Q. Do braces leave “marks” on the teeth?
A. No. Braces, when properly applied, are sealed to the tooth's surface by an adhesive that is similar to the sealants used by your dentist to seal out cavities. Sometimes though, decalcification marks may be formed by inadequate brushing of teeth during orthodontic treatment. Dr. Prince provides a fluoride gel for home use that can help strengthen the tooth and prevent these problems.
Q. How long will it take to straighten my teeth?
A. As each case is different, so is the amount of time to complete treatment. For full comprehensive treatment of an adolescent or adult, the average is 24 months or less. During your consultation with Dr. Prince, he will do his best to estimate the time it would take to straighten your teeth.
Q. Are all orthodontists the same?
A. Some family dentists provide orthodontic treatment for their patients, but to be recognized by the American Dental Association as a Specialist in Orthodontics like Dr. Prince, one must complete additional formal training (usually 2 years past graduation from dental school). Dr. Prince is fully credentialed as a Specialist in Orthodontics.
Q. How do I know which treatment is the best?
A. There are so many treatment options when straightening teeth. Sometimes simple problems can be treated with a “retainer” type appliance. Clear aligners such as “Invisalign” are becoming more common. Most cases are treated with modern braces. The correct choice for one patient may not be the right one for you, but an orthodontist such as Dr. Prince has the specialized knowledge to identify and plan for all the variables in your mouth. He will do his best to understand your wishes and advise the right treatment option for you. Orthodontists have knowledge of the full range of orthodontic appliance “tools.” They know what to use and when to use it because they work with these tools every day.
Q. What are the newest trends in orthodontics?
A. Advancements in technology as they relate to orthodontics are common. Although not new, clear aligner trays are becoming popular as an alternative to braces. The use of easily placed temporary implants has changed the way some techniques are performed. The wires used to move teeth are more gentle and flexible which provide better patient comfort. Clear braces are becoming easier to use and more esthetically pleasing. There are so many advancements that Dr. Prince finds it very important to attend frequent meetings and seminars to keep him current with both trends and materials.