Frequently Asked Questions:
What is an orthodontist?
- An orthodontist is a licensed dentist who has graduated from dental school and has an additional two to three years of training in an accredited orthodontic residency program.
- Just as there are specialists in medicine, there are specialists in dentistry. Orthodontists are experts in aligning teeth and creating a great smile.
- The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children should have an orthodontic evaluation by the age of seven. While most may not get braces at this time, early diagnosis and treatment can favorably guide the growth of jaws and facial muscles, minimize the need for more complex treatment in the future, and produce a better facial appearance. Consultations are offered at our office free of charge.
- Adults can also get excellent orthodontic results. About 35% of all orthodontic patients are adults, and treatment is more comfortable and less noticeable because of recent advances in orthodontic technology.
- Treatment time depends on each patient’s specific orthodontic needs. In general, treatment times range from 12 to 30 months. The “average” time frame a person is in braces is approximately 18-24 months.
- Following treatment, you will be given a set of retainers to maintain your results.
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