What is orthodontics?
Orthodontics (also referred to as dentofacial orthopedics) is a specialized form of dentistry focusing on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial abnormalities. From our Las Vegas, NV orthodontic office, we provide braces for children, teens, and adults using the highest quality of orthodontic treatments and materials.
What is an orthodontist?
An orthodontist, like Dr. Chamberlain, is a dental specialist who has received two to three years of additional training and experience. He completed his dental degree at the University of California at San Francisco and orthodontic training at the University of Connecticut. With this education, Dr. Chamberlain is able to straighten teeth, correct misaligned jaw structure, and improve the function of your smile.
Dr. Chamberlain is one of the most highly respected orthodontists in the Las Vegas, NV community. His concern for patient care and attention to detail is second to none!
What’s the best age to visit the orthodontist?
If you want to improve the look and feel of your smile, then any age can be a great age to see the orthodontist. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children first visit an orthodontist around the age of seven; however, orthodontic treatment is not exclusive to children and teens, with about one in every five orthodontic patients being over the age of 21. Whether you’re considering treatment for yourself or for a child, any time is a good time to visit the orthodontist.
What are braces?
Dr. Chamberlain uses braces to help improve the look and function of your smile. There are several different types of braces offered at Supersmile Orthodontics, including:
- Metal braces
- Clear braces
- Invisalign® clear aligners
- PhysioDynamic System, self ligating braces
What happens during the initial consultation appointment?
Exams at our Las Vegas orthodontic office are complimentary. Our treatment coordinator will invite you and your family into her office. If you’ve been referred by your general dentist, she will go over the reasons why your dentist suggested treatment. She will then go over your own smile concerns and goals.
We will most likely take a panoramic radiograph, a cephalometric radiograph, intraoral photographs, and an iTero® digital impression to assist Dr. Chamberlain with his diagnosis. He will also complete an in-depth exam with facial measurements. If treatment is required, he will recommend what course is best suited for your needs. Our treatment coordinator will go over the cost, related insurance benefits, and make a plan to take care of your financial responsibility over the estimated treatment time. You’ll then schedule an appointment to have your braces placed.
How much do braces cost?
The cost of braces will depend on your orthodontic needs and length of treatment. To make orthodontics affordable, we are a member of most major insurance companies and networks. If your insurance allows an orthodontic benefit, we are happy to take care of the claim process for you. We also offer several payment options, including in-office payment plans with no interest. What can be better than that?
If I get braces, how long do I have to wear them?
The amount of time spent in braces will vary depending on your individual needs, because every smile responds differently to treatment. Treatment time can take anywhere between six and 30 months, but most standard treatments take about 22 months.
Do braces hurt?
Braces do not often hurt though you may feel a small amount of discomfort for a couple days as your teeth, gums, cheeks, and mouth get used to your new braces.
How do I care for my teeth while I have braces?
With braces, you should brush your teeth at least three times a day to keep your teeth, gums, and mouth healthy and clean. Brushing regularly will help remove any food that may be caught between the braces. You should also floss daily to get in between your braces where your brush isn’t able to reach. Dr. Chamberlain or a member of our team can show you how to properly brush and floss once your braces are placed.
How can I take care of my teeth if I’m wearing braces or a retainer?
- ALWAYS remember to brush your teeth after every meal and floss at least once a day.
- Make sure to use toothpaste that contains fluoride, and ask Dr. Chamberlain or your family dentist if you need a fluoride rinse. This will help prevent cavities!
- If you take out your retainer to eat, make sure you brush your teeth, floss, and remember to keep it safe in its container so that it does not get lost or broken.
- Keep your retainer clean, too, by brushing it gently with a toothbrush and toothpaste. You may also soak it in denture cleaner as instructed by Dr. Chamberlain. Do not put your retainer in boiling water or in the dishwasher.
- During your treatment, try to avoid foods with a lot of sugar, which increases the amount of bacteria that grows in your mouth, causing more plaque and possibly cavities.
- Avoid sticky and chewy foods (caramel, chewing gum, gummy bears), hard foods (hard candy, nuts, ice cubes), or any foods that could possibly get stuck in your braces (corn on the cob, soft bagels, ribs, taffy, etc.).
- Be sure to schedule your routine checkups with your family dentist. It is recommended that you continue to visit the dentist every six months.
Will my braces interfere with my school activities like sports, playing an instrument, or singing?
Playing an instrument or a contact sport may require some adjustment when you first get your braces, but wearing braces will not stop you from participating in any of your school activities. If you play a contact sport, it is recommended that you wear a mouthguard to protect your braces or appliance.
How do I schedule an appointment?
Simply call our Las Vegas orthodontic practice! Our front desk staff will be happy to help schedule your next appointment at your convenience. If you are a new patient or have been referred to our practice, please let us know and we will provide you with all of the information you need.