For many, visiting the orthodontist for the first time is a nerve-wracking experience. It is important to find an orthodontist in Staten Island that you can trust to take care of your smile as well as answer any questions you may have. To help you prepare for your first trip to the orthodontist, read some of the most frequently asked questions.
Q: What is the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist?
A: While orthodontist and dentist both focus on caring for your teeth and oral health, orthodontist go through 2-3 additional years of training and experience. Orthodontics is a specialty within dentistry and all orthodontist are dentist, but not all dentists are license orthodontists.
Orthodontists focus on helping patients improve their bite and the straightness of their teeth. Dentist specialize in taking care of your teeth, gums, jaw and nerves.
Q: What is the ideal age for orthodontic treatment?
A: While there is no ideal age for treatment, the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that all children get a check-up at the first sign of an orthodontic problem or by the age of seven, whichever comes first. Few patients need to start treatment that young, but there are some that could benefit from early intervention.
Q: Do braces hurt?
A: Braces are designed to shift your teeth, so your mouth might be feeling sore, especially after getting your braces tightened or adjusted. This discomfort should subside as you get used to the braces. Wax and over the counter pain medication can also help relieve this discomfort.
At Brooklyn Orthodontics, our orthodontist in Staten Island is ready to answer any questions you might have. Contact us today to set up an appointment with Dr. AlJanabi.