Questions to Ask Your Orthodontist

Choosing the best orthodontic treatment for your child can sometimes be tricky. At Dentistry at Happy Canyon, we take a specialized focus to orthodontics which allows us to provide a precise diagnosis and treatment plan based on healthy models of proper and natural bites. We also encourage you to seek second opinions so that you can find the treatment that is best for your child. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Travis Haws, our caring dentist, and learn more about orthodontics in Castle Rock and Castle Pines, Colorado, call us today at 303-688-3800.

Here are some questions that you should ask when considering orthodontic treatment:

How will orthodontic treatment affect the airway?

Your ability to breathe is critical to your ability to survive. We use advanced imaging in combination with orthodontic treatment and other sleep apnea treatments to keep your airway open so that you can enjoy a healthy quality of life and breathe easily.

How are orthodontics dentistry and the airway related?

If your airway is not fully functional, it can lead to obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which in turn causes or contributes to a wide range of medical and health issues. Orthodontic treatment, combined with appropriate dental care, helps ensure that your airway is positioned correctly and unobstructed. Please contact our office to learn more about sleep apnea treatment.

What are my doctor’s specific treatment goals, and do they include a biologic health model?

Our goal is to straighten your teeth and correct bad bites so that your teeth can function properly. This provides both a cosmetic and functional result, and each step of your treatment will be based on a biologic health model to provide you with the best results.

Will my doctor mount my diagnostic models on a jaw simulator to accurately evaluate my bite and jaw joints?

Our dentist will use a chewing stimulator in conjunction with diagnostic models to evaluate your bite and jaw joints. This allows us to simulate treatment outcomes.

How will my orthodontic provider evaluate the positions of my jaw joints and teeth before, during and after treatment?

One of the highest priorities in providing orthodontic treatment is establishing a healthy jaw joint. All orthodontic treatments are carefully evaluated at each appointment so that we can monitor the position of your TMJ (jaw joint) and ensure that your teeth and jaws fit together properly.

Will a CBCT scanner be used to provide diagnostic information in treated areas?

We use advanced imaging technologies to gain a complete understanding of your oral health needs. The information this imaging process provides allows us to determine which type of treatment will work best for you and to track the progress of your treatment.

How will my doctor ensure proper form of my teeth and successful treatment?

We use high-tech, 3D digital imaging to determine TMJ health in conjunction with the jaw bones, skull bones, airway, sinus and nasal passages. A complete evaluation of these areas forms a critical part of our diagnosis and allows us to ensure that you receive the best possible care and results from your treatment.