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Frequently Asked Questions
How early should my child be evaluated for orthodontic issues?
Your child should be evaluated for orthodontic problems no later than age 7,or as soon as orthodontic problems occur.
What are some early signs of orthodontic problems in children?
Baby teeth that do not fall out when they should and those that are lost due to decay may be signs of orthodontic problems. Also, biting and chewing problems, crowded teeth, excessive thumb and finger sucking, disproportionate jaws and teeth, and the inability of the top and bottom teeth to meet properly are common signals of orthodontic issues.
How long do braces take?
Complete treatment can usually be accomplished in within 18-36 months. Sometimes, this active movement is divided into two or more periods of time (Phase I and Phase II) with a rest of 6 to 18 months in between.
Are there orthodontic options geared toward adults?
Yes! Many treatments available are specifically designed for adults to straighten their teeth and/or correct bite issues. These options include treatments that involve little to no visible metal in your mouth, as well as procedures that can work faster and more comfortably than traditional braces.
Are there less visible ways to straighten your teeth, compared with metal braces treatment?
Clear braces, lingual braces, and Invisalign, clear teeth aligners are all discreet methods of straightening your teeth while reducing the chance that other might notice.
How uncomfortable will orthodontic treatment be?
With many innovations in braces and other orthodontic treatments, your teeth can be straightened much more comfortably.