Common Orthodontic Corrections in Adults & Children.
Orthodontics is the specialty of dentistry focused on the diagnosis and treatment of dental and associated facial irregularities. The results of orthodontic treatment can be dramatic – beautiful smiles, improved dental health and an enhanced quality of life for people of all ages. Orthodontic problems, which can result from genetic and environmental factors, must be diagnosed before treatment begins. The diagnosis is made based on photographs, X-rays and dental impressions and the examination by the orthodontist to make an informed decision about the necessary treatment.
Typically, treatment last from six to thirty months, depending on the age and the severity of the problem. Outstanding results depend upon maximizing the coordination of care between you and your orthodontist. Because orthodontic treatment takes place over time, it is important to develop a working relationship between the patients and the practice. Dr. Coccaro is particularly aware of the complexities of scheduling and the office staff works hard to provide convenient arrangements for our patients.
Why go to an orthodontic specialist?
The treatment of orthodontic issues varies with each patient. It is critical that treatment begins with an accurate and comprehensive diagnosis. The orthodontic specialist has been trained in the use of all current appliances and therapies and can judge which treatment or combination of treatments will bring the desired result.
Can you be too old for braces?
There's no age limit for getting braces. The health of your gums and bone, which support your teeth, is the only factor. Adult orthodontics continues to grow in popularity. We design treatment to accommodate professional and social concerns for our adult patients. Clear braces and Invisalign treatment provide nearly invisible treatment. Dr. Coccaro has treated on-camera TV personalities and the braces have gone undetected. We work with you to arrange appointments around your schedule, and accommodate patients with heavy travel schedules.
Will it hurt?
Orthodontic treatment has improved dramatically over time. After getting braces, patients may have some discomfort for a day or two because there is a new force moving teeth, but our patients do not say their braces are painful. Today’s braces are smaller, more comfortable and use technology that reduces the discomfort. Miniature braces and state-of-the-art orthodontic materials reduce both the discomfort and treatment time.
What if I have missing teeth?
If you are missing teeth, your adjacent teeth will naturally drift into the empty space. This will cause a functional, aesthetic and/or periodontal problem. Orthodontic treatment will correct or prevent these problems, and provide proper tooth alignment so that your dentist can replace the missing teeth. The result is improvement in the health of the teeth and mouth, as well as in appearance. Properly aligned teeth provide a beautiful smile, aligned bite for best function, and a more youthful appearance. Time without treatment can worsen conditions.
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