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Common questions

What is orthodontics? 

Orthodontics is the study of diagnosis, prevention and treatment of irregularities in the teeth (especially of alignment and occlusion) and jaws, using an array of specialized appliances. 


Difference between a dentist and an orthodontist? 

Orthodontists and dentists both help patients improve their oral health, but in different ways, and often, cooperatively as a team.  Orthodontists are specialists within the dental field that have completed years of additional training that focuses on correcting bites, occlusion, and the straightness of teeth in addition to overall oral health.  

What are braces? 

Braces are an appliance used to help your orthodontist manipulate your teeth and bite to better your alignment, occlusion and overall smile.  Braces come in many forms and methods such as the following: 

  • Clear Ceramic Braces

  • Clear Removable Aligners

  • Lingual Braces

  • Traditional Metal Braces

When should I or my child see an orthodontist? 

If you want to improve the look and/or functionality of your smile, then any age is a great age to see the orthodontist. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children first visit an orthodontist around the age of seven; however, orthodontic treatment is not exclusive to children and teens, with about one in every five orthodontic patients being over the age of 21. Whether you're considering treatment for yourself or for a child, any time is a good time to visit the orthodontist. 

How long will I have to wear braces?

Each patient and treatment plan can vary tremendously depending on the patient's unique teeth, bite and orthodontic needs.  With that being said, most orthodontic treatment lies within the wide range of 4-32 months, with an average treatment time of 18 months.


Does orthodontic treatment hurt?

The new and unfamiliar feeling of appliances in the mouth can create some discomfort in the first 1-5 days after beginning, along with some pressure created by the new pressures being applied.  This should not interfere with school, work or other activities.  Most report adjusting and feeling back to normal within the first week.


Do I need a referral to schedule an appointment?

No! You can contact our office at ANY time to schedule a free consultation for yourself or your child. (See contact us tab)  Although we are a specialty, and your dentist may want to send a referral to provide us with additional information, it is not required.  Also, when you schedule, we call you dentist to get any updated x rays or treatment information ahead of time in order to make the very best of your first visit.  

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