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Orthodontic FAQ

Your Bridgeport, Shelton & Westport Orthodontic Resource

At Commerce Park Children’s Dentistry & Orthodontics, we know that orthodontic treatment is a big decision for you or your child, and we want you to feel fully informed and confident about your options. From required records to adult braces, we provide answers to some of our most commonly received orthodontic questions. Our orthodontists are committed to providing beautiful smiles to the Bridgeport, Shelton & Westport, CT communities with the latest advances, from clear braces to Invisalign®.

What are orthodontic records and why are they necessary?

Orthodontic records usually include X-rays, photographs of the teeth and face, and models of the teeth. The records provide a wealth of information that is not always revealed by a visual examination.

This may include missing teeth, extra teeth, the condition and development of tooth roots, growth patterns of the jaw and face, symmetry, and a host of other factors. Complete records form the basis for a thorough and accurate diagnosis and a sound treatment plan. We will determine the necessary records for each patient at our Shelton, Westport or Bridgeport, CT orthodontic offices.

What is AcceleDent and how can it be used in conjunction with braces or clear aligners?

AcceleDent Aura is a first-of-its-kind medical device that works along with conventional orthodontic treatment to accelerate tooth movement. It is used daily for a recommended 20 minutes, during which users can simultaneously carry out routine tasks. Its exclusive SoftPulse Technology™, which generates small vibrations (or micropulses), has been reported to make the orthodontic experience not only faster, but also more comfortable.

Why is “early treatment” recommended for some children?

In some cases, preventive or interceptive care can guide the jaws and erupting teeth into more favorable positions, improve the growth and alignment of the jaws, preserve space for the permanent teeth, and/or reduce the likelihood of fracturing protruded front teeth. 

What is the psychological impact of orthodontic therapy?

Children: Treatment may reduce appearance-consciousness during the critical development years. Phyiscal appearance can have an effect on social behaviors, self-expectation, personality style, and self-image.
Adults: Adult orthodontics may have a positive effect on career patterns, social acceptance, and self-confidence.

Why is the adolescent growth spurt so important in orthodontics?

This is a time when much of the growth of the face occurs. Treatment during this period offers an opportunity to favorably influence the facial profile. Once growth of the facial bones is complete, correction of some jaw discrepancies may require surgery. For this reason, early treatment can save considerable time and money.

Is an adult ever too old for braces?

No. For those who can benefit from orthodontics, age is not a factor. Adults who have teeth and healthy supporting structures are never too old.

Increasing numbers of adults are taking advantage of the lifelong benefits of orthodontics with treatments like clear braces and Invisalign. These are people who have made the choice to spend the rest of their lives with an attractive, healthy smile and the confidence it brings.

Contact Our Bridgeport, Shelton or Westport Orthodontic Offices

At Commerce Park Children’s Dentistry & Orthodontics, we believe in maintaining open communication with our patients. If you have any questions about the orthodontic health program or any of our other treatments such as braces or Invisalign, please don’t hesitate to contact our Bridgeport, Shelton or Westport, CT orthodontic offices.

Our friendly staff is happy to answer any questions or help you schedule an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you!