What is orthodontics?
Orthodontics (also referred to as dentofacial orthopedics) is a specialized form of dentistry, focusing on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial abnormalities.
Who is an orthodontist?
An Orthodontist is a Dental Specialist who has received an additional 2 – 3 years of education, training, and experience in orthodontics from an institution certified by the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO). Look for the symbol of the AAO to know that you are in fact getting your treatment from an Orthodontist.
What’s the best age to visit the orthodontist?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children by the age of 7 should be seen by an Orthodontist for an evaluation. This doesn’t necessarily mean that treatment will be needed, but it is a good time to be seen. Often, early developing problems can be detected and easily corrected before they develop into a full-blown problem. People of all ages can benefit from orthodontic treatment. The number of adults receiving orthodontic treatment has been steadily increasing so that they make up roughly 25% of all orthodontic patients!
What type of braces do you use?
We offer several types of braces for your treatment. We utilize the more common, traditional metal braces and also clear braces. We also offer self-ligating braces, such as the Damon braces system. In addition to braces, we also offer clear aligner treatment, known as CAT. This treatment includes aligners such as Invisalign and Clear Correct.
If I get braces, how long do I have to wear them?
The amount of time spent in braces can vary depending on the individual patient. Every smile responds differently to treatment. Treatment times can take anywhere between 6 to 30 months; however, most standard treatments take about 22 months.
Do braces hurt?
Placing the braces on your teeth is relatively easy and does not hurt. However, as the teeth begin to move and get adjusted to the pressure from the braces, the teeth will get sore. It normally takes 2 – 5 days for your teeth to get adjusted to the pressure and for the soreness to go away. Eating a softer diet and taking something for the pain, such as Ibuprofen, Naproxen, or Tylenol, will help to get through the first few days of treatment. Some patients don’t have any discomfort at all!
Occasionally the braces may make the inside of your cheeks sore as well. Warm salt water rinses and soft dental wax to cover any rough spots will help until the tissues have time to adjust to the braces. This normally takes a week or two.
How do I schedule an appointment?
Simply call our office! You do not need a referral to schedule a Complimentary Consultation! Our team will be more than happy to schedule an appointment at a time that is convenient for you.