Common Questions

What is an Orthodontist?

An Orthodontist is a specialist in correcting bite and jaw problems in children and adults.  In addition to dental school, an orthodontist must have also completed two years or more of full-time orthodontic training and specialty certification at a graduate school approved by the American Dental Association.

Why do I need Braces?

The goal of orthodontic treatment is a good bite, meaning straight teeth that mesh well with the teeth in the opposite jaw. A good bite makes it easier for you to bite, chew and speak. This can enhance your dental health and your overall health, and may improve self-esteem.

Orthodontic treatment is often part of a comprehensive dental health care plan. With good care, including orthodontic treatment when necessary, teeth can last a lifetime.

Treatment in children or teenagers who are still growing may yield results that may not be possible once the face and jaws have completed their growth.

A healthy bite is as important at age 60 as it is at age 16. Even though adults are no longer growing, they can also enjoy improvements that come from orthodontic treatment. Your age is not a consideration for orthodontic treatment. Healthy teeth can be moved at any age.

Orthodontic treatment is a smart investment in your dental, physical and emotional health.

How much will my braces cost?

The cost of orthodontic treatment will depend on many factors, including the severity of the problem, its complexity and length of treatment. We will be glad to discuss the cost of treatment and your financing options with you before treatment begins. Patients are finding that braces are more affordable today than ever.

Will having braces hurt?

Not every patient experiences discomfort, but it is possible you may experience some tenderness after your braces are initially placed.  In our experience Ibuprofen or Tylenol is the most effective in treating any discomfort.