Commonly Asked Questions

What exactly is an Orthodontist?

The only doctors who can call themselves “orthodontists” are those who have graduated from dental school and then successfully completed two to three years of additional education from an accredited orthodontic residency program. When you choose an American Association of Orthodontics (AAO) certified orthodontist for treatment, you can be assured that you have selected a specialist orthodontist—an expert in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics—who possesses the skills and experience to give you your best smile.

At what age should my child see the Orthodontist?

Childhood orthodontic treatment is referred to as Phase I treatment. It’s usually done anytime between the ages of 7 and 9 while children still have some of their baby teeth. Phase I is used to help permanent teeth grow in as straight as possible and to address any issues that would be more difficult to correct during adolescent or adult treatment.  Because these issues aren’t always obvious to the untrained eye, it’s important to have children screened no later than 
age 7 to ensure they can undergo Phase I treatment if necessary. 

Do I have to take those goopy impressions? 

No more goop! Typically, your impressions will be taken by one of our certified technicians using an iTero digital scanner. A unique wand is placed over each of your teeth to create your full set of digital impressions. This is quick and easy. These highly sophisticated iTero scanners can provide quality imaging results for the pleasure of our patient’s comfort, convenience, and time. We have 3 scanners to keep the flow of our offices working at their best pace!

What can you tell me about mail order orthodontics?

We suggest that you go to the American Association of Orthodontics (AAO) website to learn more about Direct-to-Consumer Orthodontics and about the warnings of other teeth-straightening methods.

Should I see my general dentist while I have braces? 

It is very important for you to continue to see your general dentist every 6 months for a cleaning or check-up. Also, it is important to avoid sugary or acidic soda drinks when you are wearing braces. The sugar can attack your teeth and leave white spots called decalcification on your teeth. Patients who are conscientious about caring for their teeth and who limit sugary, acidic foods, and drinks should not develop these white marks.

Still, have questions? 

Just ask us! We are happy to answer your questions.


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