Your Best Smile Awaits You at an Orthodontist Close To Me

It’s never too late to get great oral care from your orthodontist. He or she can help correct a host of issues like overbites, underbites, cross bites, gaps, and crowding regardless of your age. Gaps in the teeth are called diastema and they can be fixed by several of the types of orthodontic treatments. Your dentist also plays a part in your overall oral health by ensuring your get a regular dental treatment to keep your nicely aligned teeth clean and strong.

Difference between a general dentist and orthodontist

An orthodontist close to me is a dentist, but not all dentists are orthodontists. Orthodontists have gone to school for an additional two or three years in order to get the training necessary for knowing how to correct alignment issues, called malocclusions, and help with facial balancing.

Dentists might notice things like jaw bone decay that they want to get addressed by orthodontic appliances to help stop the process, so they will refer you to an orthodontist for follow up. Improper wearing of the teeth can lead to bone loss which can then lead to tooth loss as there is no medium to hold the teeth in place any more. They might also refer you to an orthodontist when you have crooked teeth as it will be much more difficult to brush and floss your teeth until you straighten teeth. That leads to tooth decay because the food debris will feed the bacteria that cause plaque.

Some offices will have both a dentist and an orthodontist in them, so it is doubly convenient to get all of your appointments taken care of. Or, if you have to get some dental services done before your orthodontia can be done, it’s easy to walk across the hall. This can include things like deep cleanings or fillings.

Your dentist will help with the regular dental care and maintenance you need like cleanings and fluoride treatments. Then, while you have your braces on, your dentist will play an important role in helping keep your teeth clean. Brushing and flossing regularly are super important to prevent tooth decay around the brackets.

What to expect from your orthodontist close to me

You should try to get your child in to see an orthodontist close to me shortly after their seventh birthday. If nothing else, your orthodontist can look for any issues that he or she might want to keep their eye on like jaw alignment issues or spacing concerns. And, if they can do some corrective work early on, the adult teeth have more room to be able to come in properly. They can also provide you with some mouthguards or other tools to help stop your child from sucking their thumb and causing the teeth to be pushed out of alignment.

So what would happen if you didn’t get your bite corrected? You can experience jaw issues due to the pressure on the joint where the jaw meets the skull, called the temporomandibular joint or TMJ. Alignment issues can lead to headaches. And, if the teeth don’t line up properly, they will wear improperly and it could also lead to the teeth cracking or other dental issues.

There are a number of types of orthodontic treatments available. After your initial consultation, which should be free, your orthodontist close to me will be able to give you a treatment plan and also a timeline of when to expect your treatment to be complete. For that first appointment, plan on being about 15 minutes early so you can get all of the initial paperwork filled out and everything set up for your upcoming treatments.

If you can, it’s best to get braces for kids or teens. Their jaws are not done forming yet and so it is easier to get the teeth aligned properly. Adults can certainly still get braces, but treatment might take longer and you may need to wear a retainer for the rest of your life to help keep the teeth properly set.

The most common types of braces are the metal ones that most everyone is familiar with, as well as ceramic braces, lingual braces, and clear aligners. Traditional metal braces are the least expensive option. Next are the ceramic or so-called clear braces. They are made from ceramic and are close to the color of teeth. You won’t really notice them visually but they are slightly more expensive. For both types, you have the brackets that are affixed to the teeth with a type of adhesive, and then a metal wire is run through the middle of each bracket before a small rubber band is looped around the outside of the bracket to keep the wire in place.

Another type of braces is lingual braces. Lingual braces are quite a bit more expensive – as much as twice as costly – as they are affixed to the back surface of the teeth. And, unlike the front surface, the backs of our teeth are not smooth or flat, so each bracket has to be custom made to fit correctly. They are also more costly because they are not as simple for the orthodontist to access when it comes time to tighten them. They have an advantage in that they are not visible so adults like them. They also help for anyone of any age who needs to get their teeth straightened or bite corrected but they are in a profession where they can’t have visible braces.

Clear aligners are available for teens and adults. They are a clear plastic tray that is custom made for your teeth that gently moves your teeth into a better alignment by putting slight pressure on your teeth. If you choose to go this route, you should know that they cost around the same as traditional braces, but you might not have to go to the orthodontist as frequently to get the next set of trays. The treatment time is about the same or maybe a little bit longer than metal dental braces, but you do get to remove the trays when you need to, like for eating and brushing your teeth. That makes them ideal for people who have some issues with keeping their teeth clean as it will be much simpler with the clear aligners.

