Q: What are orthodontic patient records and why are they important?
A: Dentists need to keep detailed orthodontic records for every patient so that they can provide the best treatment. These dental records most often involve
- Photos of the patient’s teeth and face
- Tooth models
Orthodontists can refer to these records to glean a great deal of patient information that may not be available with just a visual examination of the mouth and teeth.
The orthodontic records are an indispensable resource that allows your dental professional to list your personal dental history. This will provide a quick and useful reference that includes facts or anomalies involving any problems such as extra teeth, tooth buds, impactions or extracted teeth.
The condition and development of teeth and tooth roots is also detailed in these charts. The dentist will also record information that lists facial symmetry, important measurements and the growth pattern of the patient’s jaw and face.
With meticulous patient records it is easy for orthodontists to diagnose the problems, create the best treatment plan and keep track of your progress.
Q: Why do orthodontists advise “early treatment” options for some kids?
A: Early care is also known as interceptive or preventive care. With this type of treatment it is easier for the dentist to improve jaw and tooth alignment. The newly erupting adult teeth can be guided into the optimal position for the patient’s mouth. This will help maintain the individual spacing for permanent teeth, correct any problems with jaw growth and greatly decrease the possibility of fracturing any protruding teeth.
Q: Is there any psychological impact associated with orthodontic therapies?
A: In the critically important developmental years the correct orthodontic therapy can have a positive impact on a patient’s self-confidence. A person’s physical appearance is going to be a factor in their social development. Physical appearance does exert some influence regarding an individual’s self-image, personality and their popularity with peers.
Children who are provided necessary orthodontic therapy are less likely to be bullied or teased about their appearance.
Adult orthodontic therapy can also provide patients with positive psychological benefits. These include boosts in their morale and higher levels of self-confidence. Careers and social interactions may also be improved due to the improvement in their physical appearance.
Q: Is adolescent growth an important factor to consider when choosing orthodontic treatment?
A: Adolescence is when the majority of facial growth is taking place.
Selecting orthodontic therapy during this stage of life will offer the chance to positively influence a child’s facial profile and jaw alignment.
In order to correct problems with the jaw after adolescence most doctors will recommend surgical intervention. Electing to perform early orthodontic therapy for issues related to jaw and teeth development is a safer and more affordable option. This decision can also result in a sizable savings of both money and time.
Q: Is anyone ever deemed to be too old for braces?
A: The short answer is ‘No’. If you need orthodontic intervention and can benefit from a specific procedure then your age will not be a factor.
As long as you still have your own teeth and healthy gums then you are not too old to consider the possibility of braces.
Today more adults are choosing to positively change their lives and appearances with orthodontic procedures. These individuals realize that a healthy, beautiful smile offers more than just a better appearance it is the opportunity to build self-confidence.
Q: When would tooth extraction be recommended by orthodontists?
A: The removal of specific teeth might need to be done if the permanent teeth are being blocked. An orthodontist might realize that extracting teeth at certain times is the best way to prevent future dental problems from occurring.
Tooth extraction is generally going to be recommended in situations that involve
- Impacted teeth
- Poorly positioned permanent teeth
- Extreme crowding of permanent teeth
- Root damage to adult teeth
Q: What is the usual length of time involved in orthodontic treatment?
A: Treatment plans for patients needing orthodontic appliances will vary according to the individual and the issues with their teeth. In most situations an orthodontic program is designed to be completed in 1-3 years. Depending on age, growth factors, patient cooperation and the complexity of the treatment the actual time could be slightly less than 1 year-or the treatment could be extended for more than 36 months.
Q: How is self-image related to orthodontic procedures?
A: Well-documented research has proven that the teeth, face and mouth are the focal centers during social interactions and verbal communication. The overall appearance of a person, including their smile, is closely linked to their self-image, level of self-confidence, popularity and feelings of self-worth.
A stunning smile that displays straight, white teeth is going to boost the physical appearance of any individual. The right smile makes a person look and feel younger and more self-assured.
These factors are all taken into consideration by the orthodontist who will plan your treatment strategy. In addition to an improved personal appearance orthodontics can improve the functions of your jaw and mouth. Straight teeth are also easier to clean and floss which means that your natural teeth will look better and last longer.
Q: What can you expect from our orthodontic practice?
A: Each patient will have access to treatment therapies that are a perfect mixture of artistry, modern technology, skill, aesthetics and experience. The goal of our orthodontic team is to deliver the highest level of dental care to our patients without sacrificing that personal touch. Our office provides a caring, friendly setting in which you will immediately feel at ease. We believe that you will be so delighted with our team of orthodontic care specialists that you will recommend our office to everyone you know.