Thank you for choosing Creed Orthodontics as your local Cypress, TX orthodontist. At our practice, our patients are our top priority. We strive to provide our patients with quality orthodontic care with state-of-the-art technology in a comfortable and friendly environment. Our team wants to help our patients in any way possible to get a better understanding of any questions they may have about the orthodontic process. Read below for some frequently asked questions from previous patients.
What is an orthodontist’s job?
An orthodontist is a dental specialist who treats patients with problems such as the alignment, position, or spacing of the teeth, as well as jaw irregularities. Orthodontists use various treatments such as braces, Invisalign, and others, to correct these issues and give you straight teeth and the smile you’ve always dreamed of.
When would I need orthodontic treatment?
There are many reasons why people need orthodontic treatment. The main two reasons, however, are for aesthetics and function. Having straight teeth and a beautiful smile enhances your self-image and your confidence, and this treatment also allows your teeth to function better keeping them healthy and clean.
There is also no age limit when to begin orthodontic treatment. However, beginning at an earlier age makes it easier for your teeth to shift and problems are easier to correct. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that a child needing orthodontic treatment should schedule their first visit at the age of 7.
How can I tell if I have a problem with my bite?
There are many common problems you could experience with your teeth and your bite. If your teeth are crowded together, protruding, or erupting in a different position, these are clear indications that treatment is necessary. However, there are less obvious signs that include mouth breathing, frequent biting of the cheek, speech difficulties, and early thumb sucking. If your jaw makes sounds or shift as they move, and if your teeth don’t place properly when you close your mouth, these are also signs of an orthodontic issue.
Do braces hurt? How long do I wear them for?
When braces are being put on, it generally causes no pain. Some people experience minor pains during the first couple days, but as the orthodontist adjusts the wires periodically, it sometimes causes soreness. Over the counter pain medications are a good way to relieve the pain.
The amount of time you wear braces differs from person to person. However, the general time length for treatment may be from 6-30 months.
Will I have to get any teeth removed?
We generally try to avoid extracting teeth, however if your teeth are extremely crowded or if they are impacted, extraction may be necessary. Early treatment for young patients can cause extraction to be unnecessary.
What am I allowed to eat?
You should avoid foods that could damage or be trapped in your braces or wires. These kinds of food include raw vegetables, caramel, ice cubes, taffy, and hard candy. Lean towards soft foods that are easy to chew. We will give you a list of foods to avoid.
Can I still play sports or my instrument?
Yes, of course. We recommend that you wear a mouth-guard while playing sports, and musicians can still play instruments!
Do I still have to go to the dentist?
Yes, going to the dentist is crucial during this period of treatment. Keeping your teeth free from plaque and bacteria is very important and can be difficult to maintain while wearing braces. Dentists can frequently and thoroughly clean your teeth to help keep your teeth healthy.
Will I have to wear a retainer when I get my braces off?
Yes. Wearing a retainer is very important to keep your teeth in place and maintain your beautiful new smile. Not wearing a retainer can cause your teeth to rapidly shift out of position.
How expensive is orthodontic treatment?
Orthodontic care can be expensive depending on which treatment option you choose. However, it is a long-term investment in your health and well-being. There are also various financing options that can make your treatment more affordable.