Why should I choose an
orthodontic specialist for my braces?
A. You are a
unique, special person. When considering orthodontic treatment,
mind the importance of achieving the best result facially and dentally.
is a dental specialist who possesses the knowledge to diagnose and
treat tooth and jaw
How can I recognize
an Orthodontic Specialist?
can recognize the orthodontic specialist through membership in the
Association of Orthodontists (AAO).
out more at the American Association of Orthodontists website)
Why should I choose your practice?
A. Dr. Thomas
Jusino, an orthodontic specialist, also holds a degree in mechanical
engineering. For this reason he can offer you a unique edge in the
formation of a
healthier, happier smile. With his knowledge of growth development
mechanics of braces, Dr. Jusino will recommend the best course of
improving your smile.
At what age should a child have
an orthodontic evaluation?
A. The American
Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that children be
evaluated by age 7, unless you suspect a problem at an earlier age.
What is the benefit
of early examination?
A. Early examination
allows us to determine when we should treat your child for maximum
improvement. For children seven to eleven years old, certain
provide significant benefits- especially in jaw irregularities.
Treatment during these
growth stages may achieve results not possible once face and jaw bones have
When is someone too old
adults account for 25 percent of all orthodontic patients. Less
invisible- braces have contributed to this increase in popularity.
Treatment is more
convenient than ever. Newer techniques and materials now allow
between appointments. It's never too late to make a change for the
Why is orthodontics important?
A. An attractive smile
and improved self-image is only one of the benefits of
orthodontic treatment. Alleviating and preventing physical health
problems is just
as important. Without treatment, orthodontic problems can lead to
gum disease, bone destruction, TMJ, chewing and digestive difficulties,
impairments, tooth loss and other dental injuries.
Will braces hurt?
A. Most orthodontic
patients experience some discomfort the first couple of days after
their braces have been placed, and right after braces are tightened.
You can take
Aspirin, Advil, or Tylenol to ease the discomfort. For the most
read about the
What are diagnostic records?
Records consist of: (2) x-rays; a panoramic x-ray which shows all of the
including those that are under the gums; a cephalometric or "head" x-ray,
the relationship of the jaw bones, and how the face is growing; (8)
impressions of the teeth, and a wax bite.
Why are diagnostic records
A. The combination of
x-rays, photographs and impressions assist Dr. Jusino in
determining the course of a patient's care and treatment.
What are separators?
A. Separators are
small, high quality elastic disks that go between teeth to create the
space needed for orthodontic bands to be placed around back molar teeth.
What are the parts of the braces?
consist of several different parts that act in conjunction with each other
and align teeth. Bands- these fit on the back molar teeth and act as
an anchor for braces.
Brackets- these are glued to the teeth. Arch-wires: wires that come in
different sizes and
serve the purpose of moving teeth. Ties: different colors placed
over the arch-wire to
hold the wire to the bracket. Power-chains: ties that are
hooked together in a 'chain'
fashion. Power-chains are designed to close spaces between
teeth, and help turn rotated
Is headgear still necessary for
fixing an overbite?
A. Yes, on occasion it
is still necessary to prescribe headgear wear. Depending on how
protrusive the upper teeth are, it may be necessary to wear headgear to
protrusion. With the
however, most headgear has been eliminated.
What is TMJ?
A. TMJ is short
for Temporal Mandibular Joint disorder (jaw pain). The symptoms of
TMJ can be as simple as headache pain or as unrelated as shoulder pain ...
sometimes it can be tormenting. TMJ can even masquerade as many other
Often TMJ results when teeth and jaws do not fit together properly.
treatment with braces or splint therapy has proven effective in treating
If you or someone close to you is suffering from this disorder, call us,
we're ready to
What foods should I avoid while in treatment?
(link to our what about eating
What is best for dental pain?
works best for dental pain, however, Advil and Tylenol are also helpful.
Do I still need to see my family Dentist for check-ups
while in treatment?
A. Yes, you
should maintain your recall visits with your family Dentist so that teeth
cleaned, examined and a fluoride treatment performed.
How long will I have to wear my
A. After Dr.
Jusino personally examines you, he will explain your treatment plan, and
provide information regarding the approximate time involved in your care.
time in braces is usually 18-24 months.
What should I do if a part of
my braces breaks or becomes loose?
to Orthodontic First Aid)
Can I still play sports while in treatment?
you can still play sports in treatment, but must wear a mouth guard while
performing the activity. Dr. Jusino is happy to mold your mouth guard
Can I still play a musical
instrument while in treatment?
One can still play a musical instrument; it will just take a little time to
How much do braces cost?
fees vary, and depend on the length of time and extent of treatment.
When considering the cost of orthodontic treatment, keep in mind the
of a lifetime of beautiful smiles.
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