An orthodontist is a dentist with two to three years of additional training and experience specializing in straightening teeth, correcting misaligned jaw structure, and improving the look and function of your smile.
It’s always the right age to improve your smile. Orthodontic treatment is great for kids, teens, and adults alike—1 in 5 patients is over 21 years old.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children first visit an orthodontist around age seven. Children’s jaws are still growing, so early intervention for certain issues prevents more invasive and time-intensive treatment down the road.
Whether you're considering treatment for yourself or for an older child, any time is a good time to get an orthodontic evaluation.
Braces are a tried-and-true method to enhance the look of your smile and the function of your bite. Your orthodontist attaches small brackets to each tooth and connects them with thin wires to gently shift your teeth over time.
Each person’s mouth responds differently to treatment, which can take anywhere from six to 30 months, depending on the type of correction. Most standard treatments take about 22 months.
When you first get braces, you may feel mild discomfort for a couple days as your teeth, gums, cheeks, and mouth get used to the brackets and wires. When your orthodontist periodically adjusts the wires to guide your teeth, you’ll probably feel sore for a few days. Most of the time you’ll feel just fine.
Yes. Brush your teeth at least three times a day to remove any food caught between the braces or in your teeth. Just as important is to floss daily to clean all the nooks and crannies where your brush can’t reach. Your orthodontist will show you how to properly brush and floss once your braces are placed. A thorough brushing and flossing routine is the best way to keep your teeth, gums, and mouth healthy—and your smile looking amazing.
Absolutely! In fact, it's even more important that orthodontic patients visit their dentist regularly, because braces can make brushing trickier. Bits of food caught where your toothbrush can't reach cause bacteria to build up, leading to cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease. Your dentist will work closely with your orthodontist to help you keep your teeth clean and healthy while wearing braces.
Wearing braces won’t stop you from participating in any of your activities, though playing an instrument or a contact sport with braces may require some adjustment at first. We recommend that you wear a mouthguard while playing contact sports to protect your braces or appliance.
Give us a call! Our friendly staff are happy to help schedule your next appointment. If you are a new patient or have been referred to our practice, please let us know, and we’ll provide you with all of the information you need.
Invisalign treatment is the process of wearing a series of clear, removable aligners that gradually straighten your teeth. No brackets and wires, and none of the restrictions that come with metal braces.
The best way to clean your aligners is by brushing and rinsing them in lukewarm water and using the Invisalign Cleaning Crystals or special cleaning tablets. It’s important that you brush your teeth after each meal before re-inserting your aligners to maintain good oral hygiene.
Once you approve your plan, your unique aligners will be created. You will wear each set of aligners for 20 to 22 hours a day, changing to a new set of aligners every 1 to 2 weeks, as directed by your doctor. Each set of aligners will gently and gradually shift your teeth into place, according to your treatment plan, until you reach your beautiful new smile.
Call or text us to let us know which attachment came off so we can modify your next appointment. Usually, we can wait until your next appointment to reattach it.