The Ultimate Orthodontics for Kids Quiz

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What does malocclusion mean?

Malocclusion is a generic term for misaligned teeth. Most people have some sort of malocclusion, but not everyone seeks treatment for it.

When did people start wearing braces?

It's hard to believe, but braces have been around since ancient times. Historians think that the earliest braces were made of base metals and catgut. Imaging that in your mouth!

Edward Angle is known as the father of modern orthodontics. When did he practice?

Angle became a dentist in 1876 and was a professor of orthodontics for a while before deciding in 1899 to concentrate solely on practicing orthodontics as a doctor.

How many years of school must students complete after their undergraduate degree to get an orthodontics degree?

After undergrad comes four years of dentistry school and then two to three years of orthodontics school -- so six to seven years total.

At what age should children first see an orthodontist?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends kids first see an orthodontist by age 7. An orthodontist might be able to detect jaw or bite problems early and start fixing them before they become serious.

About what percentage of orthodontics patients are adults?

The American Association of Orthodontists says that about 1 in 5 patients are adults, so around 20 percent.

If you're seeing an orthodontist, about how often will you have appointments?

Patients typically see their orthodontist about every 6 weeks to 12 weeks.

True or False: If your orthodontist recommends braces, you'll be a wearing them for at least a year.

It all depends on why you're wearing braces. It's a good possibility you'll be in braces for more than a year, but you could also get lucky and be able to remove them within a few months.

True or False: Orthodontic treatment helps lower your risk of gum disease.

Straight teeth are easier to clean, so you definitely have less chance of developing gum disease if you see an orthodontist.

About how much should you expect to pay for a full orthodontics treatment for a child?

According to the Journal of Clinical Orthodontics, it will cost about $2,000 for a child's full course of treatment. Adult patients can expect to shell out more than $5,000.

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About This Quiz

If you've got a mouthful of crooked, mismatched chompers, don't fret. You're not alone, and this quiz will help you figure out how to get that straight, beautiful smile of your dreams.

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