The following are the most commonly asked questions about braces and orthodontic care provided by the JU School of Orthodontics. If you have a question not addressed here, please ask your doctor.
How does orthodontic care improve self-image?
Scientific research has repeatedly shown the mouth and face to be focal points of communication and social interaction. There can be little doubt that an attractive facial appearance and smile can improve the quality of life in many dimensions. People evaluate one another based on physical characteristics, particularly the face. Attractive people have more opportunities for success.
A face with a smile is more attractive than one without.
- When viewing the face, attention is drawn to the eyes and the teeth first
- People who do not smile are perceived to be stern or unhappy
- Is it too late to have braces if I am already an adult?
- A surprising percentage of orthodontic patients are adults. Health, happiness and self-esteem are vitally important to adults. No patient is “too old” to wear braces!
What will I learn from the initial examination?
Five important questions will be answered during the initial examination:
- Is there an orthodontic problem and if so, what is it?
- What must be done to correct the problem?
- Will any teeth need to be removed?
- How long will the treatment take to complete?
- How much will the treatment cost?