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Do you have questions about orthodontic treatment in Fairlawn and Medina, Ohio? Read our FAQ page to find answers! If you have additional questions or want to schedule your consultation with our orthodontists, Dr. Zachary Mellion, Dr. Alex Mellion or Dr. Joseph Mellion, please contact our team at Mellion Orthodontics.

What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a specialized field of dentistry dedicated to diagnosing, preventing and treating dental and facial irregularities, such as misaligned teeth and jaws. Orthodontists are dental specialists who undergo two to three years of additional training after dental school to expertly manage tooth movement and guide facial development.

When should my child have their first orthodontic screening?

The American Association of Orthodontists® recommends that children have their initial orthodontic screening by the age of seven. By this time, several permanent teeth have emerged, making it easier to detect and address any developing issues promptly.

Am I too old for orthodontic treatment?

No! While orthodontic treatment is commonly associated with children and teenagers, an increasing number of adults are seeking orthodontic care to enhance their smiles and overall oral health. As long as your teeth and supporting structures are healthy, you can benefit from orthodontic treatment at any age.

What are my options for braces?

There are several types of braces available today, including traditional metal braces, ceramic or clear braces and clear aligners. During your consultation with our experienced orthodontists, we will help you determine which option best suits your needs and preferences.

How do I maintain oral hygiene with braces?

Maintaining good oral hygiene is crucial while wearing braces. Here are some essential steps to keep your teeth and braces clean:

  • Brush your teeth at least three times a day, especially after meals.
  • Thoroughly clean around your brackets and wires.
  • Floss daily, using a floss threader if necessary to reach between your braces.
  • Rinse your mouth after brushing.
  • Avoid certain foods that can damage braces.

Neglecting oral hygiene during orthodontic treatment can lead to tooth damage, decay or prolonged treatment duration.

Can I discreetly straighten my teeth?

Yes! Clear ceramic braces, clear aligners and other discreet options are available for patients who prefer a more subtle approach to orthodontic treatment. Our goal is to help you achieve a beautiful smile while ensuring your comfort and confidence throughout the process.

What should I do in case of an orthodontic emergency?

If you experience an orthodontic emergency, such as a broken appliance or wire irritation, please contact our office immediately. We will provide guidance on how to manage the situation until you can see our orthodontists and team for proper care.

How long will my orthodontic treatment last?

The duration of orthodontic treatment varies for each patient depending on their specific needs and treatment plan. With advancements in technology, orthodontic treatment has become faster, more comfortable and more effective than ever before, making it an ideal time to achieve your desired smile.

Can an orthodontist help with jaw problems?

Yes, orthodontists are trained to address various orthodontic problems, including jaw irregularities such as overbites, underbites, open bites, crossbites, protruding front teeth and unmatched dental midlines. Dentofacial orthopedics, a specialized area within orthodontics, focuses on controlling and modifying facial growth to achieve optimal facial balance and function.

We are dedicated to providing comprehensive orthodontic care to help you achieve a straighter, healthier and more attractive smile. If you have any further questions or would like to schedule a consultation, please contact our office.

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