Frequently asked questions
The appropriate age is definitely not after the replacement of all primary teeth by their permanent successors, as it is often said. Since the prevention is the best treatment, the American Association of Orthodontists advocates that the first visit to the orthodontist should be at the age of 7, so as to determine the most suitable age for the beginning of orthodontic treatment. The timely diagnosis and treatment can reduce the possibility of extractions of permanent teeth in the future, the possibility of tooth fracture of protruded upper teeth, it can preserve the spaces in the dental arches for the permanent teeth, and can guide the eruption of permanent teeth in a more favorable position.
Absolutely none, everyone can benefit from orthodontic treatment. The only prerequisite is the existence of substantial quantity of bone, which can easily be ascertained by the orthodontist with a panoramic x-ray.
The number of orthodontic patients-children and adults-continuously increases worldwide, proving that the orthodontic treatment can be easily tolerated by patients of all ages. The only sensation that a new patient might experience is some soreness when teeth occlude lasting for approximately two days after the first visit.
A. Dental problems: mainly wrong tooth positions (commonly known as crowded teeth).
B. Skeletal problems: problems in the size or the relationship of the two jaws in all three spatial planes (transverse, sagittal, vertical).
C. Mixed problems: a combination of problems of the above two categories.
The cost of the orthodontic treatment depends on the complexity of the case, the duration of treatment and the material that the patient in collaboration with the orthodontist will choose for its realization (for example, metal, ceramic or lingual braces). The benefits of orthodontic treatment are so numerous (improvement of facial aesthetics, improvement of the ability for proper speech, mastication, oral hygiene), that they render it one of the best investments for overall health and quality of life.