What is orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a specialized process that focuses on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial abnormalities.
What is an orthodontist?
An orthodontist is a dental professional with additional education and experience. An orthodontist has to become a dentist first, then obtain an additional 2-3 years of education and experience to become an orthodontist. All orthodontists are dentists but not all dentists are orthodontists.
What's the best age to visit the orthodontist?
The recommendation is that children receive their first orthodontic screening around the age of 7. However, it is never too late to visit the orthodontist. Generally, healthy individuals of any age are eligible for orthodontic treatment.
How do I care for my teeth while wearing braces or a retainer?
The key to taking care of your teeth while wearing braces or a retainer is hygiene. Brush your teeth following each meal and floss at least once per day. Visit your dentist every six months for regular checkups and cleanings. Avoid any foods that can damage your appliance and anything high in sugar as it promotes cavities.
What are braces?
Braces are an appliance that orthodontists employ to shift your teeth into the optimal position. Types of braces include ceramic braces, custom braces, lingual braces, and traditional metal braces.
If I get braces, how long do I have to wear them?
It varies from patient to patient, most treatments are completed in 6-30 months with the average being 22 months.
Can I straighten my teeth without braces?
Yes! We offer clear aligners that are nearly invisible trays that go over your teeth and straighten your teeth. They are custom-made to fit your teeth so they are very comfortable.
Do braces hurt?
Braces are not painful, however, you may experience some discomfort for a few days following initial placement or an adjustment.
How do I schedule my next appointment?
Scheduling your next appointment is very easy, just call us and one of our friendly team members will schedule a time to visit us that is convenient to you.