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KNOW YOUR ORTHODONTICS!

I’ve been that “nerdy” kid who’d love reading A LOT. Whenever I started something new, I always felt the need to know everything possible about that topic. After starting Karate, I read everything that fell into my lap about this, when having any health issues, I’d also read about this not only rely on my doctors. Of course, this never made me smarter than my physician, but it surely helped a lot, when having to deal with a diagnostic and treatments.

As you can imagine, when my orthodontics treatment started, I was very busy reading about various devices and treatments, how it should feel, how it all works etc. I’ve joined some top orthodontics forums, read tens of articles about my future treatment. My orthodontist usually jokes that, if I wanted to get a diploma, it shouldn’t be too hard and that I kinda know more than many students that study this in college.

Why is it important to know about Orthodontics?

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1. WHAT YOU KNOW, CANNOT KILL YOU

Well, I’m kidding, but still, knowing about this treatment, how to find a good orthodontist etc. are important aspects to having a successful treatment. There are many AMAZING doctors out there, but lousy ones too. Such a treatment is VERY costly for a patient, not too much from a doctor’s perspective. A good chuck of the price covers their “handiwork” and of course specialization, so the investment is not that big, while the profit is pretty nice. This leads many people to become orthodontists, even if some are not that well prepared for this.

By knowing how to see a fake from a real one, what to expect in your treatment, you won’t be scared or easy to fool. More power to the informed consumer.

2. KNOWING YOUR STEPS, MAKES THE TREATMENT EASIER

I knew IN DETAIL what my doctor is gonna do to me, what’s that paste he’s placing over my teeth, how my brackets will be attached etc. I was VERY RELAXED and fascinated in the end about everything happening to me. My orthodontist would add more information to what I already had read, since he knew I love knowing about this. The entire process has been a very nice one, with small discomfort, but nothing serious. I’ve had a super-positive attitude all along and it’s helped me tremendously. I can say my man is more “disturbed” for me wearing all kinds of devices, than I was.

Even now, as I am still under treatment, I have my initial pictures on the PC, I know where I’ve started, what worked and what’s slower to get results. Though I am not an orthodontist, I’ve surely done my homework.

3. IT’S YOUR BODY, YOU GOTTA KNOW ABOUT THIS STUFF

I cannot understand people who get sick and know nothing about their disease. I’ve had friends with various illnesses (fortunately nothing serious) and I knew more about their problems than they did. How can someone live in such a state of total ignorance? Not knowing about your illness DOESN’T MAKE IT GO AWAY. It never does. But having some ideas about it, surely helps.

As an example, one year and a half I discovered some breast lumps. Before even getting to the doctor to see what’s there, I already knew how my scans should look for it to be breast cancer or not, what my treatment options were in any of the stages, even how my biopsy fluid should look if it was just a hormonal imbalance. Well, fortunately for me it’s just something hormone based, but I had my homework done like a pro. When I’d have my biopsy done, the moment my doctor started filling the syringe with the fluid, I KNEW it wasn’t cancer. The biopsy came clean the following day.

Knowing all my options and everything a non-doctor can about this, has surely helped me a lot. Even if I’ve done my share of crying, having a mastectomy at 30 is not really something to be happy about, I wasn’t that shocked as others would have been in a similar situation.

Going into the orthodontics treatment, I loved reading all I could about this. It’s my teeth we’re talking here, I wanted to know what good can come off it, if it’s worth it, how other people handle this problem etc. All this information helped me through the treatment and establishing an amazing relationship with my orthodontist too. He always talks to me as if I was a fellow doctor and this helped me gain even more information.

5 REASONS FOR AN EARLY ORTHODONTICS TREATMENT START

I’ve started my orthodontic treatment when I was 28. Back when I was a kid, orthodontics wasn’t so “famous” in Romania, not to mention my folks would have never had the money to pay for this. So, I had to go almost 3 decades with some seriously crowded teeth and many orthodontic problems. Of course, when I’ll have kids, you can image I’ll do anything to make sure they don’t go into adulthood with these problems. Here are 5 reasons why I believe having the teeth straightened as soon as possible is better than having to do this while you’re an adult:

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1. THE TREATMENT FOR A KID/TEENAGER IS EASIER THAN FOR AN ADULT.

