Is your office safe during COVID-19?
Our office has always been proactive about patient care, even more so now concerning COVID-19. We follow all the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control, along with the American Dental Association’s recommendations for disinfection and other safety precautions. Dr. Cash has superseded expectations for patient care, and for his staff, by installing HEPA filters with UV lights throughout the practice that disinfect and purify the air and eliminate viruses and germs. He has also created an isolation room for aerosol procedures. We are also excited to have our “extraoral dental suctions unit.” The dental industry has always used personal protective equipment (PPE), but now we have added layers of protection to prevent cross-contamination. We will always exceed “standard of care” at Clark D Cash, DMD, MSD, PLLC.
What is orthodontics?
Orthodontics is the field of dental specialty that focuses on diagnosing, preventing and treating dental and facial irregularities, including misaligned teeth and jaws. An orthodontist is a dental specialist who has received two to three years of additional training following dental school in managing tooth movement and guiding facial development.
When should my child receive their first orthodontic screening?
The American Association of Orthodontists® recommends that children receive their initial orthodontic screening by age 7. At this age, several permanent teeth have erupted and any developing problems will be easy to diagnose and treat.
Am I too old for orthodontic treatment?
No! While the majority of patients who receive orthodontic treatment are children or teenagers, more and more adults are seeking orthodontic treatment to improve their smiles and oral health. As long as your teeth and supporting structures are healthy, you can receive treatment.
What are my options for braces?
There are many types of braces available today. The three most common types of braces are metal braces, ceramic or clear braces, and we offer clear aligners as well. . During your consultation appointment, our orthodontist will help you determine which type of treatment is right for you. To learn more about the braces we offer or schedule your consultation appointment, call our office.
How do I keep my teeth clean with braces?
It is essential to maintain good oral hygiene while you are wearing braces. To keep your smile healthy while wearing braces, we encourage you to follow these steps:
We understand caring for your smile may be difficult while wearing braces, but we encourage you to maintain good oral hygiene. Poor oral hygiene while wearing braces may result in tooth damage, tooth decay or prolonged orthodontic treatment.
Can I discreetly straighten my teeth?
Yes! Clear ceramic braces, clear aligners and other options make it simple for your teeth to be properly but discreetly aligned. We understand that braces can impact a patient’s confidence and self-esteem. Our team wants you to feel and look your best during and after your orthodontic treatment, so call us today to see if discreet straightening techniques are right for you!
What do I do if I have an orthodontic emergency?
If you experience an orthodontic emergency, such as a broken or lost appliance, we urge you to call our office as soon as possible. Even if you have a regular appointment scheduled soon, please call us immediately to let us know that you need an appliance repaired. We will also be able to provide you with any needed instructions on what to do until you can come to see our orthodontist.
Orthodontic emergencies may include:
How long will I need orthodontic treatment?
Orthodontic treatment times vary greatly depending on the patient. With advanced technology, orthodontic treatment is now faster, more comfortable and more effective than in years past, making it a great time to straighten your smile. During your consultation, our orthodontist will work with you to create a treatment plan that suits all of your orthodontic needs.
Can an orthodontist help me with jaw problems?
We are committed to treating all of your orthodontic problems so that you can achieve a smile that is straighter, healthier, more functional and more attractive. Some of the most common orthodontic problems we see at our office include the following:
Dentofacial orthopedics is a type of orthodontic treatment focused on the control and modification of facial growth. Dentofacial orthopedic treatment works to normalize the growth of bone structure and repair the related imbalances of the face and jaws.