What is orthodintics?
 

Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that specializes in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities which include "crooked" teeth and mal-positioned jaws. 

What is the difference between an orthodontic and a dentist?

 

An orthodontist is someone who has first gone to dental school and become a dentist, and then they attend an accredited Orthodontic residency program to learn specifically about tooth movement, jaw function, and facial aesthetics. Orthodontic specialists have the most experience and therefore are the most qualified of all dentists to deliver exceptional treatment results. An orthodontist is to teeth what a cardiologist is to the heart.

Why would someone need orthodontic treatment?

 

A malocclusion or “bad bite” makes patients more susceptible to tooth decay, difficulty chewing, bone loss and potential speech impairment. Orthodontics help correct these problems.

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What’s the best age to visit the orthodontist?

 

Any age can be a great age to visit the orthodontist. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic screening at the age of 7. Orthodontic treatment is not exclusive to children and teens. You might be surprised to know that some of our patients are over the age of 21.

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Is it too late to get braces if I’m an adult

 

Adults can receive the same benefits of a beautiful smile and good oral health as children. Braces can boost self confidence and self esteem along with the added benefit of improved oral health. There is no investment that will give you the personal returns a beautiful smile can.

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FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

 

The following are the most frequently asked questions about braces and orthodontic care. If you have additional questions please contact a practice near you.
Will braces interfere with sport or other physical activities?

 

Wearing braces will not stop you from participating in any school activity. If you play a contact sport, we recommend that you wear a mouth-guard to protect your braces or appliance.

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Is it too late to get braces if I’m an adult

 

Adults can receive the same benefits of a beautiful smile and good oral health as children. Braces can boost self confidence and self esteem along with the added benefit of improved oral health. There is no investment that will give you the personal returns a beautiful smile can.

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Do braces hurt?

 

One of the things people are most worried about when they have braces is whether or not it is going to hurt. You may get a bit of discomfort and tenderness when you first get your braces, your lips and inner cheeks may become tender as they adjust to having braces against them. Do not worry, after the first week or two, your lips and cheeks will become stronger and more resilient to the braces, and you will soon forget that you are even wearing them! If any of the brackets do irritate your lips or cheeks, you can apply orthodontic wax to the bracket to provide a smooth coating for your lips and cheeks to rub against. If you run out of wax, stop by our office anytime for a free refill. Once you get used to them, you will hardly know they are there.

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How much will the treatment cost?

 

Each patient’s treatment plan is customized to meet their personal needs and goals with orthodontic treatment. At your complimentary consultation, the doctor will be able to determine the proper treatment plan and our team will go over the exact cost and financing options available.

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How will braces change my life?

 

Orthodontic treatment can improve your life in a multitude of ways.  Having straight teeth and a correct bite are vital to your oral health, and hygiene. A great smile can give one a heightened sense of self-confidence and boost self esteem.

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