Frequently Asked Orthodontic Questions – Castle Rock, CO
Answering All of Your Orthodontic Questions
Do you have questions about what life will be like with braces or whether you should bring your child in for an examination? We want to provide you with all of the information you need to make informed, smart decisions about your smile, which is why we’ve answered some of the most common questions that we receive from patients below. If you don’t see the information you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team!
At what age should I bring my child in for an orthodontic examination?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children receive their first checkups from an orthodontist as soon as they notice any signs of crowding or misalignment, or by the time they turn 7.
How can I tell if my bite isn’t aligned?
Sometimes, signs of bite misalignment can be subtle, but typically, patients who experience overbite, underbite, or crossbite notice these symptoms:
- Uneven tooth wear
- Dental sensitivity
- Failing dental restorations
- Pain and stiffness in the jaw joints
- Speech impediments
- Migraines or chronic headaches
Should I get Invisalign or traditional braces?
Whether you should receive Invisalign treatment or traditional braces depends on the severity of the orthodontic issues that you face. Even though Invisalign can treat bite problems, if you suffer from more severe overbite, underbite, or crossbite, traditional braces will be able to address these issues in a more timely manner. Speak with Dr. Rejman, your orthodontist in Castle Rock, about what you’d prefer in a treatment and goals you’d like to meet at your initial consultation.
Does dental insurance cover the cost of braces?
Most major dental insurance plans don’t automatically include coverage for orthodontic treatment for adults. However, some plans do offer some coverage for children who are under 19 to receive braces. This truly depends on your unique dental insurance plan. If you’d like a benefits check or to learn whether your benefits will pay for a portion of your or your child’s treatment, you can either contact your insurance company directly or call our office and we’ll help you get the answers you need.
Can I get braces for a second time?
If you’ve had braces in the past but didn’t wear your retainer for long enough and your teeth gradually shifted back into their original positions, getting braces again is definitely an option. The best way to go about doing this is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Rejman and discuss your past orthodontic experience with him. Once we examine your mouth, our team will be able to recommend treatment options that we believe could help address your concerns.
How long will I need to wear my retainer for after getting braces?
Retention, or wearing retainers to keep teeth from moving, is for LIFE. Patients should plan on wearing retainers every night for the rest of their lives, and replace their retainers when lost or broken immediately. Most of our teen and adult patients receive a lower bonded retainer, however, retainers will be discussed at length during the braces removal appointment. Our younger patients will often receive a set of removable essix (plastic) retainers to wear until they no longer fit and Phase 2 is recommended.