Are you considering braces for yourself or your child? Whether you have an overbite, an underbite, or crooked teeth, braces can help you achieve a straighter smile and increased confidence.
There are 25+ orthodontists in the Tucson area so you will have a number of options to choose from.
First, let's run through a quick overview of the different kinds of braces that are are available.
There are several different kinds (or styles) of braces - all that help you reach the same result.
Traditional metal braces are the most common option in orthodontics. They have been in use since the 1700s and over 6 million people in the USA & Canada wear braces. Needless to say, you won't be alone if you choose this option.
Self-ligating braces use brackets with clips that hold on to the wire instead of the rubber band system that is the hallmark of traditional metal braces. The most popular brands for self-ligating braces are Damon, Speed System, and In-Ovation.
Ceramic braces are the same as traditional metal braces, except that they have tooth-colored or clear brackets.
Lingual braces are also the same as traditional metal braces, except that they are on the inside of the teeth instead of the outside.
Invisalign is different than the above options in that treatment consists of clear, removable trays. Although they are removable (for meals and cleaning), the trays need to be in place for 22+ hours to work effectively. You will also need to visit your orthodontist every few weeks to change out the aligners.
Below you will find some frequently asked questions about braces and orthodontic treatment in Tucson.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children get their first check-up with an orthodontist no later than age 7. Early treatment may prevent or intercept more serious problems from developing and may make treatment at a later age shorter and less complicated.
As far as we know, all of the orthodontists in Tucson offer complimentary initial exams and x-rays until a treatment plan is needed.
Some dental insurance plans include orthodontic benefits. Check with your insurance provider to determine if braces and/or associated treatments are partially or fully covered. About 1 in 4 new patients used flexible spending account (FSA) funds for orthodontic treatment.
The American Association of Orthodontist members report that the average length of orthodontic treatment is less than two years (22 months). The length of an individual's treatment is based on the severity of the patient's problem. Depending on the problem, treatment time can range from a few months to 36 months or more.
Schedule an appointment with a local orthodontist. You can confirm on the phone that the evaluation will be free of charge.
At your appointment, the orthodontist will be able to discuss the various kinds of braces and will be able to advise you about if they are needed.
A referral is not needed to schedule an appointment with an orthodontist. That said, dentists do sometimes refer patients to orthodontists if they notice crowding or space issues. Your dentist may also have some great recommendations for orthodontists near where you live.
Great question! With over 25 orthodontists in Tucson, it's hard to pinpoint just one. Each orthodontist has a unique personality, communication style, and educational background.
The best way to find an orthodontist in Tucson is to ask friends and family members for recommendations. You can also check yelp and google reviews. Finally, you can search by zip code on the American Association of Orthodontists website.
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