Orthodontic FAQs

Ever tried Googling something like “frequently asked questions about orthodontics?” Yikes, that’s a lot of hits! If only someone would write an accessible orthodontic FAQ. Our team at Lifetime Orthodontics has done just that! Our practice, led by the one and only Dr. Wesley, is the destination for stunning smiles and sturdy chompers in not one but TWO amazing locations – Clinton Township and Grosse Pointe. Now, let’s address some of the questions you likely have. 

Defining “Orthodontics” In Simple Terms

Are you thinking, “Ortho-what now?” Don’t sweat it; you’re not alone! Orthodontics is like the backstage crew in the theater of dentistry – working out all the behind-the-scenes (or under-the-gums) stuff with your teeth. Simply put, it’s all about ensuring your or your kiddos’ teeth grow straight and strong!

But why the early start for the little ones? Picture orthodontics like a friendly neighborhood superhero. It swoops in early, saving your kids from future troubles with biting, chewing, or chatting. And hey, it’s not just about having picture-perfect teeth. It’s also about helping your kids feel super confident with their sparkling smiles. And here at Lifetime Orthodontics, with our amazing Dr. Wesley, we’re all about turning those smile dreams into a dazzling reality!

Orthodontist Qualifications And Board Certification

You may be asking, “What’s an orthodontist, anyway?” Think of an orthodontist as a powered-up dentist who’s studied an extra two to three years. They focused purely on orthodontics, the science of straightening teeth and aligning jaws. They’re masters at ensuring your or your child’s smile is healthy and dazzling.

Now, let’s level up the game even more! Enter board-certified orthodontists. Like our very own Dr. Wesley! Earning this badge of honor is a big deal. It means the orthodontist has voluntarily aced a rigorous examination process, proving they are committed to delivering the highest standard of patient care.

Consider board certification as the cherry on top of an orthodontist’s qualifications. It’s their pledge to stay up-to-date with the latest advances in patient care, and it symbolizes a dedication to the specialty that is second to none. So, having a board-certified orthodontist like Dr. Wesley in your corner is like getting a first-class ticket to the land of perfect smiles!

Your Choices At Lifetime Orthodontics

We proudly offer an array of treatments to cater to all your orthodontic needs. Our options include traditional metal braces, upgraded for maximum comfort and effectiveness. These tried-and-true champions are perfect for tackling a multitude of tooth troubles.

In the realm of near-invisibility, we offer Invisalign – a series of clear, custom-made aligners that blend seamlessly with your teeth. Perfect for those seeking a “covert” approach, these aligners can be removed for meals, brushing, and of course, those all-important selfies.

We also provide modern alternatives such as clear or “ceramic” braces. Crafted from clear or tooth-colored ceramic materials, these braces harmonize with your natural tooth color, offering an aesthetically pleasing solution for straightening smiles.

But our powers don’t stop there! Our services extend to treating Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD), affecting the joint connecting your jaw to your skull. Suppose you’re experiencing symptoms like jaw pain, headaches, or difficulty biting. In that case, our team will thoroughly examine and create a personalized treatment plan to help you.

And let’s remember our contribution to the battle against sleep apnea. Sleep apnea interrupts your breathing. Not breathing during sleep often leads to daytime fatigue and other ailments. Though we are not ENT specialists, we can figure out if you should consult with one.

When Does Dr. Wesley Begin Treating My Kids?

Determining the right time for your child’s first orthodontist visit can seem tricky. However, the American Association of Orthodontists (along with our doctor) recommends a check-up by age 7. Even though your child’s teeth might appear straight, there could be underlying issues with jaw growth and emerging teeth. So, it’s better to be safe than sorry!

Aside from age, watch for signs that your child may need an orthodontic check-up. These could include difficulty chewing or biting, thumb sucking beyond age 5, crowded or misplaced teeth, or jaws that pop or shift. At Lifetime Orthodontics, we help guide your child’s teeth to a dazzling future.

Your Treatment Time Frame

Regarding orthodontic treatment duration, we understand you’re eager to achieve that beautiful smile as soon as possible. At Lifetime Orthodontics, we’re all about making your journey effective without compromising on the warm and friendly atmosphere we’re known for.

Now, how long does orthodontic treatment take? Well, it varies from person to person based on factors like the complexity of your case and the specific treatment option you choose. Rest assured, during your initial consultation with our fantastic team, led by Dr. Wesley, we’ll provide a personalized treatment plan and clearly tell you how long your orthodontic journey might take.

So, while we can only give an exact timeframe by evaluating your unique situation, trust that we’ll do everything we can to make your orthodontic treatment efficient, enjoyable, and, most importantly, worth the wait. Get ready to show off that gorgeous smile sooner than you think!

Get Your Treatment At Lifetime Orthodontics

Lifetime Orthodontics has two fantastic locations in Grosse Pointe Woods and Clinton Township. Dr. Wesley and the rest of our team can’t wait to see your smile! It’s simple, and here comes the best part: we invite you to step into our world for real! That’s right; we’re offering a FREE consultation to help you kickstart your journey to the dazzling smile you or your kiddo have always dreamed of. Click here to schedule your free consultation.