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Can I Consider Further Treatment [after My Braces Are off?]

Something about teeth brackets makes people look at you funny. They do so because they do not know how much effort and time you invest in them just to have a beautiful smile in the end. You can’t floss right, and the wires constantly bother you. Overwhelming excitement abounds when the time to remove them comes.

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What is the Cost to Straighten Out a Jaw?

Factors That Affect the Cost to Straighten Out a Jaw

Plenty of people have jaws that are slightly misaligned, meaning that the lower jaw does not hinge perfectly into the upper jaw. While it’s possible this may not bother a person whatsoever, others may experience snapping or pain in the temporomandibular joints, which are the ‘hinges’ that allow the mouth to open. Others may have uneven wearing and stress on their teeth or think the misalignment of their jaw is just unsightly. Luckily, an orthodontic specialist can realign jaws to make them match up using surgery or affordable dental braces. It is impossible to give a one-size-fits-all estimate as to the cost of treatment, as there are a multitude of factors that will affect the final bill. Here are some factors that will impact the cost of treatment.

Dental or Medical Insurance Coverage

Some jaw misalignment’s are so severe that they are considered a health issue, especially if chewing, swallowing or speaking is being impaired. If the misalignment is not that severe, some of the treatment may be covered under dental insurance. Should there be no insurance coverage for the issue and you still want orthodontic treatment to fix it, credit options and payment plans are always available.

The Need for Surgical Intervention

Sometimes the best way to correct a misaligned jaw is to break it and reset it in a new position. While this may sound harrowing, it can be the fastest and least-painful option for those with moderate to severe misalignment. Breaking the jaw is usually accomplished under general anesthesia, in an operating room at a hospital or outpatient surgical facility. Other cases of misaligned jaws may be due to the lower jaw being too large. This can be reduced via surgery wherein the surgeon cuts out a small portion of the jaw and then places plates to join the remaining halves together. Both of these surgical options will add to the total tally.

Headgear Expenses

If the upper jaw is a problem, headgear might be necessary. Depending on the type of headgear, the growth of the upper jaw can be slowed or stopped in order to prevent a severe overbite. Another type of headgear can coax the upper jaw forward if the patient has an underbite. Of course, headgear works best for children and teens who are still growing and have plenty of soft cartilage in their jaws and face. Just like surgical options, headgear may not be necessary for all patients. However, those who do need it will pay far more for treatment than those who do not.

Number and Type of Retainers Needed

Some people have their braces removed, get fitted with a retainer, wear it for a few years and then they are set for life, while others may need a series of retainers. Each retainer fitting will add to the total cost, as will any replacement retainers that need to be fabricated.

The cost to straighten out a jaw misalignment will vary greatly, depending on the needs of the patient. Once a treatment plan has been decided, your orthodontist’s office can give you a better idea of the total cost. If you or your child is in need of jaw realignment, call King Orthodontics for an appointment today!

King Orthodontics, 400 East Dayton, Yellow Springs Rd. Fairborn, OH 45324

Phone: (937) 878-1561 Fax: (937) 433-9530

What is the Cost to Straighten Out a Jaw?


TADs: An Easy Way to Control Teeth’s Movement

What are Temporary Anchorage Devices?

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A temporary anchorage device (TAD) is a device which is usually fixed temporarily in the bone with the aim of enhancing the orthodontic anchorage and is usually removed after being used. TADs may be used in a variety of cases in order to help fix a variety of orthodontic problems. They help to achieve comfort, as well as quicker teeth movement. TADs may be used alongside braces as an alternative headgear. Due to the complexity of replacement and expense, bone anchorage treatment method was not used regularly for teeth treatment. However, technological advancements have led to the discovery of newer anchorage devices that are even more safer and efficient than the old devices.

Traditional orthodontists made use of Newton’s third law of motion, which states that there is an equal and opposite reaction force for every action force. They used this reasoning when binding the teeth of their patients; it helped them to consider the undesired movement of the teeth after their anchorage.

Before bonding and moving of the teeth, an orthodontist extracts one or two premolars in order to create a space. During treatment of teeth, practitioners decide the teeth to remove on basis of size and the shape of their roots. The best thing about TADs is that they create additional anchorage that helps to stabilize moving teeth.

How do practitioners place Temporary Anchorage Devices?

TADs help in treating the  teeth  without the use of a needle. The jaw and gum tissue of the patient is administered with a strong anesthetic on the area where the TAD treatment is going to be placed. When the area is numb, the doctor will place the TAD on the gum tissue. The process of placing the TAD is usually a quick process and it does not involve any pain for the client. When the TAD is being placed, the patient may feel a little pressure but he or she will start to feel the TAD within a day. When your treatment is completed and you have achieved your desired results, then TAD is removed from the teeth. The process of removing TAD will take only a few minutes and it does not come with any pain. In case you have any discomfort in the TAD removal process, Ibuprofen or Tylenol is the recommended drug for reducing the pain.

When using TAD treatment to correct the shape of your teeth or bite, it is highly recommended to always keep it clean. A TAD is usually cleaned the same way braces are cleaned. You are supposed to brush your teeth at least three times in a day in order to keep your TAD clean. It also comes with an antimicrobial mouthwash that the patients are supposed to use two times on daily basis. The purpose of the mouthwash is to help you clean the mouth and kill any pathogens that could harm the TAD or make it smelly.

In case you still have any questions about TAD, please feel free to contact your very own King Orthodontics, where you get all the solutions.

King Orthodontics, 400 East Dayton, Yellow Springs Rd. Fairborn, OH 45324

Phone: (937) 878-1561 Fax: (937) 433-9530

 TADs: An Easy Way to Control Teeth’s Movement