Stacy Wolf Orthodontics Answers Your Common Orthodontic Questions
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Answers to Common Questions About Orthodontics
It’s important to choose the right orthodontist in Bayside to help you achieve the smile of your dreams.
Orthodontists are dental specialists who diagnose, prevent and treat dental and facial irregularities.
They receive an additional two to three years of specialized education beyond dental school to learn how to align and straighten teeth.
Only those with this formal education may call themselves “orthodontists,” and only orthodontists may be members of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO).
Dr. Wolf from Stacy Wolf Orthodontics has achieved this specialization and is an active member of AAO.
There’s no one more qualified to give you the smile of your dreams than an orthodontist. Aligners that some in the mail can’t match the care and precision of an expert.
The American Association of Orthodontists and Dr. Wolf recommends an orthodontic screening at age seven. By this age, most Bayside children have several permanent teeth that have erupted, letting us evaluate their orthodontic needs.
By this age, Dr. Wolf can spot subtle jaw growth problems and emerging teeth while some baby teeth are still present.
Some orthodontic problems may be easier to correct if found early, so early exams at Stacy Wolf Orthodontics are important.
Most orthodontic patients at our Bayside office begin active braces treatment between ages 9 and 14.
Orthodontic treatment can be successful at almost any age. In fact, about one in every four orthodontic patients today is over age 18.
Thanks to today’s smaller, less visible and more comfortable orthodontic appliances, including metal braces, ceramic braces, and Invisalign, adults find treatment appealing.
Patients who need orthodontic treatment generally have one to three years of active treatment.
This can be determined through a free consultation at our Bayside office.
The cost of orthodontic treatment depends on many factors, including the severity of the problem, how complex the problem is, and how long treatment lasts.
Before your treatment begins, Dr. Wolf will be glad to discuss the cost of treatment and your financing options.
Thankfully, braces are more affordable today than ever. Our staff also works with insurance companies and offers payment plans that meet your family’s budget.
Most orthodontic problems are inherited. Examples of these genetic problems are crowding, spacing, protrusion, extra or missing teeth and some jaw growth problems.
Other oral problems are caused by thumb- or finger-sucking, dental disease, accidents, the early or late loss of baby teeth, or other causes.
Crooked and crowded teeth are hard to clean and maintain. A bad bite can also cause abnormal wear of tooth surfaces, difficulty in chewing and/or speaking, and excess stress on supporting bone and gum tissue.
Without treatment, many problems become worse and can require additional dental care later in life.
Orthodontic treatment is a partnership between you and Dr. Wolf.
Dr. Wolf provides custom-made fixed or removable appliances that use gentle pressure to move teeth into their proper positions.
Your job is to follow your orthodontist’s instructions, keep scheduled orthodontic appointments, and maintain excellent oral hygiene to get the best results.
You will also need to see your general dentist as recommended to continue your general dental care.
If you notice an unwanted change in your smile or bite, contact us for a free consultation.
You might need an orthodontic tune-up to regain proper alignment.
Not necessarily. Research suggests that wisdom teeth don’t always cause teeth to shift.
In most cases, wisdom teeth are removed for general dental health reasons rather than for orthodontic health. Your family dentist or Dr. Wolf can help determine whether your wisdom teeth need to be removed.
Dr. Wolf will recommend how long to continue wearing your retainers, whether they are removable (the kind you put in and take out) or fixed (bonded behind your teeth).
Wearing your retainers as prescribed is the best way to keep your teeth from moving after your orthodontic treatment.
There are many reasons teeth may move following orthodontic treatment. Teeth are not set in concrete; they’re in bone.
Because the bone around your teeth is continually changing (breaking down and rebuilding), your teeth may shift after your braces are removed.
Your teeth are more likely to remain where Dr. Wolf has placed them through braces treatment by wearing your retainers.
The small changes that happen after braces are removed because your teeth settle as you bite and chew.
More serious and unwanted changes are often caused by unpredictable factors like genetics or later-than-normal growth.
Movement is most common in lower front teeth. This is particularly true if the teeth were extremely crowded before treatment. Changes in tooth position are a lifelong and naturally occurring phenomenon.
The best way to keep your teeth from shifting is to wear your retainers as prescribed. If you notice movement after your braces are removed, please contact Stacy Wolf Orthodontics.
The fact is that throughout your lifetime, even though you have had orthodontic treatment, you can expect changes in tooth position.
Teeth can shift for many reasons. Such changes are different for everyone, and most of the time, they are hardly noticeable.
However, on occasion, changes can occur that are disappointing to both the patient and Dr. Wolf. Changes in tooth position are not a failure of your orthodontic treatment.
They are a natural process. We expect changes in our bodies as we grow older, and teeth are no exception.
To help control and limit these changes, retainers are prescribed after your braces are removed.