Straight answers to four common orthodontic questions with Dr. Olsen

(Fremont County, Wyo.) - One of the things Dr. Marc Olsen loves most about being an orthodontist is the transformation braces can make. "You've seen it or may have experienced it yourself -- a shy tween becoming a bubbly teenager or an adult formerly self-conscious about his or her teeth at last having the confidence to smile and light up a room . It really is a beautiful thing to see," explained Dr. Olsen.
These transformations happen with their fair share of questions and concerns in the beginning. You may be asking yourself, "Does my child need braces? When should we start treatment? What are my treatment options? "I think educating patients and parents is a critical part of the orthodontic process," said Dr. Olsen. "Here are the four most common questions I get asked about orthodontic treatment."
1. What is the best age to see an orthodontist? The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children have their first orthodontic consultation around age 7. This is a good time to get a baseline evaluation of how your child is developing dentally and to see if there are any habits that would interfere with healthy jaw growth and tooth eruption and to detect abnormal growth patterns. Having an early evaluation allows you to address these problems before they become serious.
2. What types of problems need orthodontics? For children and adults alike, some things are fairly obvious- teeth that stick out or are very crowded. It’s the not-so-obvious conditions that can be a bigger problem, like constricted airways, uneven jaw growth or an uneven bite. That’s where an orthodontist with 3D x-ray technology can help.
3. Why should I choose an orthodontic specialist? An orthodontist is a dentist who has an additional 2-3 years of schooling to specialize in aligning teeth, learning how teeth move and how to create a healthy bite. This extended education ensures the best possible treatment and outcome. Why trust something as important as your health to anything else?
4. Has technology changed braces? Absolutely—and for the better. The same type of braces you had as a kid are still in use—those that use the heavy forces to move teeth. Today we have more advanced options like friction-free Damon® and Damon Insignia®, custom braces that pair an orthodontist with computer technology to engineer treatment from start to finish. This system makes orthodontic treatment more comfortable and often results in fewer appointments and shorter treatment times with the reduced need for extractions. And the well-known Invisalign® system, which uses computer technology and 3D printing to make clear trays to move teeth.
As you consider orthodontics for you and your family look for an orthodontic specialist that is qualified to guide you through all of your orthodontic "firsts", that uses the most advanced treatment options in a completely relaxed environment so that you can experience your own success story and transformation.
Dr. Marc Olsen and Olsen Ortho Studio has been combining art, science and experience to provide adults and children with extraordinary orthodontic care for over 16 years. Get to know him and learn how his expertise can work for you