Frequently Asked Questions
Why is orthodontic treatment important?
When your teeth are aligned, it is easier to clean, and that can make them more resistant to decay and less prone to gum disease and tooth loss. Alignment may also prevent tooth and jaw discomfort that can come from uneven wear. A great smile always gives a great first impression! Our smiles are a big part of our identity and how we are perceived by our peers. Improving your smile is one of the most valuable investments you can make to improve your overall appearance and self image.
How do parents know if their child needs orthodontic treatment?
The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that all children get a check-up with an orthodontist no later than age seven. By age 7, enough permanent teeth have arrived for orthodontists to evaluate how the teeth and jaws meet, and to identify current or developing problems. If a problem is detected, the orthodontist and parents can discuss when treatment may be necessary. It is important to choose an orthodontist who is a member of the AAO, like Dr. Yang for example. Orthodontists receive an additional two to three years of specialized education beyond dental school to learn the proper way to align and straighten teeth.
What is the average cost of orthodontic treatment?
Orthodontic fees will vary, depending on the treatment and how long you will need treatment for. Dr. Yang offers convenient payment plans, making treatment more affordable than ever. Most orthodontists will work with you to find a plan that fits your
family budget. In addition, many patients have dental insurance that includes orthodontic benefits.
What is a Frenectomy you might ask?
A Frenectomy is the removal of the frenum in the mouth. A frenum is a muscular attachment between two tissues. It can be a small fold of tissue that prevents an organ in the body from moving too far. There are several different locations in the mouth where frenum is found. The most common location is between the two upper central incisors. Frenum can prevent teeth from staying in place after they have been orthodontically moved together. The frenum at the lower front teeth may pull the gum away from the teeth and cause gum recession.