Kids may be given a couple of other devices to help with their treatment. A palate expander is used to help widen the upper jaw so the teeth are less crowded. It’s rare but sometimes this is all that is needed to correct a bite issue. Something used less often than it used to be is headgear. This affixes to little tubes that are on the upper part of one of the back brackets and it is used to help with major bite issues.

Some other appliances that your orthodontist might recommend include a fixed space maintainer that helps hold the space between teeth open if your child loses their baby tooth before the adult tooth is ready to grow in. Jaw issues might be treated by a splint that helps hold the jaw in a certain position before moving it slowly to a new position to help with TMJ issues.

Then, when you get your braces off, you will likely be given a retainer to help make sure that your great smile stays perfectly lined up.

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How to choose an orthodontist close by

Look for an office that is inviting and makes you feel at ease when you walk in. This is particularly true if you have kids – the office should keep kids calm and help allay their fears about going to the dentist and orthodontist.

Everyone who works in the office should be friendly, helpful, and accessible. While you can always reach an orthodontist office by phone, now there are more modern ways like Facebook, and some orthodontists even offer Skype as a way to go over a question or concern you might have. That could mean saving a trip into the office if you can get your question answered right away.

You might not think that there is a need to scrutinize your orthodontist’s office that closely, but remember that for several months you will be visiting the office every four to six weeks. Most orthodontic treatments last anywhere from 12 to 36 months, with most running almost exactly two years – that’s a lot of visits!

One place to look for reviews is Yelp. If you turn on location settings on your computer or phone and you search for “orthodontist close by”, it will pull together all of the orthodontists in a small radius around you and give you ratings as well as reviews so you can compare quickly.

Ways to pay for an orthodontist close to me

It can be a bit of a scary time to hear that your child needs to have braces. Braces can run several thousand dollars, and if you look at it in one big lump sum, it can be intimidating. Most orthodontist close by offices will find ways to help reduce the cost of braces (i.e. metal over ceramic) and work out a payment plan for you. When you break out the amount into equal payments, things get a lot more manageable.

Your orthodontist’s office will be happy to go over the costs of each type of treatment with you as well as what will be the best for your particular needs. It might even be possible to get a shorter treatment time if you are able to get your kids in to the orthodontist while they are young. Because adults have jawbones that are set, their costs can be 4% higher as compared to the same treatment for a child, including traditional braces.

At the initial consultation, you can ask about how much your treatment will cost and if you feel like the costs are not reasonable, you can go to another orthodontist close to me to get a second opinion.

Many orthodontists who stay up to date on current techniques will learn new ways to take care of your teeth that don’t involve invasive surgery or other more expensive methods.

Dental insurance plans often include some type of coverage for teens and children, sometimes up to 50% of the total amount, up to age 18. Check with your plan provider to see what kind of coverage you might have. There are also HSA and FSA accounts that can be accessed to pay for braces or to pay the part not covered by dental or orthodontic insurance. Coverage will vary depending on your plan, so again, your plan provider or the benefits manager at your workplace can help explain what options you have, and the office at your orthodontist will also be happy to assist.

Ask if your orthodontist will accept Medicaid if you qualify for orthodontic treatments. Many Medicaid and CHIP plans will cover the full cost of medically necessary braces for kids and teens.

You can check with the folks in the office about Care Credit. It works much like a credit card does but it is only for medical and dental bills. You can use it to help spread out the payments for your child’s braces – or yours –whoever the orthodontic patients are.

There are also savings plans at qualified orthodontists wherein you purchase a savings plan and then present the card at each appointment to save as much as 60% off each visit.

And then there are regular credit cards that most providers will accept, like Visa and MasterCard. Or, some providers will give you a discount if you pay cash.

In summary

Let that beautiful smile of yours be seen by the world! Your smile tells the world so much about you, and it can really help your self-confidence. And, if your child has properly aligned teeth, it can make all the difference when they learn how to speak. Dental problems don’t have to be a barrier to your health any more. It might sound like hyperbole, but orthodontia really is all about changing lives for the better.

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