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10 FAQs on Orthodontics

People often get confused about how they will get the perfect solution for their dental problems. While people regularly go to a physician to get their ailments checked, many of them suffer in silence when it comes to dental irregularities, resigned to thinking they have to put up with misaligned teeth for the rest of their lives. This is not uncommon since most people have no clue about how orthodontics differs from conventional dentist practices and to whom it may be of potential use. Here are some of the FAQs about Orthodontics you must read:

1. What is orthodontics? How does it differ from conventional dental practices?

Orthodontics is a division of dentistry, which deals with the diagnosis and providing therapy for problems faced due to teeth and facial irregularities. Orthodontics is a specialization and not all dentists are orthodontists since it requires an additional knowledge and advanced study on orthodontics which is achieved by only 5-10% of dentists overall.

2. Who should consult orthodontists and what is the ideal age for general consultation?

Anybody with an asymmetrical dental and facial structure can consult orthodontists. However, the ideal age recommended is as early as 7 years because the earlier a problem is detected, the easier it is to obtain a solution for it. At Apollo White Dental, we insist on “Look before you Leap”.

3. What are the causes of orthodontic problems? Can we avoid it by taking precautionary steps?

Partially, YES. You can avoid it by avoiding practices like thumb/pacifier sucking at childhood. But in most of the cases, the problems arise due to accidents, inherited genetically like crowding of tooth and other irregularities related to jaw and lips.

4. Why is orthodontic treatment necessary?

Who doesn’t want to feel lively, energetic and full of confidence all the time? Also when there are orthodontic problems, people may be subjected to pain in gums, decaying of tooth and other dental related issues. At Apollo White Dental, a bright and happy smile is what we promise to you.

5. What would be the cost of an Orthodontist treatment?

The cost of the treatment varies for different dental issues.  At Apollo White Dental, we recommend the patients to schedule for a thorough initial examination in order to analyze, assess and detect the exact dental issue, thus paving way for the orthodontists to come up with the type of treatment and cost for the same.

6. What will I get to know from the initial examination by an Orthodontist?

Once you go for an initial examination, you’ll get to know about the prevailing orthodontic problems, treatment for the problem detected, the duration of the treatment and the cost for the entire treatment. In short, we provide you a full, thorough analysis of your condition.

7. What is the duration of the treatment?

The duration varies for different cases. It depends on the severity of patient’s orthodontic problems. However, the average time period involved in the treatment would be 8 to 30 months.

8. What are the most common orthodontic problems?

The most common orthodontic problems are overjet/protruding tooth, crowding, deep overbite, spacing, crossbite, lower jaw protrusion. However, we recommend you to schedule an appointment and consult the orthodontist for other extensive details.

9. Do braces hurt? What are the restrictions for a patient who wears braces?

Most patients experience a sense of pain for 2 to 3 days. After few visits to dentist, the patient no longer feels the soreness. The restrictions will be mainly based on food intake for the maintenance of braces. They will be clearly explained in person. After putting on the braces people are generally advised to brush twice a day.

10. Can you tell me about Emergency Appointment and its significance?

There may be a situation where braces could have been broken, or may be causing you an unexpected pain. In those times, we offer emergency appointment to help serve you quickly by fixing an immediate appointment for you. However, we will guide you through telephone in most of the cases.

We hope these FAQs will surely help you take a better decision and get back your flawless smile. If you still have doubts, feel free to call us at 18001-02-02-88.

7 FAQs on Dental Implants!

While being treated for illness or inflammation related to dental problems, patients have a lot of questions regarding the treatment process, side effects and other related queries. This happens because they are worried and want to gain complete knowledge about what they are dealing with. Dental Implant is one such treatment where people are curious to know the process as it is related to one of the most sensitive areas which is the teeth.
The following are some frequently asked questions on dental implants.

  1. What is dental Implant?
    It is a small device made of titanium which is inserted into the jawbone at the place of your missing teeth, allowing the bone to fuse with the implant. This is called Osseointegration and when the surrounding bone has been attached to the implant, a replacement tooth is crowned on the top of the implant.
  1. Will my new teeth look natural?
    Yes, your new teeth will look natural and feel natural as well. You can brush and floss normally. The crowned tooth is coloured and shaped according to your natural teeth and structure. The implanted teeth will be stronger than the natural teeth and no one will be able to differentiate. You can eat anything you want to but will have to make sure that the area surrounding the implanted teeth is cleaned and maintained at all times.
  2. Am I a suitable candidate for dental implants?
    Before being treated for dental implant, the doctor is required to find out about the overall health of the patient and whether or not they will be suitable for the particular treatment. Dental Implants are restricted as they cannot be treated for individuals who have diabetes, unhealthy gums, heart diseases, bleeding disorders, unhealthy jawbone, etc. So, you should go for a complete health check-up considering these aspects mainly and let the doctor know every detail for him to decide if you are a suitable candidate for the implant or not.
  3. Are dental implants painful?
    Like any other dental procedure, discomforts during and after dental implant procedure will be experienced. However, proper Anaesthetic will prevent the pain during the procedure.
  4. How long does the procedure take?
    This depends on the type of dental implant you are getting done like single tooth or multiple teeth replacement. Most dental implant procedures are relatively quick while the implant itself takes some time to heal and integrate with the jawbone in the gum line. This can take about 3 to 6 months of time after which the final procedure of crowning, bridging or dentures will be done.
  5. Are dental implants as strong as natural teeth?
    Have no doubts about the strength of your implants as the implants are stronger than natural teeth in more than one aspect and provide complete functionality like brushing, flossing and eating whatever you want.
  6. How long will implants last?
    Dental implants are supposed to last as long as natural teeth. However, good maintenance of oral hygiene and health is required for the implants to last a lifetime.

Mentioned above are the most common FAQs asked by patients about dental implants. It is a long term solution and will not need a lot of worrying like other treatments. You will be self-confident, have an improved speech, retain the shape of your face and get the perfect smile with the help of dental implants. If you have lost a tooth, do not delay any further and consult your dentist to get a dental implant at the earliest.