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Now that you know the answers to the questions provided in the previous post, we are happy to provide answers to additional questions that will help you further understand the world of orthodontics.

How do I know if I need orthodontic treatment?
There are many signs that mean you need orthodontic treatment, and some of those signs include crooked teeth, gaps between the teeth, and an improper bite. These are all serious problems that could lead to additional issues in the future, so it is important to get these problems treated with orthodontics.

How many different types of braces are available?
There are four different types of braces available today. Those options include traditional braces, ceramic braces, lingual braces, and clear aligners, like Invisalign® and ClearCorrect®. Traditional braces are generally the cheapest option and they involve metal brackets and wires that are glued to the front surfaces of your teeth. Ceramic braces involve tooth-colored brackets and wires that are glued to the front surfaces of your teeth. Lingual braces involve metal brackets and wires that are glued to the back of your teeth. Clear aligners are clear, plastic, smooth mouth guard-like appliances that fit over your teeth and are virtually invisible.

Can you be too old for orthodontic treatment?
The only thing that can prevent orthodontic treatment is the condition of your gums and jaw bones. If you have weak and fragile gums and jaw bones, orthodontic treatment is not the best route to take. But, if you have strong, successful, and sturdy gums and bones, nothing can stop you from aligning your teeth—not even your age!

At what age should a child first visit the orthodontic office?
You can bring your child into our office by the time they are 7 years old. Doing so will help you know if your child will need orthodontic treatment now or in the future. If necessary, our orthodontist can provide early orthodontic treatment for your child to begin correcting their smile imperfections now!

We know you probably have additional questions that were not answered in this blog, so we invite you to call our office today and ask a member of our orthodontic team. If you are interested to know if you need orthodontic treatment, we invite you to schedule an appointment with our orthodontist. We are happy to meet with you, examine your smile, and let you know if orthodontic treatment is the best solution for you!