Q: How can Orthodontics help me?
A: Because crooked teeth are often harder to clean, they tend to promote cavities, create gum problems, and lead to root canal treatment or even early loss of teeth. Orthodontics can prevent such worries.

In addition, even without surgery, patient's profiles can be dramatically transformed. From the case files that Dr. Xia has made available, new patients can see for themselves the immense difference that proper alignment can make!

Often, recurrent digestion is caused merely by improper chewing. This can be fixed. In a similar way, proper alignment can open up restricted or partially restricted breathing passages, alleviating some breathing problems that may occur with age.

More importantly, research indicates that oral bacteria plays a direct role in cardiovascular disease. In these cases, calcium, which dissolves in the mouth, is deposited in the arteries. In many instances, research also shows that people who, as children, wore braces, have a lower probability of being diagnosed with such a disease.

Q: Do braces hurt?
A: After the first few days, any initial soreness should pass. One way to alleviate soreness is to exercise the jaw muscles by chewing as much as possible. Another alternative is to simply take Ibuprofen.

Q: When should I get braces?
A: Most doctors recommend braces for people between the ages of 11-14, because at that stage, most of the baby teeth should be gone. Of course, different situations require different treatment. For example, for patients who have crossbite, treatment may begin when the patient is as young as 4, (if he can be taught to cooperate) in order to promote normal growth of the jaw.

Q: How much does it cost?
A: Typical treatment ranges in price from $3,000 to $8,000. Over the course of treatments, patients will visit the doctor many, many times. However, considering the fact that the treatment can provide a healthier, more attractive smile for a lifetime, it's well worth the money!

Q: What is Two Stage Treatment?
A: This treatment is recommended only for more severe problems. At age 8-9, the patient would experience "interceptive orthodontic treatment" in which his jaw is expanded and his mouth is reshaped. At 11-14, after the permanent teeth have come in, the second stage of treatment would commence.

Q: What will lingual braces be like?
A: Most people, after the first few weeks, will adjust quite well to the lingual braces and will not need additional aids or appliances thereafter. Some, however, may be more sensitive and may develop canker sores as they adjust.

There are ways to make the transition easier. Patients should learn to swallow without pushing tongue against teeth. They should practice enunciation with the appliances. In addition, they should not overuse the wax provided to reduce irritation, as this will inhibit adjustment. Gargling with warm saltwater, or taking aspirin can reduce the general soreness. For the first few days, patients should refrain from hard foods and practice breaking food into smaller pieces before chewing it.

There will be a transitional period for new patients. However, with practice and patience, they can speed up the process of acclimation and work towards creating a smile that they've always dreamed of.