Get Your Questions Answered by an Orthodontist
Getting braces shouldn’t be confusing. We can help make it easier by answering your most burning questions.
Are you considering getting braces but aren’t sure you are ready to take the plunge? We completely understand. It can be difficult to make the commitment if you aren’t sure what you are getting into. But our Fall River, MA, dentist, Dr. Suhair Shamoon, is about to take the guesswork out of it by answering some of your most popular questions.
Q. What are the benefits of orthodontics?
A. As you may be able to guess, having teeth that overlap or are crooked can make it more difficult to properly clean. Even the very best brushers and flossers may miss spots, which can increase your chances of decay and gum disease. Furthermore, braces can also improve your bite, which can take pressure off certain teeth to prevent damage.
Q. Am I too old for braces?
A. We never put an age limit on our patients when it comes to whether they can get braces or not. While children and teens tend to be our biggest demographic, we are also finding that more and more adults are getting braces later in life. It’s never too late to talk to our Fall River general dentist about braces.
Q. Can crooked teeth correct themselves?
A. Unfortunately, this is rarely ever the case. Usually by the age of six or seven, when the first set of permanent molars have grown in, there is even less room for teeth. This can lead to crowding and other issues that will often worsen if left untreated.
Q. I’m an adult. Is there a subtle way to straighten my teeth?
A. In fact, there is! While you’ve probably already heard of Invisalign, we are so happy to offer it to our teens and adults who don’t want to stress about wearing metal braces on their teeth. These clear, custom-fitted aligners fit completely around your teeth to shift them into place and they are accommodating to your lifestyle.
Q. Do braces hurt?
A. Braces don’t typically hurt. Of course, when you first get them or if traditional braces need to be tightened, there can be some temporary discomfort. Sometimes metal wires can irritate tissue. In most cases, we can handle these minor discomforts with over-the-counter pain relievers and analgesics.
Q. How long does orthodontic treatment last?
A. There are many factors that play into the length of your treatment. One major factor is the severity of your symptoms. For adults, Invisalign treatment usually takes about one year (often longer for teens). For traditional braces, the length of treatment can last anywhere from 12 to 30 months (and an average of 20 to 22 months).
Q. Will I need to wear a retainer?
A. Even once your braces are off, we want to make sure that your teeth don’t shift right back into their original place. To do this, you will need to wear retainers for a certain amount of time. Over time, you will only have to wear them when you go to bed. This will help to maintain your new beautifully aligned smile.
Dentistry With A Smile in Fall River, MA, prides itself on providing the very best dental care and treatments possible so that you have a smile you are proud of.