Frequently Asked Questions

What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that focuses on correcting misaligned teeth and jaws to achieve a harmonious and healthy smile.

When should my child first see an orthodontist?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an initial orthodontic evaluation by age 7. However, treatment may not be needed at this stage.

How do I know if I need orthodontic treatment as an adult?

Adults can benefit from orthodontic treatment, too. If you have concerns about your teeth or bite, schedule a consultation with our orthodontist to explore your options.

What are the different types of orthodontic treatments available?

Orthodontic treatments include braces (metal, ceramic, and custom), aligners (Invisalign), and other specialized appliances to address various dental issues.

How long does orthodontic treatment typically take?

Treatment duration varies based on individual needs. On average, orthodontic treatment lasts 18-24 months but can be shorter or longer.

Is orthodontic treatment painful?

Discomfort is common in the initial days after getting braces or aligners. Over-the-counter pain relievers and orthodontic wax can help alleviate this.

How do I care for my braces or aligners?

We provide comprehensive instructions on how to care for your orthodontic appliances. This includes proper cleaning and maintenance.

Can I eat normally with braces or aligners?

Certain foods should be avoided with braces to prevent damage, but you can typically enjoy most foods with aligners.

How often should I schedule orthodontic appointments?

Regular appointments are essential for adjusting braces or monitoring aligner progress. They are usually scheduled every 6-8 weeks.

Are there age limits for orthodontic treatment?

Orthodontic treatment can be beneficial for individuals of all ages. There is no upper age limit.

How much does orthodontic treatment cost, and do you offer financing options?

The cost of treatment varies depending on individual needs. We offer in-house financing options and work with insurance providers to make orthodontic care affordable.

What can I expect during the initial consultation?

The consultation involves a thorough examination, discussing your goals, and exploring treatment options. We'll answer all your questions and provide a treatment plan tailored to your needs.