This is a frequently asked question at Morita Orthodontics! You may have known someone who wore braces twice, once as a younger child and again as a teen. If you’ve been wondering about the orthodontics timeline, here is some helpful information.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children see an orthodontist when they are 7 years old. Though most patients are not ready for treatment, these early screenings provide useful information for planning and improve the success and effectiveness of orthodontic treatment when the time is right. There is no charge for your first exam appointment in any of our two offices. We will perform a thorough examination of your smile, all at no charge, to help you determine the best time to start treatment and minimize your time in braces.
Most Morita Orthodontics patients wear braces one time. In some cases is a two-stage treatment approach required. In a two-stage approach, phase one typically focuses on a specific skeletal, growth & developmental-area, while the second phase completes the dental corrective treatment.
There are many treatment options available, including traditional metal braces, ceramic braces or the Aiea and Honolulu Invisalign system of custom fitted, clear plastic trays. We’ll help you understand the options that will work best for your smile goals and the approximate timeline for completion. Regular appointments and carefully following instructions will help you complete your treatment on schedule. For example, if wearing rubber bands is part of the treatment plan, doing so consistently is essential!
Braces can work wonders for your smile, but the work isn’t done when the braces come off. Be sure to follow instructions on wearing your retainer. Your retainer keeps your smile looking new, but not wearing it can undo the work your braces did. We see many adult patients who wore braces as a youth, but their teeth shifted because they didn’t wear their retainer.
At Morita Orthodontics, we recommend that patients wear their retainers for the long term. We want them to have a smile for a lifetime! We also know that sometimes patients lose their retainers, no matter how hard they try not to. If that does happen to you (heaven forbid), please contact us right away so that we can get you a replacement as soon as possible, before the teeth start to move. We promise we won’t be mad at you!
RE: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
To our valued patients,
In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), President Trump, the American Dental Association and the Hawaii Dental Association are recommending all dentists postpone nonemergency dental procedures for 2 weeks. Our practice is committed to protecting the community and avoiding using valuable resources that our first responders and frontline healthcare providers will need.
Our office will be closed effective today, Wednesday, March 18, and we plan to resume regular hours on Wednesday, April 1. If you are experiencing a true dental emergency including swelling or severe tooth pain, please call your general dentist office, and listen closely as emergency contact info will be available. For all nonemergent questions, please email us at [email protected].
We are so sorry for the burden this places on your schedules, but your continued health and safety are our number one priority. Our office is working diligently to reschedule all patients with existing appointments within the next 2 weeks. We will continue to evaluate the situation as it evolves and determine on a weekly basis when it is appropriate for us to return to normal orthodontic patient care. We ask for your compassion and understanding at this time as we all work together to keep Hawaii healthy.
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