Common Questions About Orthodontics

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Orthodontic treatment shouldn’t be confusing. Together, we work to understand your needs and answer any questions about your care. We want you to be included in every decision along the way.

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We live by our motto, “Better Together.” This means that we want you to be comfortable and informed so that together, we can make the decision that is best for your family. We will provide you with all the resources you need to feel empowered in that decision. Below are some of the most common questions we hear from patients about braces, Invisalign, clear aligners, and general orthodontic treatment.

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Orthodontic Treatment FAQs

What Are Some Signs that Someone Needs Orthodontic Care?

There are a few common signs that indicate whether you or your child may need orthodontic care. Here are a few things to look for at any age that an orthodontist will help you further evaluate.

Common Signs:

  • Embarrassment when talking or smiling
  • Difficulty chewing or biting food
  • Difficulty cleaning teeth or removing food stuck between your teeth

Will Braces Hurt?

While advances in orthodontic technology have drastically improved the comfort level of braces, you can still expect them to feel slightly uncomfortable for the first few days after placement or after an adjustment. You can take an over-the-counter medication for pain relief during this time.

Orthodontic technology and treatment has improved so much in recent years. This allows us to give the same great results in a short amount of treatment time. Our top priority is to give you the very best orthodontic experience, and that means making you as comfortable as possible along the way.

Can I Drop My Child Off for An Appointment?

Yes. We understand your schedule is busy, and we are happy to help you make the most of your time. On some occasions, we may request to speak with a parent upon return, so we ask that parents check in with their child’s patient manager before dropping them off.

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

Yes. In fact, it may be even more important for you to get treatment if you have missing teeth to prevent future orthodontic and dental problems. In addition to being socially stigmatic, missing teeth can lead to recession of the surrounding gum tissue, bone loss, difficulty with normal dental function. These issues may make it impossible  to have the missing teeth properly replaced. Orthodontic treatment will help fix your dental alignment, and will lay the foundation for a dentist to be able to replace the missing teeth in the future. 


Am I Too Old for Braces?

We say, “Never!” In fact, 25 percent of all orthodontic patients are adults. Health and happiness are important at any age, and orthodontic treatment can increase your confidence and self-esteem!  You may see the pace of your transformation move a little slower than a developing child would, but you can still see amazing changes!

Do You Pull Teeth?

We do our best to help our patients keep all of their original teeth. Today’s technology often allows us to avoid extraction.

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. No matter which route we go for treatment, we’ll always recommend the best option for your unique needs. Your satisfaction and comfort are always important to us.