Let’s say that, after 7 years of age, I can start seeing if there’s something wrong with my kid. If his orthodontist can get his “hands” on the situation, while the teeth are still erupting and my kid’s jaw bone is not “final”, the entire treatment shouldn’t be as complex as mine for instance (I had braces, Herbst to bring my lower jaw in front, 4 extractions to make room for my huge teeth etc.)

2. LESS COMPLEX TREATMENT MEANS LESS EXPENSES

For a long and complex treatment such as mine is, the price tag is pretty big. If the treatment started early, with less complications and things to solve, it would also mean less interventions and of course less money.

3. FROM A SOCIAL POINT OF VIEW, KIDS HAVE IT EASIER.

Let’s say that it’s normal to see teenagers with braces. Some consider that age as the “age for braces”, since most parents work on their kids teeth in that period. When half your classmates have braces, for a teenager that’s not a huge problem anymore. Of course they are so sensitive about their looks, but, once so many kids their age “sport” their metal teeth, it’s less traumatic for them. Not to mention their treatment is shorter than mine, an an adult, and the results show faster.

When they’re getting ready to have their hearts broken, they’re teeth are perfect. Having braces as an adult can take a toll on your social life, since some people are not attracted by someone who’s got “something” on their teeth. I’d personally stay far from such people, but, hey, it’s love and love doesn’t choose.

4. PROFESSIONALLY, HAVING BRACES CAN BE NOT SO GOOD.

As a kin, no one cares about my slight lisp or “metal smile”. As a professional, having braces wasn’t a pleasure. I was close to 30, working at a radio station. My treatment had to be tailored specially for me, since I couldn’t afford having a lisp. It would actually mean losing my job. Not to mention that, as a web designer with my own business, meeting with the clients and having braces, didn’t always go well. Some people are not educated and some were actually pretty disgusted. I know such clients are not gonna be the love of my life, but losing jobs because of my braces wouldn’t have been pretty. In the end, it’s all about the money.

5. NOT SOLVING THE ISSUES, WON’T MAKE THEM DISAPPEAR.

The fact my folks couldn’t afford the orthodontic treatment or didn’t care, I was beautiful for them anyway, didn’t make the problem go away. In fact, my teeth were pretty bad because of all the crowding. Not having a healthy bite meant jaw pains from time to time and even getting my jaws “locked” couple of times.

So, if your kid doesn’t have good teeth, don’t wait. Go see an orthodontist and start making changes as soon as possible. He/she’d grow with good healthy teeth, a beautiful smile and all the confidence that comes from this.

ORTHODONTICS TREATMENT: PREREQUSITES AND FIRST STEPS

We know about the various orthodontics devices (braces, Invisalign, Incognito etc.), but it would be nice for our readers to also know what are the first steps for their orthodontics treatment and what needs to be done before smiling with braces or brand new Invisalign trays on their teeth.

ORTHODONTICS TREATMENT: PREREQUSITES AND FIRST STEPS

PHOTOS, X-RAYS AND MOLDS

When you get ready for your orthodontics treatment, your doctor will have to asses your overall dental situation. For these you’ll have photos taken of your face (from the front and also profile) and also photos of your teeth and arches.

X-Rays help your orthodontist spot any problems with your teeth and also see how your orthodontic problems look like.

The final step in this moment is having a mold taken. This will provide all the details about your malocclusion and how crooked your teeth actually are.

If you haven’t seen your dentist before going to the orthodontist, all this data will be important for your teeth cleaning and repairing. You shouldn’t have braces put on unless you have ALL your teeth healthy and cavity filled and also your teeth professionally cleaned.

The orthodontist will create your individual treatment plan

Armed with all the data and having your teeth sparkling clean and healthy, it’s time for your doctor to start planning your treatment.

Each patient is unique and has different problems to solve. Even if in some cases your orthodontist uses the same devices (braces, power-chains etc.), this doesn’t make your treatment similar to mine for instance.

This is the moment your orthodontist needs to show his true knowledge and experience, to offer a solution to your dental problems in the best way that suits your needs and solves those problems.

If you prefer a type of treatment (for me having braces wasn’t OK, since I was working as a radio DJ and couldn’t afford a lisp, so we used Invisalign), you need to tell your doctor this and also see if it can work on you and how it would function.

After your orthodontist has decided on the treatment plan, you’ll both meet to discuss it. Don’t be shy, ask ANYTHING. It’s your time to get as much information as possible, share your opinion and see how you both construct the treatment.