Which are the most Frequently Asked questions about Orthodontics?
Dr. Pavlina Patarinska will answer.
What is an orthodontist?
This is a dentist who has graduated general dentistry and then graduated four years post-graduated training in orthodontics.
Are all braces the same?
With the Damon System, we don't just align teeth; we create beautiful smiles. Our treatment decisions are based on your individual smile, profile and other factors that will impact what you will look like in your 40s, 50s and beyond. The Damon System is designed to deliver results for a lifetime.
How long does treatment take?
Treatment with the Damon System is typically faster than conventional braces. As an added bonus, far fewer appointments are required during treatment.
When should my child be seen by an orthodontist?
The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that your child should be seen by an orthodontist by the age of 7. Some children will need to be seen at an earlier age and usually your dentist or family physician will guide you. Early detection does not always mean early treatment. We will usually follow your child as they grow and develop and guide you on the appropriate time to begin orthodontic treatment.
Will I need permanent teeth removed?
With new technology, like the Damon System, we can unravel even severe crowding without permanent tooth extractions. The light force wires combined with the Damon System allow so many more options. Tooth extractions in our office are based on facial features while taking into consideration the long-term affects of your face as you age.
Will I need a palatal expander?
We do not need to use rapid palatal expanders with the Damon System. We can widen your arch using braces and the light force wires that are used during your orthodontic treatment.We do use some light force expanders for early treatment if a young patient has a crossbite.
Does it hurt to get braces on?
No, they are bonded directly to your teeth. (No shots or drilling!) Most patients experience some discomfort the first 3-5 days after their braces are put on. You can minimize discomfort by using Ibuprophen or Paracetamol.
Do you tighten my braces and will that hurt?
No, you will have wire changes with the Damon System, We don't tighten your braces. Most patients experience some discomfort the first 1-2 days after an adjustment is made.