Answering Common Questions Asked At Myers Orthodontics In Knoxville, TN

What does an Orthodontist Do?

An orthodontist is a dental specialist who has gone through extensive training in dental school to prevent, diagnose, and treat problems with the position, alignment, or spacing of teeth, and other dental irregularities in the face and jaw. Dr. Myers uses a variety of treatments such as braces to correct these problems.

Why should I (or my loved ones) get orthodontic treatment?

Orthodontic treatment can benefit children and adults of all ages. It not only improves a smile aesthetically, but also in functionality. Having a proper bite and alignment allows for better function and cleaning, which in turn improves overall health. The cherry on top of a beautiful smile is that it can improve and define your facial features, influencing the way people see you as well as how you see yourself!

When should I (or my child) begin orthodontic treatment?

It’s never too late to start orthodontic treatment, but starting at an earlier age can make problems easier to treat. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children should come in for their first visit around the age of 7. At Myers Orthodontics, we provide recall exams (free of charge) for children who are on the fringe of being ready for treatment, so that we can keep a close eye on their incoming adult teeth.

How do I know if I have a potential bite problem?

When you have teeth that are protruding, twisted, crowded together, or erupting out of position, it is a clear sign that orthodontic treatment will be needed. However, there are less obvious signs that also indicate the chance of a bite problem such as:

  • Mouth breathing

  • Frequent headaches

  • Grinding or clenching of teeth in sleep

  • Speech difficulties

  • Thumb sucking beyond age 3-4

  • Jaws making sounds or shifting as they move

  • Teeth not meeting properly when the mouth is closed

Do braces hurt?

To answer perhaps one of the most common questions asked, having braces put on is generally painless. Some people experience minor aches and pains in the first days or so, adjusting to the new appliance; periodic adjustments may sometimes cause a short period of soreness as well, but no pain that over-the-counter pain relievers can’t handle.

How long will treatment take?

Treatment depends on each person. The active stage of treatment, when you’re wearing braces, can take anywhere from six to 30 months, and after that stage is over, you’ll wear a retainer for the next several months.

How often will I come in for an appointment?

Each treatment option is different and it depends on how often you will be monitored, but you’ll typically visit our office once every four to ten weeks.

Will I need to have any teeth extracted?

Extraction may be necessary if your teeth are severely crowded or if you have impacted teeth (teeth that are trapped beneath the gum line by other teeth). Each case is unique, but earlier treatment makes it more likely that you won’t have your teeth extracted.

What can I eat while wearing braces?

Braces will influence what you can and cannot eat, since some foods can get stuck in the braces or even break the wires and brackets. Generally, we encourage patients undergoing treatment to avoid hard and sticky foods. For a comprehensive list, read our Foods To Avoid page.

Will I still be able to play sports or a musical instrument?

Yes! You will be able to play sports with braces, but we do recommend wearing a mouthguard while playing sports, whether you have braces or not. There may be a short adjustment period after getting braces in regards to playing an instrument.

Do I still need to see my regular dentist every six months while getting orthodontic treatment?

We highly encourage you to continue to visit your local dentist to keep your teeth free of plaque and decay, especially during a sensitive period while wearing braces.

Will I wear a retainer when my braces come off?

Almost always, the answer will be yes. If you don’t wear a retainer, you risk the chance of your teeth shifting out of position, and all of the effort put into your treatment will be lost! Your retainer will make sure that your new, perfect smile stays the way it is.

Is orthodontic care worth it?

Absolutely! Not only is orthodontic treatment a way to improve your overall health and well-being, but it is also a long-term investment that can save you money in the long run by fixing defects that can potentially turn into very expensive problems later in life. At Myers Orthodontics, we provide many financial options for payment and insurance.

Contact Your Fountain City & Bearden Orthodontist in Tennessee Today!

It is great that you are further researching your options when it comes to orthodontic treatments. We encourage any and all people in the North Knoxville, West Knoxville, and the Knoxville area who are considering treatment to contact us with any further questions. You can easily request a complimentary consultation or give us a call at (865) 687-6560. Dr. Myers and his professional staff look forward to meeting you and helping you obtain a healthier and more beautiful smile!