Common Questions About Orthodontics

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Have Questions About Your Orthodontic Care? Let Us Help!

If you have any questions about your orthodontic care, orthodontic financing, orthodontic insurance, orthodontic treatment options, or our doctors, please let us know. We’d absolutely love to help.

Of course, feel free to contact us our orthodontic offices directly. We’d be happy to chat!

What Should You Expect From Your Time With Us?

Our goal is to exceed our patients’ expectations, always.

We believe you should expect the best possible orthodontic results and the best possible experience. We believe you and your family deserve the highest level of care possible. That’s why your experience matters, and that’s why we pay attention to even the most minute details – because it all matters.

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Orthodontic FAQs

How Do I know If My Child Needs Orthodontic Care?

This is difficult question for LOTS of parents.

Lack of space between baby teeth, crowding, cross bites, over bites. Even if your child’s teeth look straight, there may be problems that require the expertise of an orthodontist. Regular dental check ups may alert you to the need for specialized orthodontic treatment, but examination by a dedicated orthodontist is recommended for all children from the age of 7.

We offer free initial consultations where we can assess your child and offer any recommendations. Early detection is the best prevention against future difficult treatment for your child, but many problems may resolve on their own, and we can help guide you whatever your needs!

What Are Some Signs That Someone Needs Orthodontic Care?

There are many signs that you or your child could need orthodontic care. We’ll help you figure out what to look for!
here are some things to look out for at any age which could necessitate an appointment with an orthodontist for further evaluation.

These Symptoms Include:

  • Embarrassment while talking or smiling
  • Hiding your smile
  • Difficulty in chewing or biting food
  • Difficulty cleaning teeth or removing food stuck between your teeth

What Is Two-Phase Treatment and Why Does It Matter?

Two-phase treatment is an approach to a great smile.  First we work to prevent larger orthodontic treatments by helping a younger child who has orthodontic concerns while their teeth are still developing (Phase 1). Then we address problems of alignment later in life(Phase 2).

Two-phase treatment isn’t a chance for orthodontists to prolong your time spent in braces or at the office, we promise! It’s simply our best way to care for you depending on how your teeth are developing and guarantee a great end result.

The first phase of treatment, Phase I, aims to treat common problems early, such as crossbites (of the front or back teeth) and crowding. This phase of treatment usually begins while the permanent front teeth are erupting (typically around the age of 8-9), and can help to turn a difficult orthodontic problem into a more manageable one. It can also greatly help improve self-confidence if embarrassment has occurred due to position of the developing teeth. We usually recommend this treatment when waiting could cause orthodontic problems or social problems to worsen.

The second phase of treatment, Phase II, is recommended after all permanent teeth have completed eruption. This serves to complete proper alignment which cannot be achieved with baby teeth present.

Does Everyone Need Phase One (Phase 1) Treatment?


We evaluate to find out if this will save you time, expense and hassle down the road. But the majority of our patients can wait until they have all their permanent teeth to begin treatment.

Braces Hurt When I Was A Kid? Do They Hurt Now?!

You can expect them to feel unusual and uncomfortable for the first few days after placement, or after each adjustment. Using an over-the-counter medication for pain relief will help during this period.

Orthodontic technology and treatment has improved so much in recent years. We now use improved technology and appliances to achieve the same end result in a shorter time. Everything we use and choose works to minimize your discomfort and get you through your treatment as quickly, but carefully, as possible.

How Long Is this Going To Take?

This is hard to say because we assess and treat on a case-by-case basis. An average timeline could be less than 18 months, some take up to 24 months. Our aim is always for the highest quality in orthodontic result, and we’ll take however long it needs to get there.

My Child Is Missing Teeth. Can They Still Get Braces?

We believe getting braces becomes even more necessary to prevent future orthodontic and dental problems when patients have missing teeth. Several problems could result from the spaces left by missing teeth, such as the existing teeth drifting into these spaces. In addition to being visually unattractive, drifting teeth can lead to recession of the surrounding gum tissue, bone loss, difficulty with normal dental function, and the inability to have the missing teeth properly replaced. If we can fix your dental alignment, this will often fix these problems and provide your dentist the ideal space to replace the missing teeth and restore the smile you desire.

Am I Too Old For Braces?

Never! We have a number of adult patients in our practice! We’re good about making the process great for adults as well.

You may see the pace of your transformation move a little slower than a developing child’s would, but you can still see amazing changes! We’ve treated patients in their 80s!

Do You Pull Teeth?

We do our best to help our patients keep all of their original teeth. Sometimes that requires Phase 1 care!

With Non-Extraction therapy, we aim to change the profile by manipulating the arches to make room for existing teeth, rather than extracting permanent teeth.

Don’t worry too much about which type of treatment you will need. Today’s technology means more and more we can avoid extraction, but we’ll always choose the best option for best end result, and work to minimize your worries.