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There are many questions in the world today about orthodontics, and we understand that things can get a little overwhelming and confusing at times. However, we are here to help you understand a little bit more about orthodontics by providing the answers to the following frequently asked questions:

How do I know if I need orthodontic treatment?
If you have crooked teeth, gaps between your teeth, and an improper bite, you most likely need orthodontic treatment. To test for an improper bite, simply bite down and see if your teeth match together. If they do not, you have an improper bite. So, if you have one or more of these issues, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with our orthodontist today. It is very important that you correct these problems so additional dental issues don’t develop.

How many different types of braces are available?
We are thrilled to tell you that you have four different options available when it comes to orthodontic treatment. Those options include traditional braces (which is a cheap and successful option), ceramic braces (which is an appliance that is natural looking), lingual braces (which is an appliance that is glued to the back of your teeth), and clear aligners (like Invisalign® or ClearCorrect®, which are clear, plastic aligners that are virtually invisible).

Can you be too old for orthodontic treatment?
No, you cannot be too old for orthodontic treatment. If you have strong jaw bones and gums, you can align your smile at any age!

At what age should a child first visit the orthodontic office?
You can bring your child into our office by the time they are 7 years old. Bringing them in at an early age can help you plan for their orthodontic treatment in the future, if they even need it. Also, if necessary, your orthodontist can offer early treatment to help your child grow into their perfect smile as they get older.

Will orthodontic treatment hurt?
The only discomfort you will feel is tenderness and soreness as your teeth move. It should only last a couple days and it can be relieved with over-the-counter pain medications. Your appliance may also irritate your lips, cheeks, and tongue from time to time, which is normal. You can solve this problem by covering the appliance with orthodontic wax.

Now, we know you most likely have additional questions that were not included in this blog, so we invite you to call our office today and talk to a member of our orthodontic team. We are happy to talk with you and answer your questions to help you feel more confident and comfortable with orthodontic care. We look forward to talking with you!