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Who Is An Orthodontist?
An Orthodontist is a dentist who has completed an American Dental Association accredited graduate program in the specialty of orthodontics.** An orthodontist can diagnose and treat dental abnormalities, jaw/bite problems and straighten your teeth with the use of braces and orthodontic appliances.
What Is A Board Certified Orthodontist?
A dentist who graduates from a specialty program becomes an orthodontic specialist is eligible to become board certified through the voluntary examination process of The American Board of Orthodontics (ABO). Involvement in the certification process is a demonstration of the orthodontist’s pursuit of continued proficiency and excellence.
The certification process involves a thorough Written Examination covering all areas of information on which an orthodontist should be knowledgeable. Successful passage allows the orthodontist to present treated cases which will be evaluated by expert examiners of the Board during a Clinical Examination. Certification is now awarded for a time-limited period and the orthodontist must re-examine on a periodic basis to retain the board certified status. Orthodontic specialists who are current Diplomates of The American Board of Orthodontics can be found at Find an ABO Diplomate.**
Whats The Best Age To Visit The Orthodontist?
You can visit the orthodontist at any age! For children, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that parents make an appointment for an initial consultation around seven years of age. At that time the doctor can evaluate the child to determine if treatment is necessary. Early intervention can lessen overall treatment time. Adults can be seen by an orthodontist at any time. In fact, 1 in every 5 patients at King Orthodontics are over 21.
While In Treatment, How Can I Take Care Of My Teeth?
First, you should ALWAYS brush your teeth after each and every meal. You should also floss at least once a day.
Here are more tips to help you take care of your teeth and braces:
- Use toothpaste containing fluoride. You can also get a fluoride rinse from your orthodontist or family dentist to help prevent cavities!
- If you take your retainer out to eat, always put it in a safe place so it doesn’t get lost.
- You should clean your retainer by gently brushing it with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Don’t ever put it in boiling water or run it through the dishwasher.
- It’s important to avoid foods that are sugary. They increase the bacteria in your mouth and cause more plaque to develop on your teeth, opening the door for cavities.
- Avoid sticky and chewy foods like chewing gum, Skittles, gummy fruit snacks, hard foods like chips, hard bread, hard candies, ice cubes or nuts, or any food that could become stuck in your braces, such as corn on the cob or taffy.
- Keep going to your family dentist every six months for a checkup and cleanings.
What Are Braces? Why Do I Need Them?
Braces straighten and correctly position your teeth to give you a great smile. Braces consist of brackets and wires that are placed on There are many types of braces to choose from, including:
- Lingual (Behind The Tooth)
How Often Do I Brush My Teeth Since I Have Braces?
It’s best to brush at least three times a day. That will help to keep your teeth, mouth, and gums healthy and clean. It also helps to remove food that becomes caught in your braces. Flossing daily is necessary to get to places where your brush can’t reach.
I Go To Orthodontist Appointments Every Month.
Do I Still Need To See My Family Dentist Every Six Months?
Yes! It’s very important that patients receiving orthodontic care see their dentist regularly. Your teeth will need to be cleaned professionally when you have braces to ensure that there isn’t food stuck in them that cause bacteria to build up and cause cavities, gingivitis and gum disease.
Can I Still Participate In School Activities
Like Sports, Singing, Or Playing An Instrument?
There may be an adjustment period when you’re playing an instrument or a contact sport. However, wearing braces won’t stop you from participating in school or other activities. Ask your orthodontist about wearing a mouthguard to protect your braces.
How Do I Schedule An Appointment At King Orthodontics?
If you would like to learn more about your options for orthodontic treatment, call or email our practice for a complimentary consultation. We have convenient locations in Wexford, Pittsburgh, and Bridgeville. Our team will work with you to help find appointments that will fit your busy schedule.
*American Dental Association
**American Board of Orthodontics.