What is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics, also known as dentofacial orthopedics, is a dentistry branch focusing on diagnosing, preventing, and treating dental and facial irregularities.
What Does an Orthodontist Do?
An orthodontist is a dentist with additional 2-3 years of training, specializing in straightening teeth, correcting jaw alignment, and enhancing smile functionality.
When Should I Visit an Orthodontist?
You can visit an orthodontist at any age. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends initial visits around age seven, but orthodontic treatment is effective for all ages, including adults.
What Types of Braces are Available?
- Clear Aligners (e.g., Invisalign)
- Ceramic braces
- Traditional metal braces
How Long Will I Wear Braces?
Treatment time varies, ranging from 6 to 30 months, with most treatments averaging 18-22 months.
Do Braces Cause Discomfort?
Braces may cause mild discomfort initially but generally are not painful.
Can I Continue School Activities with Braces?
Yes, braces do not prevent participation in sports, music, or other school activities. A mouthguard is recommended for contact sports.
How Do I Schedule an Appointment?
Call our office to schedule your appointment. We’ll assist new or referred patients with all necessary information.