FAQ

Questions About Your Orthodontic Care?

At Donaldson 3D Orthodontics, we strive to provide answers to all your orthodontic care questions! We know there are a lot of things to learn about the future of your smile and your oral health, and finding out the answer is best done in collaboration with Dr. Buddy and our team!

There are some questions that we hear pretty regularly, so we’ve gathered those up here to provide you with quick and easy answers! If you still have questions after looking over this FAQ list, don’t hesitate to call us – we’re here to help! You can reach both our offices at 337-465-4139 or by filling out our online contact form. We look forward to helping you!

If you have questions about certain orthodontic terms or definitions, be sure to check out our smile glossary !

Q: What is dentofacial orthopedics?
Q: How does preventative orthodontics work?
Q: What is the shortest orthodontic treatment option?
Q: How do I know if I have sleep apnea?
Q: What is TMD?

Q: What is dentofacial orthopedics?
A: While orthodontics involves the repositioning of your teeth, dentofacial orthopedics involves the repositioning of the bones in your jaw and face. Usually performed on children and learned as part of a specialization in pediatric dentistry, dentofacial orthopedics is the treatment used to correct abnormalities in your child’s oral and facial structure due to improper bone growth.

Dentofacial orthopedics often involves the use of appliances like palate expanders and headgear. With his prior training in pediatric dentistry, Dr. Buddy will know just what equipment and treatment your child needs.

Q: How does preventive orthodontics work?
A: By the time most children see an orthodontist, it’s because they have been referred due to an existing problem. Preventive orthodontics aims to address potential problems before they even arise as well as helping your child’s mouth maintain its shape when a baby tooth is lost early.

We recommend an initial orthodontic visit for all children by their seventh birthday. This will give us a chance to perform a full examination of their jaw position, tooth eruption and growth of permanent teeth, arch shape, and other indicators of healthy jaw and tooth growth. If we catch a problem during that first appointment, we can start working to prevent further complications and expenses later on!

Q: What is the shortest orthodontic treatment option?
A: When it comes to short-term orthodontic treatments, there’s one important thing to be wary of: most quick solutions are only cosmetic and focus on your front four to six teeth. This will help give you a nice, straight smile, but it won’t do anything to fix alignment issues you have!

We offer 3D orthodontics, which is fast due to our ability to get the perfect look at your teeth using advanced digital scanning technology and modeling software. Treatment generally takes only nine months to a year, and we’re taking care of your entire mouth, not just the teeth that show!

It’s important when considering short-term orthodontics to be sure that you aren’t leaving out essential treatment that can leave you with a nice looking but imperfect smile!

Q: How do I know if I have sleep apnea?
A: Diagnosing sleep apnea can be difficult without a sleep study done in a controlled environment, but there are a lot of telltale signs that could indicate you need the treatments available at our office!

  • Loud, persistent snoring that wakes you or other people up
  • Interrupted breathing at night – this can be easily noticed by a sleep partner
  • Insomnia and excessive sleepiness during the day
  • A dry mouth or throat when you wake up

These are only some of the symptoms of sleep apnea. If you think you may need to be treated, don’t hesitate to call us!

Q: What is TMD?
A: Temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD, is a painful condition affecting the joint that connects your jaw to your skull. There are a variety of causes and aggravating factors, most commonly teeth grinding, jaw clenching, or previous trauma to the joint.

TMD sufferers experience jaw pain, muscle tenderness, headaches, lockjaw, difficulty chewing and speaking, and pain in muscles in the neck and shoulders. This is only a short list of the symptoms associated with TMD, which can be painfully debilitating over time. If you believe you are suffering from TMD, we can help you find the perfect solution to relieve pain!

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