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Orthodontic FAQ

Your Tian-Mou and Metropolitan Taipei Orthodontic Resource

At Pittsburgh Orthodontic Clinic, we know that orthodontic treatment is a big decision for you or your child, and we want you to feel fully informed and confident about your options. From required records to adult braces, we provide answers to some of our most commonly received orthodontic questions. Our orthodontist are committed to providing beautiful smiles to the Tien-Mou and metropolitan Taipei with the latest advancements from traditional braces to digital orthodontics- InCognito Lingual Orthodontic Appliance & Invisalign clear aligner.

What are orthodontic records and why are they necessary?
Orthodontic records usually include X-rays, photographs of the teeth and face, and models of the teeth. The records provide a wealth of information that is not always revealed by a visual examination. This may include missing teeth, extra teeth, the condition and development of tooth roots, growth patterns of the jaw and face, symmetry, and a host of other factors.
Complete records form the basis for a thorough and accurate diagnosis and a sound treatment plan. We will determine the necessary records for each patient at our orthodontic office.
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Why is “early treatment”recommended for some children?
In some cases, preventive or interceptive care can guide the jaws and erupting teeth into more favorable positions, improve the growth and alignment of the jaws, preserve space for the permanent teeth, and/or reduce the likelihood of fracturing protruded front teeth.
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What is Phase 1 Treatment?

Phase 1 treatment is delivered early and before all permanent teeth have erupted. The purpose of this early care is to start correcting harmful malocclusions that may be more difficult or impossible to correct later. Phase 1 treatment does not eliminate the need for conventional orthodontics done during adolescence. Examples of phase 1 treatment include correcting individual tooth or jaw crossbites and severe underbites and overbites where function, esthetic or psychological concerns are identified.

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What is phase 2 Treatment?

Phase 2 treatment is conventional orthodontic treatment. It may start while the last baby teeth are falling out and continue until the 12 year molars have been evaluated or straightened. This treatment usually lasts between 2 and 3 years.

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How do I know if Phase 1, 2 or both type of treatments are necessary?

An early visit is suggested. About 10 to 20 percent of young patients may benefit from phase 1 treatment. Most other patients are observed until the appropriate time to initiate care.

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Does early treatment ensure a better result??

Not always. Experience and research shows that early treatment achieves meaningful goals but the quality of the result is determined at the end of care. For this reason, we do not always encourage early treatment unless significant benefits can be achieved.

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What is the psychological impact of orthodontic therapy?

Children: Treatment may reduce appearance-consciousness during the critical development years. Appearances can have an effect on social behaviors, self-expectation, personality style, and self-image.
Adults: Adult orthodontics may positively affect career patterns, social acceptance, and self-confidence.

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Why is the adolescent growth spurt so important in orthodontics?

This is a time when much of the growth of the face occurs. Treatment during this period provides an opportunity to favorably influence the facial profile. Once growth of the facial bones is complete, correction of some jaw discrepancies may require surgery. For this reason, early treatment may save considerable time and money.

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Is an adult ever too old for braces?

No. For those who can benefit from orthodontics, age is not a factor. Adults who have teeth and healthy supporting structures are never too old. Increasing numbers of adults are taking advantages of the lifelong benefits of orthodontics with treatments like InCognito lingual appliance and Invisalign clear aligners. These are people who have made the choice to spend the rest of their lives with an attractive, healthy smile and the confidence that it brings.

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Do you take patients transferring from out of town?

Yes we do. We handle a patient transferring into our office from another city just like a new patient. We gather complete diagnostic records to show the current status and propose treatment to complete the work that has been started. We assess a monthly fee to complete the treatment in progress.

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What is the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist?

An orthodontist is a general dentist that has had at least 2 more years of full-time training in orthodontics resulting in a nationally accepted specialty certificate. The orthodontist then limits #HisHer practice to straightening teeth and dentofacial orthopedics.

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Can I make all my appointments in the afternoon after school and late in the day?

In order to have early and late appointments available for the majority of patients, some procedures need to be accomplished during the hours of 13:00PM to 16:00PM. We will do our best to work with your schedules and accommodate your family needs.

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Do you see patients for emergencies?

Yes, our contact information for an emergency is posted on the website as well as the phone answering machine.

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Do you use recycled braces?

No.

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Next: Do retainers need to be worn after braces?
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◎Attention:
In orthodontics, as in all other healthcare treatments, there can be no guarantees of particular outcomes. These anticipated benefits are based on results from treating similar orthodontic conditions, and may vary with the individual, his or her cooperation and a number of other factors.

 
 
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