Frequently Asked Questions
What is an orthodontist?
Orthodontists are uniquely qualified specialists who diagnose, prevent and treat dental and facial irregularities to correctly align teeth and jaws.
What is orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a specialized field of dentistry focusing on diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of any teeth and face related abnormalities
What are braces?
Braces look like small buttons used by your orthodontist to align your teeth and improve your smile. There are several different types of braces, such as traditional metal, ceramic clear, self-ligating, and lingual braces.
How come I was told that my child needs x-rays?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children are screened by age 7! This is because some common malocclusions of the teeth and jaw may be reduced while the bones of the mouth and face are still developing. However, braces are not exclusive to children and teens! If you want to improve the look and feel of your smile, then any age can be a great age to visit the orthodontist.
If I get braces, how long do I have to wear them?
The duration of orthodontic treatment varies depending on the severity of the malocclusion and the response to the treatment. Treatment can take anywhere between several months to few years.
If I get braces, how often do I visit my orthodontist?
Usually every 4 to 6 weeks.
How do I take care of my braces?
Our staffs give you an instruction how to take care of your braces, such as food to avoid: sticky or hard, and the proper way to brush your teeth with braces. Try to reach around the braces and underneath the wire. Flossing and using waterpik are strongly recommended!
How about dental checkups while wearing the braces?
It is even more important to visit your general dentist regularly with braces. Regular checkup every 6 months, even 3 months, is crucial to keep your teeth and gum healthy while you have braces.