Questions to Ask Your Dentist/Orthodontist

Orthodontics is a specialty in dentistry where your Orthodontist deals with the diagnosis, prevention, and correction of teeth that are or may become misaligned.

Your local Gilmer dentist offers Orthodontics! Dr. Furniss at Furniss Family Dentistry regularly treats misaligned teeth with clear orthodontic aligners by INVISALIGN. Below, we talk about some of the most important questions you should ask and help explain the benefits of orthodontics.

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What Types of Treatments Do You Offer?

Knowing the types of treatments available to you is important. At Furniss Family Dentistry, we focus on the most esthetic, easy to use of all orthodontic treatments to help straighten your teeth and enhance your natural smile. There are three main ways to straighten teeth:

  • Braces: One of the most common treatments performed by an orthodontist. Braces involve a metal bracket and wire system that help to encourage your teeth to straighten. These are hard to clean and not aesthetically pleasing.
  • Ceramic braces: Similar to traditional braces, this system uses a tooth-colored bracket in place of the metal ones.
  • Invisalign: For those looking for the most invisible, esthetic corrective process, Furniss Family Dentistry offers the revolutionary Invisalign system. These customized, clear trays are worn 22 hours per day and can be removed to eat and to clean your teeth.

At Furniss Family Dentistry, your Invisalign treatment is tailored to fit your needs, budget, and timeframe.

How Long Will My Orthodontics Treatment Last?

Orthodontics treatments vary between every patient. For those with moderate misalignment, treatment may take as little as four months. More complex issues may take one year or longer. On average, traditional orthodontic treatments take about two years to realign your teeth. However, at Furniss Family Dentistry, most of our cases are finished in 6-8 months.

The Benefits of Orthodontics

What are the benefits of correcting misaligned teeth? As your teeth become more misaligned, they create ideal situations for oral diseases to grow. There are unhealthy “hiding places” that allow bacteria to grow into to regions that are unnaturally hard to reach with a toothbrush. Also, teeth that are not aligned correctly can lead to gum disease, plaque buildup, and decay.

Teeth also play a role in your overall health. In fact, your teeth affect your ability to chew, swallow and speak. They impact your jaw alignment as well. (In fact, if you have ever been diagnosed with TMJ – a visit to your orthodontist may help.)

Smile Big with Furniss Family Dentistry

Misaligned teeth are also known to seriously impact your self-esteem. By reducing your willingness to smile, they can also affect how other people view you. At Furniss family Dentistry, we understand how important your smile is to your well-being. If you would like to know more about the orthodontic services we provide, contact Furniss Family Dentistry today.