Why An Orthodontist?

Dr. Robert Larson Orthodontist Indianapolis, IN

Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that specializes in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. Straightening the teeth, creating facial balance and aesthetics, and proper jaw function are key elements.

An orthodontist is a specialist who has completed two years of advanced orthodontic residency education following dental school to learn the special skills required to manage tooth movement and guide facial development. In order to provide patients with the most advanced treatment, Dr. Larson and Dr. Holland continue their education through frequent update classes and training for the treatment of orthodontics.

What Are Some of the Benefits of Orthodontics?

  • A more attractive smile
  • Better function of the teeth and jaw joint
  • Better long-term health of teeth and gums
  • Reduced appearance-consciousness during critical development years
  • Increase in self-confidence
  • Improved force distribution and wear patterns of the teeth
  • Guide permanent teeth into more favorable positions
  • Reduce the risk of injury to protruded front teeth
  • Aids in optimizing other dental treatment

What Are Some of the Signs Braces May Be Needed?

  • Upper front teeth protrude excessively over the lower teeth
  • Upper front teeth cover the majority of the lower teeth when biting together (deep bite)
  • Upper front teeth are behind or inside the lower front teeth (underbite)
  • The upper and lower front teeth do not touch when biting together (open bite)
  • Crowded or overlapped teeth
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Spaces between the teeth

At What Age Should Orthodontics Occur?

Orthodontic treatment can be start as early as seven, but, usually, treatment can be delayed until the primary (baby) molars are being lost.  Of course, any age of adult is acceptable for treatment. Some orthopedic (growth) movement should be treated while the patient is growing.  Many orthodontic problems are easier to correct if detected at an early age before jaw growth has slowed. Early treatment may mean that a patient can avoid surgery and more serious complications. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child first visit an orthodontist by age seven or earlier if a problem is detected by parents, the family dentist, or the child’s physician.

How Long Does Orthodontic Treatment Take?

Treatment times vary on a case-by-case basis, but the average time is from one to two years. Actual treatment time can be affected by rate of growth and severity of the correction necessary. Treatment length is also dependent upon patient compliance. Maintaining good oral hygiene and keeping regular appointments are important in keeping treatment time on schedule.  Dr. Holland or Dr. Larson can talk with you about ways technology may be used to speed up your orthodontic treatment.

Will Orthodontics Interfere with Playing Sports?

No. It is recommended, however, that patients protect their smiles by wearing a mouthguard when participating in any sporting activity. Mouthguards are inexpensive, comfortable, and come in a variety of colors and patterns.

Do Braces Interfere with Playing Musical Instruments?

No. However, there may be an initial period of adjustment. In addition, brace covers can be provided to prevent discomfort.

Consultation and Treatment Analysis

The cost of your orthodontic treatment may vary depending on your individual needs and treatment plan. Our staff will discuss with you the cost of your treatment, and each of your available payment plan options, so that you are able to make the best choice for you and your smile. We will work with you to create a payment plan that fits your budget and you will know what to expect before beginning treatment.  Normally, Dr. Larson or Dr. Holland can provide a cost for treatment at your initial exam.

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For over 30 years we’ve been helping make beautiful smiles for our patients in Central Indiana.  Here is what a few have to say about the team at Larson-Holland Orthodontics

“The great thing about this office is you are treated as an individual.”

Staff is friendly and really works with you on scheduling appointments.”

“Larson Orthodontics is a very family-oriented and friendly office!”

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