Elm Tree Orthodontics Answers Common Questions
New to braces? Dr. Desai can help! Get answers to the most common orthodontic questions from people like you in Hamden.
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Braces Questions in Hamden
Patients who need orthodontic treatment generally have one to three years of active treatment.
This can be determined through a free consultation at our Hamden, CT office.
Selecting an orthodontist in Hamden, CT who can help you achieve your smile dreams is important. Orthodontists like Dr. Desai are dental specialists who diagnose, prevent and treat dental and facial irregularities.
Dr. Desai received an additional two to three years of specialized education beyond dental school to learn the proper way to align and straighten teeth. Only those (like Dr. Desai) with this formal education may call themselves “orthodontists,” and only orthodontists may be members of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO).
Dr. Desai at Elm Tree Orthodontics not only achieved this specialization, is an active member in AAO, but he also achieved board certification by the American Board of Orthodontists.
The American Association of Orthodontists and Dr. Desai recommend an orthodontic screening at age seven. By this age, most Hamden children have several permanent teeth that have erupted, letting us evaluate their orthodontic needs.
By this age, Dr. Desai can spot subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth while some baby teeth are still present. That’s important, because some orthodontic problems may be easier to correct if they’re found early. Most orthodontic patients begin active braces treatment between ages 9 and 14.
Orthodontic treatment at Elm Tree Orthodontics 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 Damon metal braces and clear aligners, adults around Hamden find treatment appealing.
The cost of orthodontic treatment at Elm Tree Orthodontics depends on many factors, including the severity of the problem, how complex the problem is, and how long treatment lasts.
Dr. Desai will be glad to discuss the cost of treatment and your financing options with you before treatment begins.
The good news is that braces are more affordable today than ever. Our Elm Tree Orthodontics team 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 at an orthodontic office like Elm Tree Orthodontics, many problems become worse and can require additional dental care later in life.
Orthodontic treatment is a partnership of you and Dr. Desai and patient. Dr. Desai provides custom-made fixed or removable appliances that use gentle pressure to move teeth into their proper positions.
Your job is to follow Dr. Desai’s instructions, keep scheduled orthodontic appointments and maintaining excellent oral hygiene to get the best results.
You will also need to see your Hamden-area dentist as recommended to continue your general dental care.
If you notice an unwanted change in your smile or bite, contact Elm Tree Orthodontics at (203) 281-1022 for more information. Dr. Desai may need to perform an orthodontic “tune up” to give you 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. Desai can help determine whether or not your wisdom teeth need to be removed.
Dr. Desai 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 at Elm Tree Orthodontics.
There are many reasons teeth may move following orthodontic treatment at Elm Tree Orthodontics. Teeth are not set in concrete, they are in bone. Because bone around your teeth is continually changing (breaking down and rebuilding), your teeth may shift after your braces are removed.
By wearing your retainers, your teeth are more likely to remain where Dr. Desai has placed them through braces treatment.
The small changes that happen after braces are removed are due to a settling in as you use your teeth for biting and chewing. The more serious and unwanted changes may be traced to genetics or later-than-normal growth, which is unpredictable.
Movement is most common in lower front teeth. This is particularly true if the teeth were extremely crowded prior to 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 Elm Tree Orthodontics.
The fact is that throughout your lifetime, even though you have had orthodontic treatment, you can expect changes in tooth position. Many factors at work may cause teeth to shift. 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. Desai. 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, Dr. Desaid will prescribe retainers after your braces are removed.
No. Retainers stabilize and preserve the alignment of teeth and jaws that your orthodontic treatment achieved at Elm Tree Orthodontics.
Many people wear removable retainers nightly for the rest of their lives. Ask your Dr. Desai for guidance about your long-term retainer use.