What is an Orthodontist?
Do I need to be referred by my general dentist in order to schedule and appointment?
No you do not need a referral by your general dentist to schedule a consultation at our office.
What age should my child see an orthodontist?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends having your child be seen as early as age 7 by an orthodontist. The orthodontist can examine if there are any major concerns in regards to how the teeth and jaws are developing.
What is Phase I and Phase II Treatment?
If needed, Phase I treatment is most commonly recommended around ages 7-9 while your child still has most of his or her baby teeth. Some issues the orthodontist will look for are crossbites, skeletal discrepancies, extreme crowding, and periodontal issues caused by misaligned teeth that can cause major problems while your child is developing. The major problems will be fixed first and then your child will have a break before Phase II treatment. Phase II usually occurs a couple of years later when the rest of the adult teeth have come into the mouth. Phase II treatment finishes when an ideal bite and smile is achieved.
Can Adults have braces or aligners?
Yes! It is never too late to get the smile you always wanted.
Does orthodontic treatment hurt?
There may be some discomfort in the first week or so while you get adjusted to the appliances. After that initial period, everything should go back to normal.
How often do I have to come in for appointments?
Patient’s will be seen in a 4-8 week interval depending on what we are trying to accomplish. The interval will be determined at each appointment by the doctor.
How long will orthodontic treatment take?
Everyone’s teeth are unique so it really depends on what goals we are trying to achieve. Most patients are in treatment for 6-24 months. In certain instances due to case difficulty, treatment time can exceed 24 months. Breaking brackets and non compliance with directions may also increase treatment time.
Do I have to wear a retainer?
Retainer wear is required in order to maintain the results you’ve worked so hard to achieve. There is no guarantee that the teeth will not shift a little throughout your lifetime If you decide not to wear them.