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Common Questions

How do I know if orthodontic treatment is right for me?

There are numerous benefits to pursuing orthodontic treatment. Treatment may be recommended due to functional or esthetic reasons. Treatment may be recommended for patients who are facing the following dental conditions:

  • Gaps and noticeable spacing
  • Excessive tooth wear/breakage
  • Poor jaw alignment
  • Difficulty with cleaning teeth or chewing certain foods
  • Protusion of the upper or lower row of teeth
  • Overlapping or overcrowded teeth
  • Traumatic occlusion (bite)

Are traditional metal braces my only option for straightening my smile?

No! Dr. Mason and his team at Polaris Orthodontic Center offer a wide variety of orthodontic techniques that address different patient needs. In addition to traditional orthodontics, Invisalign, hidden braces, and self-ligating braces are also available, as well as accelerated treatment plans.

As an adult, am I too old for orthodontic treatment?

Not at all. Adults in their sixties or even seventies can undertake orthodontic treatment. Teeth may move a little slower in some adults but everyone’s teeth respond to orthodontic forces.

Do braces or aligners hurt?

It is likely that you will feel some sensitivity and discomfort in the first few days after having the braces placed. Your gums, cheeks, and teeth will need time to get used to the new sensations within the mouth. Orthodontic treatment with Aligners such as Invisalign is generally more comfortable than treatment with braces. If you’re experiencing excessive pain, contact our office right away.

How long will I have to wear my braces or aligners?

The amount of time will vary depending on the chosen plan of action and the individual patient’s needs. Most patients are treated within 8 to 30 months. Average treatment time is about 18 months.

Do I still need to go to regular dental checkups with my dentist while I have braces?

Absolutely! In fact, attending regular dental visits is very important during orthodontic treatment will braces or aligners. Most patients must get their teeth cleaned with their dentist every 3-6 months during orthodontic treatment.

Is there any way to speed up my treatment? This is taking too long!

We understand your frustration. Here in Columbus, patients can pursue accelerated treatment that’s often capable of cutting the estimated time of a traditional orthodontic plan in half while creating the same, positive results.

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