Serving Gwinnett County Patients from Offices in Loganville & Lawrenceville
If you have crooked, misaligned, or uneven teeth, our orthodontic treatment in Lawrenceville and Loganville can improve the way your teeth look and work. This branch of dentistry focuses on moving and straightening your teeth for long-term dental health, function, and visual appeal. It also reduces wear and tear by spreading pressure evenly over your teeth when you bite, chew, or speak.
How Does Orthodontic Treatment Work at Koch Orthodontics?
Here’s a quick overview of the orthodontic care offered at Koch Orthodontics:
- We use different types of braces and removable appliances, such as aligners, for orthodontic treatment.
- Special appliances may be used to treat thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, and premature tooth loss in babies.
- Treatment methods depend on the severity of the problem as well as your lifestyle, age, and oral structure.
- The time required for treatment also depends on a variety of factors. It could take a few months or years.
Why Is Orthodontic Treatment Important?
If your teeth don’t fit together just right, it can lead to a wide range of other problems. Here’s what you might face:
- First, teeth that are crooked or have gaps between them are more difficult to clean. This raises the risk of tooth decay (cavities/caries), gum disease, and eventual tooth loss.
- The chewing muscles and joints in the mouth face extra pressure which can cause pain in the jaw, as well as headaches, shoulder pain, and neck pain.
- Finally, there’s your appearance to consider. Uneven and crooked teeth don’t look very appealing, and they can also affect the way your facial muscles develop over time.
Q:Why do I need orthodontic treatment?
A:Orthodontic treatment is crucial in treating concerns like misaligned jaws and teeth including overbites, underbites, and open bites; crowded, crooked, or protruding teeth; and large gaps between teeth.
Q:Is orthodontic treatment safe?
A: Orthodontic treatment is safe, given the extensive experience and knowledge of your orthodontist.
Q:What are the various orthodontic treatment?
A:The various types of orthodontic treatment include fixed braces, removable braces, functional appliances, and headgear.
Q:Up to what age can we take an orthodontic treatment?
A:There is no age limit for orthodontic treatment as long as your jaw bone is in good shape.
Q:How much does the treatment cost?
A:Orthodontic treatment generally costs between $3,000 to $7,000, depending on the type of treatment that is recommended by your orthodontist.
Q:How often will I have to come in for an appointment?
A:Appointments will be scheduled according to each patient’s needs. Most patients with braces will be required to see their orthodontist every 5 to 10 weeks. If there are certain situations that require frequent monitoring, you will be scheduled for appointments accordingly.
Q:Can I stop an orthodontic treatment midway?
A:If you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment, it’s a good idea to try to get to the end of your treatment, if possible. That’s the only way to get to perfect teeth.
Q:How long will it take for the extraction gap to be closed during orthodontic treatment?
A:As a general rule, the gap will close at a rate of 1 mm per month.
Q:How can I get an orthodontic treatment without metal braces?
A:Metal braces are an extremely effective way of straightening teeth. However, other orthodontic treatment options include ceramic braces, and clear aligners.
Q:Is it necessary to remove teeth for an orthodontic treatment?
A:In most cases, orthodontic treatment can be done without the removal of teeth. In other cases, there are compelling reasons to remove teeth for braces. In such cases, the pros and cons of such treatment options are considered by your orthodontist.
Q:Does orthodontic treatment help with a gummy smile?
A:Gummy smile can be solved with the help of orthodontic treatment depending on what has caused it.
Q:What orthodontic devices do you use during your orthodontic treatment?
A:The different types of orthodontic devices used are palatal expanders, facemasks, and headgear.
Q:Can an orthodontic treatment be done without tooth extraction?
A:If you already have sufficient space in terms of gaps, you won’t need an extraction. But if you do not have the space required, it will be created by extracting the least desired teeth.
Q:Can I receive orthodontic treatment if I have an implant?
A:Yes - while the implant won't move, we can shift the other teeth around it. If you are planning dental implants, it is usually best to complete orthodontic treatment before getting the implant.
Q:How can I recognize a potential bite problem?
A:Teeth that protrude, are crowded, or erupt out of position are clear indications that treatment is required.
Q:Do I still need to see my regular dentist while I’m getting orthodontic treatment?
A:Yes, you should still see your dentist for regular dental cleanings at least every 6 months during your orthodontic treatment."
Q:When is early orthodontic treatment needed?
A:Early orthodontic treatment works best for children with crowded, crooked or missing teeth. It helps in addressing the developing problem, eliminates the root cause, guides the growth of jaw bone, and makes adequate space for permanent teeth to erupt naturally.