Frequently Asked Questions

    1. At what age should I schedule an orthodontic evaluation?  Dr Youngblade would like to see a patient at any age the patients general dentist has concerns. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic evaluation no later than age seven.

    2. What age is too old for braces? There really is not an age when you are too old for braces. Healthy teeth can be safely moved at almost any age. We have successfully treated patients into their eighties. Many adults are deciding to benefit from adult orthodontics.

    3. Will I have to have teeth removed? The majority of cases are successfully treated without the need to extract permanent teeth. Dr. Youngblade is very conservative and will explain treatment recommendations in detail before any action is required.

    4. Can I get the clear braces? Yes. There are fixed clear braces that are significantly less noticeable and removable clear appliances such as :that are available. Dr. Youngblade will discuss the different options available and most appropriate for your case.

    5. What are self-ligating braces? These braces are designed with a door that closes to hold the wires in place and so do not need wire or elastic ties. This allows for lower friction to the wires and more efficient movement of the teeth and can help shorten treatment time. We are excited to offer these braces to our patients.

    6. Can I still get the color ties? Yes. Since we use the new self-ligating braces color ties are not required. Despite that we understand that choosing new colors can be a fun part of treatment and color ties are available as long as they will not slow the treatment.

    7. How long will I be in braces? The length of treatment varies depending on the severity of the case. The average treatment time average is under two years, but there are many variables. Dr. Youngblade will give you an estimate of the length of treatment at the first visit.

    8. Does it hurt to put the braces on? It does not hurt to have the braces placed, needles or anesthesia are not required.

    9. Are orthodontic problems inherited?  Many orthodontic problems are inherited.  A few examples that are not include problems related to thumb/finger sucking, early loss of baby teeth, dental disease, trauma to the teeth and jaws, and some medical conditions. Inherited dental traits can often be seen in extended family members.

Charles J. Youngblade, DDS • 1802 W.Cumberland St. • Dunn, NC 28334 • Ph: 910-892-1054

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