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Understanding the world of orthodontics can be difficult, but our experienced practice is here to guide you throughout this process. Let Lippitz Orthodontics, one of the best orthodontists in Chicago, answer some of your pressing questions.

What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that specializes in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial irregularities.

How does orthodontic treatment work?

Braces work by applying steady, continuous pressure to gradually move teeth in a specific direction. The two primary components of braces are the brackets that are cemented to your teeth and the archwire that connects each bracket. As the archwire applies pressure to the brackets, your teeth slowly move to their new positions.

What age should my child be seen by an orthodontist?

The American Association of Orthodontists suggests that your child be assessed by age 7. When it comes to orthodontic problems, early detection is important. By taking early corrective action, increasingly difficult treatment later on can be avoided.

Can you be too old for orthodontic treatment?

No, it’s never too late to achieve a confident smile. As long as your gums and the bones that support your teeth are healthy, you’re eligible for orthodontic treatment. Adults can benefit from orthodontic treatment at any age. In fact, about 45% of our orthodontic family are adults.

Do braces hurt?

The actual placement of bands and brackets does not hurt. However, although orthodontic treatment has improved greatly over the years, braces will make your teeth sore for the first few days. This can be easily remedied with an over-the-counter pain reliever.

Will I still be able to play sports with braces? A musical instrument?

Yes, and yes! As for sports, it is highly recommended that patients wear a mouthguard while participating in any athletic activity. Additionally, braces don’t interfere with playing an instrument. While there may be an adjustment period, it by no means prevents you from playing.

How long does orthodontic treatment take?

Treatment times vary depending on the severity of the problem and how well the patient responds. Typically, treatment lasts somewhere between 15 and 36 months.

Should I see my general dentist while I have braces?

Absolutely. You should continue to see your dentist at least every six months for regular cleanings and dental checkups. For some, it’s even more important to see your dentist while receiving orthodontic treatment.

Any more questions? Just let us know! If you’re looking for one the best orthodontists in Chicago, look no further. Contact us today to schedule your first appointment.

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