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Orthodontic FAQ

WHAT IS ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT?

Orthodontic treatment, commonly referred to as the “straightening of teeth”, is the moving of teeth that may be improperly placed teeth into the correct positions intended by nature.
There are many causes for misaligned teeth (malocclusion). Malocclusion may be due to the overcrowding of teeth, premature loss of a teeth, lip and tongue habits, birth developments and/or accidents.
Orthodontic treatment focuses on the straightening of teeth and is not a substitute for general dental care. Regular preventative dental care is very important during orthodontic treatment.

WHAT KIND OF BRACES DO I NEED?

Braces are custom-made orthodontic appliances. The type of braces you need will depend on the diagnosis, lifestyle and preferences of the patient being treated. Braces may be "removable" or "fixed" (temporarily cemented in place). They may be made of stainless steel, plastic or both.
All appliances will create gentle pressure and cause teeth to move into their proper positions. Under this pressure the body builds up new tissue to support the improved position of the teeth.
Please visit types of braces to learn more about the different appliances that are offered in Dr. McGill's office.


HOW CAN I TELL IF I NEED ORTHODONTICS?

Dr. McGill and his staff will be able to evaluate you and guide you in your decision to undergo orthodontic treatment.

You may need orthodontics if:

Your teeth are crowded; do not fit together when your mouth is closed, unevenly spaced or protruding.
You breathe through your mouth or if your lips do not come together normally
Your teeth do not fit together when your mouth is closed
Your lower teeth bite outside the upper teeth
Your front teeth do not chew if lips
You have too much space between teeth.

WHAT CAN ORTHODONTICS DO FOR YOU?

Orthodontic treatment helps you to put your best face forward by providing you with a healthy and beautiful smile.

While improving appearances is one aim of orthodontics treatment, the primary goal is to promote good oral health by correcting malaligned teeth. Crowded teeth tend to have more cavities because they are food traps and harder to keep clean. Spaces between teeth, overbite or underbite can cause poor digestion by not properly breaking down food.

Also, orthodontic treatment helps to promote proper chewing and good digestion. Orthodontic treatment leads to improved dental health and improved nutrition.  Orthodontic treatment can relieve strain on gums and bones when teeth are not in proper position. When not treated, such strain may lead to gum disease and tooth loss. 

WHAT IS THE BEST AGE FOR TREATMENT?

Orthodontic treatment can be started at any age. However, starting treatment early in childhood may provide the best results and often requires less time and expense.

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the initial orthodontic evaluation occur by age 7. The first adult molars erupt into the mouth at or around 7 years of age. The first molars establish the back bite. When the first molars erupt, the orthodontist is able to evaluate front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships.

WHAT ABOUT TAKING OUT TEETH?

Most people who get braces will not need to have any of their teeth removed. However, in some instances, tooth removal is prescribed. If tooth extraction or other treatment is needed,  Dr. McGill will work with your dentist and other specialists to determine the best treatment course for you.

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Suite 200
Charlotte, NC 28216
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Fax: (704) 375-7030

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