The decision to have orthodontic treatment begins with a visit to the orthodontist. During this consultation, you’ll get a good idea of what kind of treatment you will need, how long it will take, and what your teeth will look like when treatment is complete.
Deciding on Orthodontic Treatment
Whether you’re an adolescent or an adult, your decision to undergo orthodontic treatment starts with a consultation. Your orthodontist will examine your teeth, take detailed digital photographs, and probably makes molds, as well. From these impressions, he’ll show you what your teeth look like now, the problems that exist, and what orthodontic approach will correct your issues. He can also give you an idea of what your teeth will look like after treatment is complete.
Whether you’re an adolescent or an adult, your decision to undergo orthodontic treatment starts with a consultation.
During this consultation, you can ask to see before and after pictures of previous patients. This will also help you get an idea of what your post-treatment smile will look like. It’s always a good idea to get a referral, so ask friends and family if they’ve had a particularly good experience with an orthodontist in your area.
Preparing for Orthodontic Treatment
Before your treatment begins, it’s a good idea to have your teeth checked for cavities, gum disease, or other problems. Because your teeth will be more vulnerable to decay while you’re in your braces, you should take care of any problems ahead of time.
In some cases, you might require some preliminary work to prepare your teeth and mouth for treatment. Sometimes called interceptive orthodontics, this type of treatment can reduce the amount of time you spend in braces or aligner trays. Interceptive treatment is particularly common for adolescents, and can include:
- Widening the palate
- Placing spacers
- Pulling teeth
These measures are designed to make additional room in the mouth before orthodontic treatment begins. Most dentists and orthodontists will avoid extractions unless absolutely necessary, using palate wideners to make additional room instead. Your orthodontist at Creekview Orthodontics might also choose to use a retainer or another method to shift teeth before braces are placed.