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Nashville Orthodontics FAQs

Answering Your Questions about Our Service & Treatment

At Braces by Dr. Ruth, we are happy to answer any questions you may have about orthodontic treatment. This page contains the answers to orthodontics FAQs in Nashville that we hear from patients. If you have questions that are not answered here, please call (615) 323-2026.

  • What training is required for an orthodontist?

    An orthodontist must complete an additional two or three years of training at an advanced program after dental school to learn the skills needed to properly manage tooth movement.

  • What are the benefits of orthodontic treatment?

    The benefits of orthodontic treatment include:

    • A better-looking smile
    • Improved tooth function
    • Enhanced confidence
    • Improvements in wear patterns and force distribution
    • Guiding permanent teeth into the correct position
    • Improved long-term dental health
    • Easier oral hygiene
  • What are signs that braces may be needed?

    Braces may be required for underbites, overbites, open bite, protruding teeth, crowding, trouble chewing, spaces between the teeth, uneven or excessive wear, or when the center of the upper and lower teeth are not aligned properly.

  • Do I still need to see my regular dentist?

    Yes, for optimal oral health, visit your primary dentist every six months for checkups and cleaning.

  • What if I move before treatment is finished?

    Moving is a normal part of life. Changing orthodontists requires planning. We use our expertise to make your transition easier, whether you are switching from our office or to our office during treatment.

  • How do braces work?

    Braces use gentle yet steady pressure to move the teeth into the proper position. Brackets are attached to the teeth with a special adhesive and connected by an archwire. The wire applies pressure to move the teeth into the correct position.

  • What are Phase I and Phase II in orthodontic treatment?

    Phase I is early orthodontic treatment, which is provided before all the permanent teeth have grown. This treatment may be recommended to correct certain issues or make space for teeth that need to come in. Phase II, on the other hand, is the treatment that is performed after all the adult teeth have already erupted.

  • Do braces hurt?

    It is normal to experience a bit of soreness in the first few days. The inside of your cheeks and lips may take a week or two to become accustomed to the braces.

  • How long will my treatment take?

    Treatment times vary, but the average time is two years. The severity of the condition and patient compliance will have an impact on treatment length. Keeping all your appointments is essential for a successful treatment.

  • What are orthodontic emergencies?

    Braces can be damaged even if you are careful. We encourage you to contact our office to get advice from our orthodontist in Nashville if a band or bracket becomes loose, an archwire becomes loose or breaks, or you have an accident that involves your teeth.

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