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Phoenix Orthodontics Technology

It wasn’t long ago that children and adults in need of braces didn’t have a lot of options. A visit to the orthodontist meant metal braces that wrapped all the way around every tooth – a true “metal mouth.” Fortunately times have changed, and the technological advances in orthodontics have brought aesthetics and comfort in teeth straightening to an exciting new level. Budd Orthodontics of Phoenix, Arizona strives to offer its patients the latest in orthodontic technology; products ranging from Invisalign to clear braces and beyond. And as their patients will tell you, it’s great to have options!

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Comfortable Orthodontic Options in Phoenix and Scottsdale

Adults and children in need of orthodontic treatment are living in a great era when it comes to straightening their teeth. No longer do braces have to be ugly, painful, or expensive. In fact, they can be affordable and, yes, even fun! For the uninitiated this concept may seem a bit far-fetched, but the professional staff of Budd Orthodontics in Phoenix, Arizona reminds you that it’s true. With great choices ranging from clear braces to metal braces with different colors to Invisalign, teeth straightening doesn’t have to be like it was 20 years ago.

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What is the Purpose of an Orthodontic Retainer?

shutterstock_205365574Congratulations! You have spent months working toward your perfect smile, and you finally made it! You can now eat foods you have had to avoid due to their sticky or hard nature. However, there are still some important things to understand to keep your smile as perfect as it was the day your braces were removed.

After a patient completes orthodontic care, they are fitted and provided a retainer. According to Dr. John Budd, the retainer is as important – if not more important – than the braces themselves.  A properly worn retainer will keep you smiling for years to come with well-aligned teeth.   However, the retainer cannot do its job for you if you do not wear it at appropriate times.

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Why Success is Determined by First Impressions

ladder.to.successWalk through any bookstore or have a look through a handful of websites that talk about self-enrichment. Chances are career and personal development advice is readily available. Nearing the top of almost every list is how appearance counts. Regardless of whether your idea of success is career-driven or in relation to nurturing personal relationships, the unfortunate truth is that many people will often overlook you if you do not “look the part.”

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Top Five Orthodontic-Related Questions Parents Want Answered

Your child’s dentist has called you into the office to recommend orthodontic care for your child. While your child is all smiles, enjoying their sugar free treat or sticker, your head is spinning with common orthodontic-related questions. This guide may help you explore the world of child orthodontics.

shutterstock_99252848Why an orthodontist and not my routine dentist?
As aforementioned in an earlier blog, orthodontists receive additional training beyond that required to become a dentist. The extra residency training adds on two to three years of orthodontic expertise. The residency training is additionally backed by the American Dental Association, and to-be orthodontists become members of the American Association of Orthodontists upon completion of their residency training.

Did I do something wrong with my child’s teeth? Should I have done something differently to prevent the need for braces?
Every mouth is different, and while some habits can play a part in teeth development problems, orthodontic problems are mostly a cause of genetics or unforeseen developmental issues. Orthodontic treatment can also be completed as interceptive treatment. It can help correct crowded teeth, jaw growth or development problems, ectopic tooth growth, gaps, overbites, late-bloomer tooth eruption and more.

What age do I need to start my child’s treatment?
While your dentist monitors your child’s teeth and jaw development, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that each child have an initial orthodontic consultation when your child is seven. Most initial consultations are free or reduced cost. The assessment is intended to be educational, not a scare tactic.

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How long can I expect my child to need corrective dental care?
Just like stated earlier, every case is different because of the variety of orthodontic problems that need to be considered. Most children, however, complete their orthodontic care in between two or three years. Upon the completion of braces, it is highly recommended to wear a retainer to continue to hold the teeth’s final position. Many adults require orthodontic treatment a second time even if they already had treatment as a child because they stopped wearing a retainer. Bonus: If there was early orthodontic care in your child’s life, the second phase of treatment will usually be a shorter time frame.

What are braces going to cost me?
Each child has individualized needs, and those costs are approximated upon their care. Invisalign and clear braces provide additional options to the traditional metal braces, so the cost can vary significantly depending on the treatment options chosen.
shutterstock_64593577Money-saving tips:
1. Get second opinions
2. Look for incentives including low-interest financing and discounts for payment in full.
3. Compare insurance plans and get the plan which provides the best orthodontic benefits.

Orthodontic treatment does not have to overwhelm you. We welcome any inquiries, and you can trust our reputable answers. We provide free initial consultations are happy to discuss treatment options with you.  We ultimately are here for you and your child to help you be healthier.

Budd Orthodontists PLLC services both Phoenix and Scottsdale and focuses on child and adult orthodontics. Dr. Budd appeals to a wide variety of clients who are pleased with his services in helping them achieve their teeth goals. For your free consultation, call either the Phoenix location at 602.956.4530 or the Scottsdale location at 602.493.3338 to reserve your appointment time!