Rancho Cucamonga Orthodontist
Dr. Maurice Firouz has successfully treated over 10,000 adults and children over the course of his career. He has performed complex cases involving orthognathic surgery, orthopedic development, preventive orthodontics, and adult Invisalign. He also enjoys the common orthodontic cases he sees daily.
Benefits of Braces
- Align teeth for a more attractive smile
- Increase confidence during critical development years
- Improve chewing
- Increase the ability to clean the teeth
- Preserve health and life of teeth and gums
- Guide permanent teeth into optimal positions
- Reduce the risk of injury to protruded front teeth
- Aid in other dental treatment such as implants.
What are Some Signs that Braces are Needed?
- Excessive protruding of front teeth over the lower teeth
- Lower teeth mostly covered by upper when biting together (deep bite)
- Lower front teeth protrude past upper front teeth (underbite)
- Front teeth do not close together when biting (open bite)
- Crowded and overlapped teeth
- The center of teeth do not align with center of face
- Finger or thumb sucking habits
- Chewing is difficult
- Excessive wear on teeth
- The jaw shifts to one side when biting together
- Noticeable spaces between the teeth
- One or a few teeth out of position
How Old Do you Have to be for Braces?
It is possible to start braces at any age. Many tooth and jaw alignment problems can be corrected easier if discovered and treated at an early age. Early treatment helps to avoid surgery and other complications. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child visit an orthodontist by age 7. Visiting the orthodontist earlier than age 7 may be advantageous if a problem is detected by the parents, the family dentist or the physician.
Early Phase I Treatment vs. Phase II Treatment
Phase I, or early treatment, is for limited braces before all of the permanent teeth have erupted. The normal age of early treatment ranges between six and ten. This treatment is recommended when more space is needed for developing teeth and to correct crossbites, overbites, underbites, or other harmful dental habits. Phase II treatment is the more familiar treatment, because it involves full braces once all the permanent teeth have erupted. Phase II usually begins between the ages of eleven and thirteen.
Can Adults Get Braces?
Nobody is too old for orthodontic treatment. It is advantageous that everyone has a beautiful and healthy smile. About one fourth of all orthodontic cases are performed on adults. Many times adults opt for Invisalign for orthodontic treatment due to its cosmetic benefits. Traditional braces and Invisalign are both options for adults.
How Do Braces Work?
Braces use steady gentle pressure to gradually move teeth into their proper positions. The brackets that are temporarily bonded to your teeth and an archwire that connects them are the main components. The archwire is secured through each tooth bracket and it becomes contorted to form to your teeth. Once the archwire is out of its original shape it constantly applies pressure to the attached teeth until it returns to its original shape. As it does so, the braces move your teeth into more ideal positions.
How Long Will I be in Braces?
The length of treatment varies a lot depending on many factors. The average time for treatment is one to two years. Treatment times are mostly affected by each patient's rate of growth and the severity of the correction needed. Good dental hygiene and regular appointments are important for treatment to stay on schedule.
Do Braces Hurt?
The procedure of placing brackets on your teeth does not hurt. Patients will often feel soreness for the first few days of treatment due to the pressure placed on the tiny ligaments that hold your teeth in place. This soreness normally does not last longer than 4 days. For a few people, it may take a few weeks to become accustomed to the brackets against your lips and cheeks.
Can I Play Sports with Braces?
Yes. However, patients should protect their smiles by wearing a mouth guard when participating in any sporting activity. Mouth guards are important to protecting your teeth before, during, and after treatment.
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