Time to Stretch Your Orthodontic Vocab

Time to Stretch Your Orthodontic Vocab

School may be out for the summer, but it’s never a bad time to stretch your orthodontic vocabulary! Orthodontics is the dental specialty that deals with how the teeth are positioned in the jaw and how the upper and lower jaws meet. There is a specialized vocabulary that describes orthodontic issues. We are always happy to answer your questions and make sure you are fully informed on orthodontic issues that may affect you (or your child’s) oral health, comfort and beautiful smile.

Things To Remember As You Begin Care

As you begin your orthodontic care treatment, you may have a good idea about what you’re supposed to be doing. After all, we will go over the details with you and provide you with the particulars, so you can have a successful experience with us (and soon, a straight smile!). Along the way, however, while this is still brand new, you may find yourself faced with some questions that may include just a hint of doubt about the choice you’ve made. Not to worry! We are here to remind you of some things to keep in mind as you get started, so you can relax and enjoy the process.

Your “Why” Questions About Orthodontic Care

Of course, when you begin considering orthodontic care, you know that the end of the journey will be you smiling a beautifully aligned smile. However, there’s a lot of stuff that goes on between the time you make your initial decision and the time you are finished with treatment, some of which may cause you a bit of confusion. To help address some very common “why” questions, we offer helpful answers.

Myth Versus Fact: Clearing Up Clear Aligner Concerns

The moment you start talking with friends and looking around online for information about your clear aligner trays that are straightening your teeth, you’ll find yourself taking in a lot of details. Some will sound a bit unreliable, some will resemble things we’ve told you about your orthodontic care, and then others will sound amazing (but you will worry they’re too good to be true). To avoid confusion, we always ask that you talk things through with us. To help you feel less uncertain about all of this, get started with some common myths (and the facts of the matter).

Ready to fall in love with your smile, but not sure where to start? Send us a photo or a question of your smile, and Dr. Lathrop will respond!