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As your orthodontist in Springfield, we frequently hear a lot of misconceptions about metal braces being passed around. Read our braces FAQs to learn the truth about traditional braces.

What Do Orthodontists Do?

An orthodontist is different from a dentist in Springfield, though one person may be both a dentist and an orthodontist. A person giving orthopedic care is trained to not only address oral health, but also to consider the entire bone structure of the face. Metal braces will impact the cheeks, jaw, lips, and other areas of the face. This is why it is important to choose an experienced orthodontist.

When Should Orthodontic Care Start?

Many of our patients in Springfield are surprised to hear that we recommend children as young as seven years old see an orthodontist for a checkup. A trained orthodontist can spot problems before they are truly problems, and correct them with much gentler and more affordable treatments. In some cases, your child may avoid years of metal braces with early treatment. However, no one is too old to receive orthodontics care. Adults should also have their teeth alignment and bite alignment checked regularly.

Do False Teeth Make Metal Braces Impossible?

Dental crowns will move just like a natural tooth, so you can wear traditional braces if you have a dental crown. And in fact, if you have missing teeth, braces are very important to prevent the remaining teeth from moving.

Learn More About Braces in Springfield

There are many more braces FAQs that we can answer for you at your consultation. Come in to discuss how braces can help protect your health, enhance your appearance, and give you the confidence to smile freely. Our Springfield office can be reached during regular business hours by phone at 417-888-0771, or contact us online.