When should children be seen by an orthodontist?

Most children are developing normally and do not need treatment at an early age. A few children are developing orthodontic problems that tend to get worse over time. In some cases these problems can and should be intercepted before they become unmanageable.

Age 7-8 is a good time to evaluate dental development and, if necessary, intercept a problem that may become worse over time.

Can you be too old for braces?

No. A high percentage of our patients are adults. We are never too old to improve our bite or our smile.

Are some braces better than others?

There are many different designs of braces. The latest trend is toward self ligating brackets. These brackets work best without the colored elastic that kids love to see on their braces because there is less friction and easier to keep clean. In the end your teeth, bone and gums have no idea what type of bracket is on your teeth. What they do appreciate is that the right amount of force is being applied and in the proper direction. So it is not so much the brackets as it is the extra training (three years) past dental school that enables orthodontists to combine forces safely and efficiently.

Do I have to be referred by a dentist?

No. We certainly do appreciate dentist referrals, but many of our referrals come from existing or previous patients. Most people can look at their own teeth, or a family member’s teeth, and get a sense that improvement is desirable. It’s your mouth. You are entitled to take the initiative. Call anytime.

Does your office have payment plans?

Yes. Patients may choose between several payment plans.

Do braces hurt?

Getting your braces on, adjusted and taken off at the end are all fairly easy. Are your teeth sore for a few days after you get them on? Yes. Can you eat? Of course, probably not a tough steak the day after getting your braces on but within a few days of things are back to normal.

More Frequently Asked Questions answered by the American Association of Orthodontists.