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Orthodontic FAQs

What is the practice of orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a dental specialty. It involves the evaluation, diagnosis, and correction of bite problems, which are called malocclusion. A dentist who practices orthodontics is called an orthodontist, and this person specializes in correcting patients’ bites and straightening their teeth to create a healthy mouth.

What Kind of Jaw and Teeth Problems Can Be Corrected by Orthodontics?

Orthodontics can fix malocclusions including:
  • Over bite
  • Cross bite
  • Under bite
  • Openbite
  • Crowded teeth
  • Gapped teeth
  • Protrusion

What does it mean to be Board Certified in Orthodontics?

Board-certified Orthodontists must take an exam administered by the American Board of Orthodontics, which includes a comprehensive written exam. Then, if passed, a clinical examination is presented to Board members. If you are looking for a Board-Certified Orthodontist like Dr. Gutiérrez, they can be found at Find an ABO Diplomate.

When Should I Take My Child to Visit an Orthodontist?

Many parents make appointments for their children based on the recommendation of their general dentist. However, you should still bring your child to the orthodontist by the time they are seven. (You don’t need permission from your general dentist to do so.)

Can I Visit the Orthodontist Even Though I’m an Adult?

Yes, absolutely! Many of our adult patients are those who started orthodontic treatment as a teen but didn’t finish it. We also treat hundreds of adults who didn’t get braces as kids but would like to improve their smile and their bite now.

Why Does My Child Need Braces?

If your child has a problem with their bite or has spacing issues with their teeth, braces are required to adjust both. They will position your child’s teeth by using brackets and wires that will guide the teeth into place. Dr. Gutiérrez uses a variety of braces, including traditional metal braces, clear braces, Damon System, and Clear Correct.

Are There Other Choices To Straighten Teeth?

Yes, can use Invisalign Teen or Invisalign. They’re a series of clear plastic retainers that gently shift teeth into the correct position, and they’re nearly invisible.

How Do I Take Care of My Teeth While Wearing Braces?

Braces are permanently mounted to the teeth until your treatment is over. Therefore, you must take very good care of your gums, teeth, and mouth by brushing and flossing after every meal.

You have to avoid chewy, sticky foods like fruit snacks, licorice, and gum, as well as hard food like hard candy, nuts, and ice cubes.

If you are wearing a retainer after your braces have been removed, brush it after meals and be sure to keep it in a safe place while you eat.

While you’re received orthodontic treatment, be sure that you continue to see your general dentist every six months for cleanings and checkups.

Will My Braces Hurt?

When first put in your mouth, they may cause some gum and cheek irritation. Your orthodontist will show you how to use wax to help protect your mouth until you’ve had a few days to get used to your new braces. Besides this initial discomfort, braces are comfortable and made of better materials than they were decades ago.

Will I Still Be Able to Participate in My Regular Activities?

Yes, you will! If you play contact sports, you should ask your orthodontist about the benefits of wearing a mouthguard to protect both your teeth and your braces.

How Long Will I Wear Braces?

The length of treatment time depends on the person and the treatment plan suggested by your orthodontist. Usually, kids, teens, and adults will wear braces for a little less than two years—however, that’s average, so it could be bit less or more.

How Do I Make An Appointment?

Just call Dr. Gutiérrez’s office to set up an orthodontic consultation. He’ll be happy to talk to you and answer your questions on braces.

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