Orthodontics FAQs

Orthodontics FAQs

Orthodontics FAQs in Torrance, CA

Crooked and misaligned teeth can be a source of health problems as well as shame and embarrassment. Correcting these issues will improve both your self-confidence and the functioning of your teeth. The staff here at Dentist of Torrance will provide you with the best possible orthodontic treatment. This is a shortlist of answers to the questions most frequently asked by our patients. Do you have other questions? Call us and we’ll be happy to answer them!

What Type of Orthodontic Treatment Is Best for Me?

We can’t answer this question until we’ve seen you for a consultation in our dentist office in Torrance. The best type of braces for you depends on the specific issues with your teeth, how long it will take to treat them, your budget, and other factors. We’ll develop a customized treatment plan just for you during your consultation. The orthodontist will explain the recommendations and answer all your questions.

How Long Does Orthodontic Treatment Take?

The length of treatment depends on the issues being treated but generally ranges from 6 months to 2 years. The average length of treatment is 22 months.

What’s the Minimum Age for Orthodontic Treatment?

There is no set minimum age for beginning treatment, but most orthodontists won’t treat a child under seven. Most children start orthodontic work in the late tween or early teen years. If your child has a severe issue, treatment may be started sooner.

Can Adults Still Benefit From Orthodontics?

Of course! Straightening your teeth and correcting issues with your jaw will benefit you no matter how old you are. Orthodontics will improve both the function and the look of your teeth. A third of today’s orthodontics patients are adults. Treatment may take slightly longer than it does for younger patients but is just as effective.

How Often Will I Need To Visit the Orthodontist During Treatment?

Generally, you will need to see your provider every 6 to 8 weeks for check-ups and adjustments, but this may vary depending on the type of orthodontic equipment you have.

Can I Still Get Orthodontic Treatment if I’m Missing a Tooth?

You certainly can! Your treatment plan may need to be modified to save room for replacement teeth or to close the gap where the tooth is missing. Your provider will explain the necessary steps during your consultation.

Will I Qualify for Orthodontic Treatment if I Have Crowns or Other Dental Hardware?

Yes, you may still be able to have orthodontic work if you’ve already had other dental issues corrected and have crowns, bridges, or other hardware in your mouth. We use special bonding materials to adhere braces to crowns. Again, your treatment plan may need to be modified to account for these issues. Come into our Torrance dentist office for a consultation and we’ll develop a treatment plan tailored to your individual circumstances.

Will I Need To Adjust My Oral Hygiene Routine During Orthodontic Treatment?

You will need to be more careful with how you brush and floss during your treatment. Our staff will go over the guidelines with you. Follow them closely to ensure the best possible outcome. You also need to continue visiting your dentist for regular cleanings during your treatment.

Are There Any Foods I Can’t Eat During Orthodontic Treatment?

In general, you’ll need to avoid foods that are sticky, crunchy, hard, or chewy while you’re wearing braces. This list may vary depending on the type of braces used. In addition, you should reduce your sugar intake to limit the buildup of plaque around your braces. You’ll also need to avoid chewing on pens, your fingernails, and other hard objects such as ice. Any of these can damage your braces.

Does Orthodontic Treatment Hurt?

You shouldn’t experience any pain while wearing your braces. There may be some discomfort when they’re first applied or adjusted, and your teeth may be sore for a few days afterward, but after that, you should not experience any pain.

How Will My Tongue/Lip/Cheek Piercing Affect My Orthodontic Work?

Oral piercings in general are problematic due to the potential for the jewelry to harm your teeth and gums. The jewelry can crack or chip your teeth and cause abrasions to your gums that lead to periodontal problems. These issues are compounded with orthodontic treatment because the jewelry can also break or otherwise damage your braces. It’s best to avoid wearing oral piercing jewelry entirely, but especially during orthodontic work.

How Much Does Orthodontic Treatment Cost?

The cost of orthodontics varies tremendously based on which types of treatment you need, how long your treatment will take, and what portion your insurance will cover. After your consultation, our staff will go over the costs for your recommended treatment plan and discuss financial arrangements with you.

Are You Ready To Have Straighter Teeth?

Call Dentist of Torrance today at 310-651-7660 to schedule your orthodontics consultation!