Common Questions About Orthodontics

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Choosing to align your smile can be a big decision for you and your oral health, which is why it’s normal to have questions. To help you find the answers to your questions, our San Diego Orthodontic Specialists orthodontic team is happy to provide the answers to the following frequently asked questions:

Question No. 1: When is it recommended to have an orthodontic evaluation?

Answer No. 1: According to the American Association of Orthodontists, it’s recommended to receive an orthodontic screening around age 7. This is because, at this age, the teeth and jaws are developed enough that Dr. David Li can determine if any serious bite or alignment issues will develop in the future.

Question No. 2: Why is it important to align your teeth at a young age?

Answer No. 2: It’s important to align your teeth at a young age because the jaw and facial muscles are still developing. This makes it easier to move the teeth into place. However, adults are more than welcome to align their smiles. The treatment will just be a little different compared to treatment for a child.

Question No. 3: What are the different types of braces?

Answer No. 3: There are many different types of braces you can choose from, including metal braces, clear aligners, ceramic braces, Damon braces, and more. Some of these appliances are more noticeable than the others while some are more expensive or have different treatment times. Feel free to call our office to see which treatment is right for you!

Question No. 4: Will treatment be painful?

Answer No. 4: There will be times when your teeth are sore from the pressure and from moving positions. This is completely normal. It might make chewing a bit difficult at times, but it should only last a few days. To treat the discomfort, you can take over-the-counter painkillers.

For more information and details about orthodontic treatment in San Diego, California, please feel free to call our office at 858-487-8900 and schedule an appointment with your orthodontist, Dr. David Li. We are happy to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to giving you the information you need so you can make the best decision for your oral health!