Orthodontic Treatment in Erie, PA

Orthodontist in Erie, PA Dr. Kevin Mahoney

Modern orthodontics involves the shifting of teeth and their roots which gives more support to the crown of the tooth. The American Dental Association advises parents to schedule an appointment with an orthodontist by age seven.

Benefits of Orthodontics

  • Protect your bite
  • Maximize your teeth's effectiveness
  • Create a well-aligned smile

Orthodontic treatment makes maintaining oral hygiene a much easier task for anyone. Whether you simply need braces or a full jaw repositioning, the experienced dental staff of Sleep Dentistry Erie will surely help improve your oral health and brighten your smile.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a dental specialty that focuses on the diagnosis, prevention, interception, and correction of malocclusion (the imperfect positioning of the teeth), along with neuromuscular and skeletal abnormalities.

What are braces?

Braces are meant to straighten and correct the alignment of your teeth that consist of brackets and wires. Some types of braces include:

  • Clear
  • Ceramic
  • Gold
  • Lingual (behind the Tooth)
  • Self-ligating
  • Metal
  • Invisalign (Braces Alternative)
Does getting braces hurt?

Getting braces usually includes minor aches and pains that occur when they are first put on, and when they are adjusted. These pains are known to only last a short amount of time and leave no lasting effect. If necessary, over-the-counter painkillers can be used to alleviate some of the pain.

Why should I get orthodontic treatment?

There are two main reasons to get orthodontic treatment, the first being aesthetic. Having an attractive smile can enhance your own self-image and also change the way people see you. The second being function. Getting orthodontic treatment can help your teeth develop better, and make them easier to clean, which can improve your overall health.

How often do I need to visit the orthodontist?

Usually, during treatment, patients are to visit every four to six weeks. This allows us to track the progress of your treatment and make any changes if necessary. After braces are removed, it is recommended that you visit your orthodontist every six months for a general check up on how your teeth have adjusted to the changes.

After my braces are removed, how should I care for my retainer?

Caring for your retainer after braces should become a regular activity for you. During meal times, keep your retainer in its protective case provided by your dentist. This will ensure it does not get lost or broken. After eating, brush your teeth thoroughly before putting the retainer back in. At the end of the day, it is important to clean your retainer. Cleaning it with toothpaste is not recommended, but brushing it gently with a toothbrush and antibacterial soap is. Never place your retainer in boiling water or a dishwasher to clean it.

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