Answers to Common Questions About Orthodontics
They receive an additional two to three years of specialized education beyond dental school to learn the proper way to align and straighten teeth. Only those with this formal education may call themselves “orthodontists,” and only orthodontists may be members of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO).
Dr. Van Vliet from Van Vliet Orthodontics has achieved this specialization and is an active member in AAO.
By this age, Dr. Van Vliet can spot subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth while some baby teeth are still present. That’s important, because some orthodontic problems may be easier to correct if they’re found early. Most orthodontic patients begin active braces treatment between ages 9 and 14.
Thanks to today’s smaller, less visible and more comfortable orthodontic appliances, including metal braces, ceramic braces, and Invisalign, adults find treatment appealing.
This can be determined through a free consultation at our Highland, NY, or Ramsey, NJ office.
Dr. Van Vliet will be glad to discuss the cost of treatment and your financing options with you before treatment begins.
The good news is that braces are more affordable today than ever. Our staff also works with insurance companies and offers payment plans that meet your family’s budget.
Other oral problems are caused by thumb- or finger-sucking, dental disease, accidents, the early or late loss of baby teeth, or other causes.
Without treatment, many problems become worse and can require additional dental care later in life.
Your job is to follow Dr. Van Vliet's instructions, keep scheduled orthodontic appointments and maintaining excellent oral hygiene to get the best results.
You will also need to see your general dentist as recommended to continue your general dental care.
In most cases, wisdom teeth are removed for general dental health reasons rather than for orthodontic health. Your family dentist or Dr. Van Vliet can help determine whether or not your wisdom teeth need to be removed.
There are many reasons teeth may move following orthodontic treatment. Teeth are not set in concrete, they are in bone. Because bone around your teeth is continually changing (breaking down and rebuilding), your teeth may shift after your braces are removed.
By wearing your retainers, your teeth are more likely to remain where Dr. Van Vliet has placed them through braces treatment.
Movement is most common in lower front teeth. This is particularly true if the teeth were extremely crowded prior to treatment. Changes in tooth position are a lifelong and naturally occurring phenomenon.
The best way to keep your teeth from shifting is to wear your retainers as prescribed. If you notice movement after your braces are removed, please contact Van Vliet Orthodontics.
However, on occasion changes can occur that are disappointing to both the patient and Dr. Van Vliet. Changes in tooth position are not a failure of your orthodontic treatment. They are a natural process. We expect changes in our bodies as we grow older, and teeth are no exception.
To help control and limit these changes, retainers are prescribed after your braces are removed.
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19 Woodside Place
Highland, NY 12528
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