Orthodontic treatment is a bit of a mystery, but our orthodontic FAQ helps you understand your treatments. . At Lineberger Orthodontics, Dr. Matt Lineberger, Dr. Megan Lineberger, Dr. Claire Fedore and Dr. Bhaven Sayania, offer orthodontics for children, teenagers and adults in Charlotte, Elizabeth, Huntersville and surrounding communities in North Carolina.
What is the Difference Between an Orthodontist and a Dentist?
A dentist is like your primary care physician. This is the individual you see on a regular basis to make sure your teeth and gums are healthy. During the exam, your dentist may notice some abnormalities with your teeth and jaw that require a referral to an orthodontist. The orthodontist works with you to develop a plan for correcting the issues first found by the dentist.
When Should I Get Orthodontic Treatment?
Orthodontic treatment is not so much age-specific as it is case-specific. In other words, you should receive orthodontic treatment when your dentist makes the referral.
Why Does My Child Need Orthodontic Treatment Before the Permanent Teeth Come In?
Many problems begin before the baby teeth fall out and are replaced with adult teeth. Early treatment can reduce the amount of orthodontic treatment your child needs in the teen years. Early treatment also helps with speech development.
What is “Phase I” and Phase II” Treatment?
“Phase I” and “Phase II’ refers to a staged treatment for children. Our orthodontists may recommend this approach when your child needs treatment for tooth and jaw development followed by secondary treatments as a teenager.
Are Braces the Only Type of Orthodontic Treatment?
No. We use many different types of orthodontic appliances to correct problems with the teeth and jaw.
Why Do I Have to Wear Braces for So Long?
Moving your teeth is a slow and gradual process. The tension administered with the braces and other devices changes the bone. As each tooth moves, it stimulates your bone to reshape the bone, thus moving your teeth.
What Do I Do If My Braces are Hurting My Cheeks and Lips?
You can use dental wax to cover the area being rubbed. Also read our emergency info to learn how to manage any damage to your braces.
If you have questions other than what is included in our orthodontic FAQ, feel free to call us! Lineberger Orthodontics offers orthodontics for kids, teens and adults in Charlotte, Elizabeth, Huntersville and surrounding communities in North Carolina. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.