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What Do Orthodontists Do?

Orthodontists are dental specialists who focus on correcting misaligned teeth and jaws. Orthodontists use braces, clear aligners, and other devices to straighten teeth and improve the bite. In accordance with the recommendations of the American Association of Orthodontists, we strongly recommend an early orthodontic evaluation for children before the age of seven to prevent more severe problems from developing later on. Overall, our goal is to help patients achieve a healthy and beautiful smile.

Why Should I Get Orthodontic Treatment?

Orthodontic treatment is typically recommended for people who have crooked or misaligned teeth, or problems with their bite, such as an overbite, underbite, or crossbite. Children, teenagers, and adults can all benefit from orthodontic treatment. If you want to make sure your teeth are healthy and your smile looks great, orthodontic treatment could be a great option for you. By straightening your teeth and aligning your jaw, orthodontic treatment can help you achieve a healthy bite, which can make it easier to eat, speak, and even breathe properly. Plus, having straight teeth can also improve your self-confidence and overall oral health. So if you want to improve your smile and feel more confident, orthodontic treatment might be just what you need!

Is It Better to Get Braces from a Dentist or an Orthodontist?

While both dentists and orthodontists can offer braces, it's generally recommended to get braces from an orthodontist. This is because orthodontists are dental specialists who have received additional training and education in the field of orthodontics, specifically focused on correcting misaligned teeth and jaws. They are more experienced in diagnosing and treating complex orthodontic problems, and they typically have access to a wider range of orthodontic treatments and technologies. So if you're considering getting braces, it's generally best to consult with an orthodontist to ensure that you receive the most comprehensive and effective treatment possible.

Can You Go to an Orthodontist for Braces Without a Referral?

Yes, we accept patients at Merna Tajaddod Orthodontics with or without a referral from your dentist or another healthcare provider. We are highly trained to diagnose and treat misaligned teeth and jaws, so we are well-equipped to evaluate your individual needs and recommend the best course of treatment. We offer complimentary initial consultations, where we will listen to your concerns and provide customized orthodontic treatment options. So if you're considering braces or Invisalign, you can schedule an appointment directly with us without the need for a referral.

Is It Worth Going to an Orthodontist?

If you have concerns about the alignment of your teeth or the health of your bite, it's definitely worth considering a consultation with an orthodontist. Dr. Merna Tajaddod is a Harvard-trained, board-certified orthodontist who can offer a wide range of treatment options to help you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile. Whether you're a child, teenager, or adult, orthodontic treatment can be a worthwhile investment in your overall oral health and self-confidence. By straightening your teeth and aligning your jaw, orthodontic treatment can help you eat, speak, and even breathe more easily, while also improving your overall appearance. The initial consultation is free, so if you're considering orthodontic treatment, it's definitely worth scheduling an appointment with us today!

When Should Orthodontic Treatment Be Started?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children should receive an orthodontic evaluation by the time they reach the age of seven. Although baby teeth may appear to be aligned properly, there may be underlying issues that can hinder the proper eruption of permanent teeth. In some cases, early orthodontic treatment is essential to address issues that could lead to more severe (and harder to treat) problems later on. Early orthodontic treatment can help guide the growth and development of the jaw, create more space for permanent teeth, and correct bite problems before they become more complex. Schedule your complimentary consultation with Dr. Merna Tajaddod today so she can evaluate your individual needs and recommend the best course of action.

How Do I Know If My Child Has a Bite Problem?

There are several signs that may indicate that your child has a bite problem, including difficulty biting or chewing, thumb-sucking or other oral habits, breathing through the mouth, speech difficulties, grinding or clenching of teeth, and crowded or misplaced teeth. Additionally, you may notice that your child's jaw shifts or makes noises when opening or closing the mouth, or that their face appears asymmetrical or unbalanced. If you have concerns about your child's bite, it's best to consult with Dr. Tajaddod as soon as possible.

Does Getting Braces Hurt? What About Wearing Them?

Getting braces typically does not hurt, although you may experience some discomfort or soreness in the first few days after getting them as your mouth adjusts to the new appliance. We can recommend over-the-counter pain relievers to help manage any discomfort. As for wearing braces, you may feel some pressure or tightness in your mouth as your teeth gradually shift into the desired position, but this discomfort typically subsides within a few days. It's also common to experience some soreness or irritation in the cheeks, lips, and tongue as they adapt to the braces. We will provide you with wax or other orthodontic relief products to help alleviate any discomfort. Overall, while there may be some temporary discomfort or soreness associated with getting and wearing braces, the benefits of orthodontic treatment can far outweigh any initial discomfort.

You can also ask us about Invisalign! Invisalign straightens the teeth using a set of clear plastic aligners that fit over the teeth. While you may still experience some soreness as the teeth gradually shift into place, Invisalign is generally more comfortable in the mouth as there are no metal wires or brackets to irritate the cheeks, lips and tongue. Schedule your complimentary consultation today and ask Dr. Tajaddod whether braces or Invisalign is the best choice for you!

How Long Will Orthodontic Treatment Take?

The length of orthodontic treatment can vary based on factors such as the complexity of the case, the age of the patient, and the type of treatment used. On average, most orthodontic treatments take around 1 to 3 years to complete. However, some patients may require a shorter or longer treatment period depending on their individual needs. Dr. Tajaddodd will provide you with an estimated treatment timeline based on your specific case and treatment plan. It's important to follow your orthodontist's instructions and attend all scheduled appointments to ensure the best possible outcome and minimize any potential delays in treatment.

Do I Still Need to See My Regular Dentist While I'm Getting Orthodontic Treatment?

Yes! It's important to continue seeing your regular dentist for routine checkups and cleanings while undergoing orthodontic treatment. While we will focus on adjusting your teeth and bite alignment, your dentist will monitor your overall oral health and check for any signs of tooth decay, gum disease, or other dental issues that may require treatment. Additionally, your dentist can provide guidance on how to maintain good oral hygiene while wearing braces or other orthodontic appliances. Regular dental visits can help ensure that your teeth and gums remain healthy throughout the orthodontic treatment process, and can help prevent any potential delays or complications in your treatment.

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