General Orthodontic Questions

If you are new to orthodontics as a whole, you probably have many questions. On this page we offer our answers to the most commonly asked questions.

How do I know if my child is in need of orthodontic treatment?

It is usually difficult for you to determine if treatment is necessary because there are many problems that can occur even though the front teeth look straight. Also, there are some problems that look intimidating and complex which will resolve on their own. Asking your general dentist is good reference, but we are your best resource since orthodontics is all we do. We would be more than happy to see your child and make any recommendations necessary.

What are the early symptoms of orthodontic problems?

Although determining if treatment is necessary is difficult for you to assess, the following symptoms may help in prompting you to seek our orthodontic advice.

Ask your child to open their mouth and let you look at their teeth. If you see any signs of crooked teeth, gaps between your child's teeth or overlapping teeth, your child may need orthodontic treatment.

Ask your child to bite all the way down, but keep their lips open so you can see their teeth. Do the front top teeth line up with the bottom? Do the top teeth protrude out away from the bottom teeth? Do the top front teeth cover more than 50% of the bottom teeth? Are the top teeth behind the bottom teeth? All these are indicators for potential orthodontic treatment.

Look at the alignment of your child's jaw. Does the jaw shift off centre when your child bites down? If you see any misalignment or shifting of the jaw, your child may have a skeletal problem, which requires early orthodontic intervention.

These are only some of the obvious symptoms of orthodontic problems.

What age should my child be seen by an orthodontist?

It is a good idea to consult your orthodontist when your child is approximately 8 years of age. Even if no treatment is started at this early stage, we can ensure that treatment is planned at the appropriate time for each person, dependent on their specific needs.

Can you be too old for braces?

No, age is not a factor, only the health of your gums and bones which support your teeth. About 25% of our orthodontic patients are adults and that number is still growing!

Will it hurt?

Orthodontic treatment has improved dramatically. As a rule, braces make your teeth sore for a few days, but it is not painful. This annoyance can be relieved with an over-the-counter pain reliever. Today's braces are smaller, more comfortable and use technology that reduces the discomfort. We use the latest in miniature braces and the highest quality of orthodontic materials in order to reduce discomfort and treatment time.

CAN I STILL HAVE BRACES IF I HAVE MISSING TEETH?

Yes. When teeth are missing, adjacent teeth will drift into the empty space. This will cause a functional, esthetic or periodontal problem. Orthodontic treatment will correct and prevent these problems and will also provide proper alignment for your dentist to replace the missing teeth.

Ask Us about Orthodontic Treatments
These questions are examples of some of the most common questions we get, but no doubt you have more!
Feel free to send us a message on the form below or give our office a call if you need clarification. Typically, every case is unique, so we will do our best to contact you and get answers to your particularly situation.

Dr Keith S King BSc DMD MSc FRCD(C)

2-1036 7 ST SW

Medicine Hat, AB T1A 8V7

Phone: 403-526-8900

Fax: 403-528-8903

Email: Info@drkeithking.com

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