Orthodontists are uniquely qualified specialists who diagnose, prevent and treat dental and facial irregularities to correctly align teeth and jaws using orthodontic appliances. Once they become a board certified General Dentist, they must complete 2-3 years of full time specialized advanced education in an accredited orthodontic residency program. Orthodontists have a broad knowledge of dentistry and a focused knowledge of bite dysfunction and associated issues. And while your General Dentist is focused on treating your overall dental health needs; including gum disease, dental decay, root canals, crowns and veneers – your Orthodontist is focused on the diagnosis, prevention, and interception of malocclusions, and is responsible for straightening teeth and correcting jaw development by using various appliances, wires and brackets.
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The best age is any age! However, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends age 7 as being the ideal age to start screening for orthodontic care. By the age of 7, the first adult molars erupt, establishing the back bite. During this time, an orthodontist can evaluate front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships. Timely screening increases the chances for an incredible smile.
Orthodontics can help you achieve a beautiful healthy smile, as well as a better bite; so whether you are considering treatment for yourself or for your child, anytime is a good time to visit the orthodontist. Visit our Early Interceptive Treatment page for more information.
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Probably not. In most cases we will wait for more adult teeth to erupt before beginning treatment. However, if we suspect a bad habit or notice a poorly developing bite – early intervention may be required. Visit our Early Interceptive Treatment page for more information.
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Your teeth will feel achy for a couple of days after the initial appointment and on occasion after adjustments. This mild discomfort can be relieved easily with some Advil.
We will see you every 4-8 weeks to adjust your braces, aligners or appliances.
Your fee will vary with the treatment. Nowadays orthodontic treatment is more affordable than ever. We offer interest-free monthly plans that fit almost any budget. We accept cash, checks, and credit cards.
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