Common Questions About Dental Braces in La Jolla
Those who receive dental braces often have questions about orthodontics and treatment. Here is a list of the most common questions so patients can easily prepare for a potential straightening treatment. It is convenient to know what to expect before beginning the treatment.
What can an orthodontist do for me?
An orthodontist is a dental specialist who practices orthodontics. Orthodontics is a major branch of dentistry that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of dental abnormalities. Orthodontists study for an extra two to three years to receive additional training in orthodontics and to gain more experience in the detection and treatment of dental problems. An orthodontist can straighten teeth, correct a misaligned jaw, fix an over- or underbite, and improve the appearance, comfort, and function of teeth overall.
What kinds of dental braces are available?
There are many options to think about if on needs dental braces. Some of the most common types are clear braces, lingual braces, and traditional braces. Clear braces and lingual braces are less noticeable options that older teens and adults choose. Clear braces consist of ceramic components that blend in with the teeth and allow some of the natural tooth to show through. Lingual braces are still all-metal normally, but we place them on the backside of the teeth, so they are invisible from an onlooker’s perspective. Traditional braces consist of stainless steel metal components that are more noticeable, but still effective.
Will I need to visit a specialist for dental braces every six months like I visit my dentist?
Patients will actually need to visit a little more regularly than every six months, so we can monitor the progress of the straightening treatment. We can also clear the braces of any obstructions like lodged food particles or plaque and make adjustments to spur on the next stage of straightening. During the orthodontics treatment, patients also need to keep visiting the dentist every six months for usual checkups. Visiting an orthodontist is no excuse to miss visits to the dentist.
Can I still play sports once I receive dental braces?
You can still play sports and engage in your usual activities with dental braces , but you will need to be careful, for your safety and the safety of others. We recommend you get fitted for a mouthguard before you engage in any contact sports, or you could suffer an injury or injure another if you collide with something or someone. A properly fitted mouthguard will not inhibit your performance, it will just protect you from sustaining any damage.
If we failed to answer a question you have about dental braces, do not hesitate to give us a visit or call. We are pleased to answer questions and provide you with all the information you need about receiving straightening treatment that will permanently benefit your teeth and gums.