Get Answers to Your Orthodontic Questions
While most people have had dental cleanings, cavities filled, and other dental services, not as many have undergone orthodontic treatment. So we know you may have some questions about it. At Smiles by Dr. W and Dr. R, we’re happy to answer your questions any time you’re in our Boca Raton, FL or Coral Springs, FL orthodontist office. Or contact us by calling (561) 483-0072 or using our online form.
In the meantime, we’ve answered below some of the questions we hear most often.
Q: Does It Matter If I Choose Metal Or Ceramic Braces? [FAQ]
In terms of effectiveness, there is no difference. The reason metal braces have been around for so long is because they work really well in properly aligning and positioning your jaw and teeth.
But thanks to advanced methods, you can know go through the same process to straighten teeth with wires and brackets without having to sacrifice your appearance.
Ceramic braces are clear and can even be matched with natural tooth color, so the biggest difference here is cosmetic.
A less noticeable orthodontic option has been especially great for adults because it’s given them an alternative to younger-looking treatment like metal braces so they can finally have the straight smile they’ve always wanted!
Q: I’m concerned about the length of my orthodontic treatment. Any way to make it go faster?
Yes! We offer a treatment called suresmile® in our Boca Raton, FL orthodontist office that reduces treatment time by about a third on average. Not only that, but you’ll have fewer wire changes during treatment. And independent studies have shown the end results are more precise than with traditional orthodontic treatment. The suresmile method achieves these results through a combination of robotics technology and nickel titanium wires that “remember” a shape.
We’ve treated more than 10,000 cases using this advanced technology. Dr. Peter Wohlgemuth was even invited to serve on the suresmile clinical advisory board.
Q: Can I straighten my teeth without wearing metal braces?
Yes! In addition to metal braces, we offer several options that straighten teeth without the usual silver wires and brackets. They are especially popular with adults and others who may have concerns about their appearance. Your choices include:
- Invisalign. You’ll wear a series of clear plastic aligners instead of braces. The average treatment time for adults is 12 months, which is months less than with conventional braces.
- Clear ceramic braces. This method uses wires and brackets like traditional braces, but they are tooth-colored, so they are far less noticeable when you smile.
- Lingual braces. We attach these braces to the back surface of your teeth, so no one will know they are there.
Q: When should I bring my child for their first orthodontic appointment?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends bringing your child to see an orthodontist like Dr. Peter Wohlgemuth or Dr. Ira Rothstein no later than age 7. Most kids have their first permanent molars and incisors by then, so we’ll evaluate them for crossbite, crowding, and other issues. Early intervention can prevent orthodontic problems from happening. In many cases we can shorten the length of future needed treatments, and we may even be able to avoid some treatments.