Orthodontic treatment can help you feel more confident about your smile, but it can also be a daunting decision to make. Any decision that can result in a large investment of time and money can seem overwhelming. An orthodontic decision may come with anxiety over the treatment itself. The best way to combat overwhelming decision anxiety is to feel knowledgeable about all possible options. The more you know, the more you will feel equipped to confidently decide. We have compiled some of the most frequently asked questions made by someone considering orthodontic treatment:
What Is The Best Age To Visit An Orthodontist?
The American Association of Orthodontics recommends an initial consultation at seven years of age. Early evaluation can allow for early treatment, which may curb more extensive treatments at older age. Orthodontic treatment is appropriate for patients of any age.
Is It Too Late For Orthodontic Treatment?
It is never too late for orthodontic treatment. There is a limited number of specialized treatments that must be done while the jaw bone is still growing.
What Are Signs That I May Need Orthodontic Treatment?
If you are unhappy with crooked teeth, an orthodontist may be able to help. More importantly, problems with your bite and alignment can be corrected. Problems with your bite usually have symptoms such as, popping noises in the jaw, teeth that do not align correctly, frequent headaches, or ear infections.
What If I Decide Not To Get Treatment?
Not only do crooked teeth affect the appearance of your smile, but crooked teeth can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. The risk for decay and gum disease becomes higher because the misaligned teeth allow for hiding places for bacteria to hide. The risk for TMJ disorder increases with a bite that is not properly aligned.
Lake Country Orthodontics is ready to answer any questions you may have.
You should feel confident and informed when you are making an orthodontic decision. To schedule a consultation call Lake Country Orthodontics at (817) 236-7846. Located in Ft. Worth, TX, our office proudly serves patients who live in White Settlement, North Ft. Worth, Springtown, Rome, Haslet, Azle, Saginaw, and all surrounding communities.