Orthodontic FAQs


Orthodontics is a form of dentistry that focuses on diagnosing, preventing, and correcting dental and facial abnormalities that are either functional or cosmetic in nature.

Orthodontists are doctors with dental degrees who, after getting their degrees, completed two to three years of additional training and received a certificate in orthodontics. They are able to correct tooth position, realign the jaws, and improve the function of the mouth.

The American Association of Orthodontists suggests that children first see an orthodontist right around age seven. At this age, children have enough permanent teeth for their tooth relationships to be clear. However, there is no one who is too old to see an orthodontist.

While the instructions can vary depending on what type of appliance you are wearing, all will come with similar recommendations:

  • Brush your teeth after every meal
  • Floss twice a day
  • See the dentist twice a year

Braces are one type of appliance your orthodontist may use to correct problems with your teeth. There are many different types of braces available today, including those that are invisible or nearly invisible when worn. All of them move the teeth by directing force through wires connected to brackets.

That varies between patients. For some, it is as little as six months, while others will be in braces for three years. Most patients spend 22 months wearing braces.

At times, orthodontic treatment can be uncomfortable, but the vast majority of therapies cause nothing more than a little soreness and discomfort that quickly gets better as you get used to your appliance. The primary exception to this is jaw surgery, but few patients require such an intervention.

Dental care is more important than ever when you wear orthodontic appliances. They can trap food in spots your brush cannot access, making it easier to develop cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease. Also, you teeth can end up stained, leaving behind the patterns of your appliance on your teeth.

Just give us a call. We would be happy to help you schedule your initial consultation.


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