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Orthodontic treatment is a dental specialty that focuses on diagnosing, preventing, and correcting misaligned teeth and jaws. It often involves the use of braces, aligners, and other appliances to move teeth into proper positions.

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children have their first orthodontic evaluation by age 7. Early assessment can identify potential issues and allow for timely intervention if necessary.

The duration of orthodontic treatment varies depending on the complexity of the case. On average, treatment with braces or aligners lasts between 18 months to 3 years. Your orthodontist will provide a more precise estimate based on your individual needs.

There are several types of braces, including:

  • Traditional metal braces: Made of high-grade stainless steel, these are the most common type.
  • Ceramic braces: Tooth-colored braces that are less noticeable.
  • Lingual braces: Placed on the back of the teeth, hidden from view.
  • Clear aligners: Removable and virtually invisible plastic trays, such as Invisalign.

Braces may cause some discomfort, especially after adjustments. This discomfort is usually mild and temporary. Over-the-counter pain relievers and orthodontic wax can help alleviate any soreness.

Typically, patients visit the orthodontist every 4 to 8 weeks for adjustments and progress checks. Your orthodontist will provide a specific schedule based on your treatment plan.

Absolutely! Orthodontic treatment is effective for patients of all ages. Many adults choose to improve their smile and oral health through braces or aligners.

Proper oral hygiene is crucial with braces. Brush and floss regularly, avoid sticky or hard foods, and attend all scheduled orthodontic appointments. Your orthodontist will provide detailed care instructions.

If a bracket or wire breaks, contact your orthodontist as soon as possible. They will advise you on steps to take until you can get an appointment for repair. Avoid attempting to fix it yourself to prevent further damage.

The cost of orthodontic treatment varies based on factors such as the type of braces, treatment duration, and the complexity of the case. Many orthodontic offices offer financing options to help manage costs. Consult with your orthodontist for a detailed cost estimate.

Many dental insurance plans offer partial coverage for orthodontic treatment, especially for children. Check with your insurance provider to understand your benefits. Our office can assist you in verifying coverage and exploring payment options.

Yes, you can play sports with braces. It's important to wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth and braces from injury. Your orthodontist can recommend a suitable mouthguard.

Initially, braces may cause slight changes in speech as your mouth adjusts. This is usually temporary, and most patients adapt within a few days to a couple of weeks.

The process typically involves an initial consultation, diagnostic records (X-rays, photos, and impressions), treatment planning, and fitting the braces. Regular follow-up visits are then scheduled for adjustments and progress monitoring.

You can contact Knoxville Orthodontics by phone at (865) 522-7572. We are happy to answer any questions and schedule a consultation to discuss your orthodontic needs.


11213 W Point Dr,
Knoxville 37934

Phone:  (865) 522-7572

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