Most patients start orthodontic treatment in their early teen years or sometimes even earlier. It is important for parents to play an active role in their child’s health – including their orthodontic care. At Windermere Orthodontics, we are here to help prepare parents to make sure their child’s smile is on the right track.
Some patients can find orthodontic treatment intimidating before visiting the orthodontist. This is largely due to misinformation or lack of knowledge about how orthodontic treatment works. At Windermere Orthodontics, we take time to explain our treatment options to our patients in detail. This way they can make an informed decision without fear. Here’s a brief overview of how orthodontic treatment typically works:
The truth is that you don’t have to wait for your dentist to refer you to an orthodontist. It may seem unorthodox in the health care industry as the typical norm in many other scenarios is for a doctor to refer to a specialist. (We understand where the confusion comes from!) However, this is most certainly not the case when it comes to orthodontic treatment. Let’s dive deeper as to why!
In the world of orthodontics, a “bite” is used to describe the way your upper and lower teeth come together. A bad bite is also known as a “malocclusion” where the teeth do not adequately meet or do not meet at all. Bite problems are unique to each individual. However, there are a few bite problems that are common for children and adults. Here are a few bite problems as shared by the American Association of Orthodontists:
When it comes to orthodontics, you may have come across the terms “early treatment” or “two-phase treatment”. This is often needed for a child who has orthodontic problems but may not have all of their adult teeth. Two-phase treatment means that treatment is done at two separate stages. This is done to help take advantage of the predictable stages of dental development and physical growth of your child. At Windermere Orthodontics we’ve gathered some information from our friends at the American Association of Orthodontists to help parents understand more about two-phase orthodontic treatment.
Orthodontic treatment is commonly referred to as having “braces” or “straightening your teeth”. However, the truth is orthodontic treatment goes beyond that. At Windermere Orthodontics, we are here to help you achieve a healthy bite and smile through treatment. Service options include Early Treatment, Adolescent Treatment, Adult Treatment, Invisalign and Empo
Orthodontic treatment can positively change your life! Although its success will also depend on how well you take care of your teeth too. This includes good oral hygiene and healthy dietary choices. Many people do not realize that what they eat and drink has a direct effect on their oral health.
One of the most popular drinks, no matter where you go is soda. From sports games to restaurants and parties – it is everywhere! Many people consume soda beverages without realizing the dangers it can cause to your oral health. Did you know that a regular 12-oz can of Coca Cola has 39 grams of sugar, equivalent to 9 1/3 teaspoons!
The sugar from these drinks creates a toxic acid in your mouth. This acid over time will wear down the enamel of your teeth and can lead to cavities. Another shocking fact is “diet” or “sugar-free” drinks still contain acid which can also harm your teeth over time. To avoid tooth decay and cavities, we suggest staying away from all sodas, energy drinks and sports drinks.
There are many orthodontic and dental terms used in an orthodontic office. You may have come across a few, including the term “an impacted tooth”. Wondering what this term means? At Windermere Orthodontics, we are here to help simplify and explain these terms to help our patients have a clear understanding of their treatment plan.
When it comes to orthodontic treatment, at Windermere Orthodontics you can think of us as your child’s smile partner. We are here to help support their orthodontic needs and look out for their oral and overall health. Often we are asked, “How will my child’s life change during orthodontic treatment?”. Treatment can involve different plans for each patient, but overall it should not significantly affect their day to day lives. Some minor changes should be implemented to keep their orthodontic treatment on track and their smiles healthy and strong!
It’s an exciting time of the year to set new goals and resolutions! Whether we aim to exercise regularly or eat healthier, we all want to bring about positive change into our lives. One important New Year’s resolution can be to assess your smile for orthodontic treatment!