Frequently Asked Questions
Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that addresses prevention, management, and correction of faulty teeth and jaws, and misaligned bite patterns. Therefore, an orthodontist will address abnormalities such as these surrounding the alignment of the teeth. The primary goal for an orthodontists’ treatment deals with improving the aesthetics of the face and providing a more comfortable bite for the patient. The orthodontist usually achieves these goals with braces or clear aligners, such as Invisalign.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children visit an orthodontist no later than age 7. At that age, Dr. Singh will be able to recognize dental and skeletal problems (orthodontic malocclusions) to determine if early intervention will be beneficial.
Everything begins with a Consultation! Give our office a call at (734)-397-6999 or send us an email at [email protected] to schedule a complimentary consultation appointment. At this appointment, we do our initial records and a thorough exam for diagnosis as well as fabricate a treatment plan that best suits your needs.
Yes! On the contrary to existing misconceptions, orthodontic treatment is not reserved only for kids. Adults can enjoy the benefit of orthodontic treatment too. Dr. Singh can treat you with either braces or Invisalign to get you started down the road towards a beautiful smile.
The patient will be brought into a private consultation room where we will take records for Dr. Singh to evaluate. Dr. Singh will greet the patient and perform a thorough examination to gather information and observe any problems that may need correcting. Both Dr. Singh and our treatment coordinator will thoroughly explain all exam findings as well as provide a detailed financial plan for the patient, best suiting your needs.
Braces are the devices used by an orthodontist to correct a smile, bite or jaw alignment issue. At Advanced Orthodontics we offer a variety of braces types.
- Traditional braces: Standard metal brackets placed on the teeth with adhesive and connected by a wire. Traditional braces require periodic tightening every 4-6 weeks.
- Damon braces: Damon braces involve a self-ligating method of correcting malocclusions. This means that Damon braces do not require ties in order to hold wires in place. Damon braces are suggested by Dr. Singh when she believes using them has the potential to save the patient from undergoing oral surgery to have teeth extracted. Damon braces assist in expansion appliances and can serve to correct teeth before surgery would be necessary.
- Ceramic braces: Ceramic braces accomplish the same result and will be applied exactly like traditional braces, however ceramic provides a clear bracket option. With ceramic braces, there will be no visible metal in the patient’s mouth as the brackets will instead be transparent.
Invisalign and other clear aligners like Spark straighten teeth without the use of metal. Invisalign and Spark involves a series of custom-made clear braces in the form of multiple trays. Most patients are candidates for Invisalign. Dr. Singh is a highly experienced Invisalign and Spark provider. Feel free to call our office at our number 734-397-6999 to schedule a complimentary consultation to have any further questions you have answered.
If you are currently seeing an orthodontist or have only stopped seeing your orthodontist within the last few months, we recommend asking their office about how to handle your retainer concerns. If you are a new patient transferring from out of state or have not yet received orthodontic care in several years, we are able to help! Give our office a call to discuss options for you at (734)-397-6999.
Ouch! We recommend a few at-home solutions to this problem. First, dab the bracket and surrounding area dry. Next, apply either:
- A small amount of wax
- A piece of chewing gum
- A pencil eraser backing
to the area of discomfort. This will provide the patient temporary relief until their next scheduled appointment. If the wire continues to cause pain or irritation, you can attempt clipping off the excess wire with a pair of nail clippers. Or give the orthodontic office a call to take care of an emergency.