teeth so that these problems can be corrected.

Why should you choose an orthodontic specialist?

Orthodontists have received years of advanced training, in addition to their general dental degrees, to become a specialist. Teeth and facial profiles can be permanently changed by orthodontic treatment so it is very important that the treatment be done properly.

Do you need a referral from your family dentist to see an orthodontist?

No referral is necessary from any dentist to consult with an orthodontist. Personal recommendations from friends and families of existing patients is often the primary way orthodontists meet new patients.

When is the best time to schedule an initial consultation?

Early discovery of orthodontic problems allow the orthodontist to determine the best time for treatment to begin. In certain cases, optimum results are not possible once the face and jaw have stopped growing. Children mature at varying rates and it is important to evaluate a child as their permanent teeth erupt. Between six and eight years of age is a good time to see a child for the first time, unless one suspects a problem at an earlier age.

Early examination often permits maximum improvement with the least amount of time and expense. However, adult patients who have healthy teeth and supporting structures are never too old for orthodontic treatment.

Why should a child have early orthodontic treatment?

Poorly aligned teeth are more susceptible to trauma and can trap food debris that leads to tooth and gum problems. In some cases, preventive or interceptive forms of treatment can affect the growth and alignment of the jaws, guide erupting teeth into more favorable positions and preserve spaces for permanent teeth.

What is the psychological impact of early treatment?

Early treatment improves appearances during the critical developmental years. Studies suggest that appearance can have an effect on personality, behavior, self-image and popularity. In addition, as adolescents enter their late teens, they become less receptive to orthodontic therapy and more conscious about their appearance.

What can the patient expect from Dr. Frost’s orthodontic practice?

Dr. Frost and his staff work towards providing all their patients with the highest level of orthodontic treatment possible in a caring and patient friendly environment. Advances in bonding agents have produced products that can be used on wet teeth, are photo-sensitive, have superior strength and allow for quicker, more comfortable appointments. New wires continue to be introduced. The latest wires are temperature sensitive which allows the wire to be more comfortable and can even speed up treatment.

What are signs that orthodontic treatment is needed?

  • Crowded teeth
  • Spaced teeth
  • Overlapped teeth
  • Extra teeth
  • Missing teeth
  • Protruded or retruded teeth
  • Narrow arches
  • Impacted teeth
  • Retained baby teeth
  • Excessively worn teeth
  • Incorrectly angulated teeth
  • Rotated teeth
  • Thumb or finger sucking habits
  • Crossbite
  • Deep Overbite
  • Openbite
  • Midline discrepancy
  • Shifting of the jaws when biting
  • Difficulty in chewing or biting
  • TMJ problems
  • Realignment for bridges or implants
  • Facial growth problems
  • Retruded lower jaw (mandible)
  • Protruded lower jaw (mandible)
  • Midface excess (maxilla)
  • Midface insufficiency (maxilla)

Do you accept insurance for orthodontic treatment?

Yes, we accept insurance. Dental insurance can sometimes—but not always—cover part or all of the cost of orthodontic treatment. Since the amount and type of coverage differs from patient to patient, please speak with our staff at your consultation for more information regarding your individual situation and insurance plan.

Why is the growth spurt important for orthodontic treatment?

Much of the skeletal growth of the face occurs during the growth spurt period. Timely treatment during this period provides an opportunity to favorably influence the growth and development of the face and developing facial profile. After growth is complete, correction of jaw discrepancies usually require extraction of permanent teeth or jaw surgery.

Once orthodontic treatment has begun, what can the patient do to help?

Dr. Frost can only be as successful as his patients are cooperative! By following the treatment plan and recognizing the importance of keeping to the advised appointment schedule, the patient will most effectively help his or her treatment plan.




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