Orthodontics and Braces FAQ's

Who needs braces?

Studies show that millions of Americans have oral health problems that could benefit from orthodontic treatment. Without treatment, many of these people could develop serious problems such as tooth decay, gum disease, bone destruction, TMJ problems and even the loss of teeth. If you are unsure whether you or your child are candidates for treatment, call our office to schedule an orthodontic evaluation.

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What is the appropriate age to begin orthodontic treatment?

Although there is not a universal best age to begin treatment, the American Association of Orthodontists and Dr. Parker recommend that every child have an orthodontic evaluation around age seven. Dr. Parker can improve smiles at any age, but there are benefits to early diagnosis. An exam around age seven allows Dr. Parker to detect and evaluate developing problems and determine the best time to treat them.

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Is orthodontic treatment expensive?

Dr. Parker offers flexible payment plans to help make orthodontic treatment more affordable. When combined with your insurance benefits, braces are a lot less costly than you might have thought. Orthodontic treatment can bring long term health benefits and contribute to the avoidance of serious and costly problems that can result from untreated conditions. The benefits of orthodontic treatment last a lifetime, which makes orthodontics a very wise healthcare investment.

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What can happen if orthodontic problems go untreated?

Untreated orthodontic problems can contribute to tooth decay, gum disease, bone destruction, TMJ problems and even tooth loss.

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What are the benefits of wearing braces?

Straighter teeth are healthier teeth! In general, teeth and jaws that are properly aligned work better. The goal of orthodontic treatment is to prevent or alleviate dental health problems.

Better looking bites usually work better! For many people who need orthodontic treatment, eating can be a difficult task. Orthodontic treatment corrects your bite in addition to straightening your teeth, and can make biting and chewing food much easier.

When you look better, you feel better! A pleasing appearance is vital to having self-confidence, and braces can improve self-esteem at any age!

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What are common orthodontic problems?

Common problems in children and adolescents
Common problems in adults

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How do I get started with orthodontic treatment?

Steps for getting braces

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What kind of braces should I get?

Damon System information

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Important terms to know about braces

Patient education

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How do I brush and floss with braces?

Patient education

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Will I be able to play sports while wearing braces?

Yes, but if you participate in sports, it's important to ask Dr. Parker about special precautions. A mouthguard may be needed to prevent damaging your teeth, mouth and braces.

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What foods should I avoid while wearing braces?

Patient Education

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Can adults wear braces?

Yes! Today, one in five orthodontic patients is an adult. Dr. Parker has many adult patients who chose to begin treatment after seeing what a difference orthodontic treatment has made in their children's lives. Call Dr. Parker today if you are interested in learning more about treatment for yourself.

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What is the #1 rule for wearing braces?

Orthodontic treatment is a wise investment not only in your personal appearance, but also in your overall health. To receive the maximum benefit from your orthodontic treatment, be certain to follow the advice of Dr. Parker regarding proper oral hygiene and the maintenance of your braces.

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