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At Mennemeyer Orthodontics, we have a saying, “Your smile is important.” We hope that during your initial consult, as well as during and after orthodontic treatment, you too will realize that your smile is important. Our friendly orthodontics team strives to make your orthodontic experience as comfortable and memorable as possible. For the vast majority of orthodontic patients, wearing traditional metal braces will be a major part of treatment. But while they’re still quite popular, traditional-looking metal braces are no longer the only game in town!
What do orthodontists do?
Orthodontists are dental specialists who diagnose and treat problems with the position, alignment or spacing of the teeth, and related irregularities in the face and the jaw. We use a number of special treatments, including braces and other oral appliances, to correct these problems.
How can I understand a potential bite problem?
Teeth that are protruding, crowded together, or erupting out of position are clear indications that treatment is needed (View examples). Less obvious signs are mouth breathing, frequent biting of the cheek or palate, speech difficulties, and thumb sucking that goes past 3-4 years of age. If teeth don’t meet properly when the mouth closes, or if jaws make sounds or shift as they move, this may also indicate an orthodontic problem.
Does getting braces hurt? What about wearing them?
Having braces put on is generally painless. Some people experience minor aches and pains in the first couple of days or so, as they adjust to wearing their appliances; periodic adjustments may sometimes cause soreness as well, though it typically lasts only a short time. Over-the-counter pain relievers can be used to alleviate any discomfort, but are usually unnecessary. True orthodontic emergencies are rare.
How long will orthodontic treatment take?
It’s different for each person, but generally, the active stage of treatment (that is, wearing braces or other appliances) may take from 6-30 months. After that, a retainer is worn.
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