Braces, whether for you or for your child are a big step! You will not doubt have some questions and concerns before you begin your treatment. To help you get started, our orthodontist, Dr. Richard Joseph and our team have compiled a list of the most frequently asked orthodontic questions in Joplin, Missouri. If you have a question we have not answered here or if you would like to make an appointment, call The Brace Place at 417-782-1500 today.

At what age should a child first see an orthodontist?

Normally around age 8. At this age we just need to make sure there are not any major problems. Only about 5’5 of patients at this age need treatment. Of course, if you or your dentist feels something needs specific attention, please let us know.

What is the best age for braces?

The best time is just after the baby teeth have fallen out, usually around age 11 or 12. Prior to this age, if there are no significant problems, we will monitor the development with short observation appointments every 6-12 months.

Why do I need braces?

Dental health is the most important reason. If your teeth and jaws don’t line up properly, tooth decay and gum disease can develop. Appearance is also an important reason for wearing braces. Many people have orthodontic treatment because they simply aren’t happy with the way their teeth look.

How long does braces treatment take?

Orthodontics generally requires 18-24 months of active treatment (monthly visits) which is followed by a few months of retainer guidance.

What about my regular dentist?

You should continue to make regular visits (every 6 months) to your family dentist throughout your treatment. Periodic check-ups are important in order to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.