FAQs

What are the benefits of orthodontics?

Orthodontic treatment provides a variety of benefits. First, it corrects any misalignment of the teeth and bite to ensure long lasting dental health, such as the likelihood of cavities and gum disease. Second, orthodontic treatment provides patients with a straight, even, and attractive smile that increases self-esteem. Advances in orthodontic technology provide a variety of treatment options for patients, ensuring they have the healthy and beautiful smile of their dreams.

If I don’t want braces, can I get Invisalign?

Invisalign is suitable for most alignment conditions requiring orthodontic treatment. In some cases, traditional braces may be the better choice. Dr. Jamesen will provide a thorough consultation and advice on the best treatment to achieve your expected results.

What is the best age to start braces?

From around the age of 7, or when some of the adult teeth are present, a child should have an orthodontic assessment to see if orthodontic care might be needed in the future. It is most common for children between the ages of 10-14 years to have orthodontic treatment, although, patients of any age can choose to have orthodontic care.

Am I too old for braces?

No. Patients of any age can have braces.

When should an overbite be corrected?

An overbite, which occurs when the top front teeth protrude beyond the bottom teeth, is correctable with orthodontic treatment. It can be corrected at any age, although treatment can be easier for younger patients whose jaws have not fully developed.

What are the dangers of not treating an overbite?

When alignment issues like an overbite are not treated, the patient can experience other symptoms later in life. For example, overbite can lead to issues with the temporomandibular joint, resulting in TMJ disorder. Misalignment can also cause extra wear and tear on the teeth, resulting in erosion of tooth enamel and a higher susceptibility to developing tooth decay and cavities. Additionally, patients can develop gum disease if they are not proactive with their orthodontic care.

What are Self Ligating Brackets?

These braces are similar to traditional braces in that brackets are attached to the teeth, but instead of using ties to hold the wire and guide the teeth, a slide mechanism is used. This allows for easier movement of the teeth.

How does the Doctor determine what treatment plan I will receive?

Dr. Jamesen performs a thorough examination of your teeth, which may include x-rays and other imaging tools. By determining the severity of any misalignment, she will offer the treatments that will most efficiently move your teeth to the desired positioning.

Once I get my braces, how often do I need to come in for my appointments?

Traditional braces are tightened every 4-6 weeks. Invisalign aligners are changed out every 2 weeks.

What are clear braces and who are the best candidates?

Clear braces are ceramic brackets that are attached to the teeth and perform the same function of the traditional metal brackets. They are normally used on adult patients or people that are sensitive to their physical appearance and do not want the appearance of traditional metal braces.

What is the cost of services?   

Initial consultations are always free. After this, options are discussed and a fee will be determined based on the severity of the case and length and type of the orthodontic treatment.

My child has a thumb sucking habit and how can I stop this?

When children engage in thumb or finger sucking, it can have a negative effect on the teeth and jaws. For example, it may cause the upper front teeth to tip forward and even the upper jaw to move forward. Dr. Jamesen can provide an appliance that makes it nearly impossible for a child to suck on his or her thumb or fingers.

How long will the treatment be?

Orthodontic treatment typically lasts between 18-24 months. Although, depending on the severity of the misalignment, this time can be longer.