1. When should a child start going to the orthodontist?
In most cases treatment is performed in a single phase, between 10 to 14 years old, depending on when their permanent teeth come in. However, some treatments must be carried out in two stages: the first, which is generally shorter, around 6 to 8 years old, addressed to prevent the development of a malocclusion that might otherwise be more complicated. And the second phase, when permanent canines and premolars have erupted, about 11 or 12 years old.
2. Treatment Time
This depends on each patient´s abnormality since treatments are unique and specific. The average treatment time when the problem is moderate and related to the alignment of the teeth lasts approximately 12 months. Those which include extractions normally take from 18 to 24 months, and in extreme cases treatment may last three to four years.
Many people have the general idea that orthodontic treatments are long and costly.
In orthodontic treatment we cannot speak of it being ¨expensive¨ but rather a necessary investment to enjoy a healthy smile for your entire life.
5. Can an orthodontic appliances cause cavities?
Cavities are not caused by braces but by bacteria deposited on the teeth that aren´t removed with oral hygiene techniques. With brackets, bacterial plaque grows around them and they act as a retainer. This is why teeth should be cleaned regularly with special brushes to prevent cavities and you should see a dentist every six months at least during orthodontic treatment.
6. Should I have special hygiene practices when undergoing treatment?
Hygiene is very important as it will prevent tooth decay problems.
7. Could my teeth go back to being misaligned again?
Yes, if you do not used the devices mentioned by the doctor´s prescription, there may be slight movement, but there are post-treatment controls to avoid any complications.
8. What metals are the arches made of?
They are made of steel or titanium so there is no rust or corrosion.