Questions about orthodontics

More than just braces or clear aligners

Opting to get orthodontic treatment for you or your child is a major decision. It is one of the biggest and best investments you can make for you or your loved one. Therefore, it is important to learn as much as possible about orthodontics before deciding on treatment.

At what age should my child have her first orthodontic visit?

The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that by age 7 your child should get his or her first check-up with an orthodontist. Why age 7? By then, your child should have enough permanent teeth for an orthodontist to evaluate the developing teeth and the jaws. Even at this age, Dr. Rose can often see subtle problems even in young children.

Is There a Benefit to Early Treatment?

Timing is everything – even when it comes to your child’s orthodontic treatment. “Early” treatment, also called “interceptive” treatment or Two-Phase Treatment, means treatment that is performed while some baby teeth are still present. Learn more

Do I have to wait for my dentist to refer my child to an orthodontist?

Parents are often the first to recognize when something is not quite right about their child’s teeth or their jaws. A parent may notice that the front teeth don’t come together when the back teeth are closed, or that the upper teeth are sitting inside of the lower teeth. They may assume that their dentist is aware of the anomaly, and that the dentist will make a referral to an orthodontist when the time is right. A referral might not happen if the dentist isn’t evaluating the bite.

We don’t require a referral from your dentist to make an appointment for your child to be evaluated at our office. We will even send your dentist a report on your orthodontic evaluation.

My dentist offers Invisalign and braces, is he an orthodontist?

All orthodontists are dentists. However, not all dentists are orthodontists. Dentists usually only complete 4 years of general dental education. However, Orthodontists such as Dr. Rose, must sucessfully complete at least an additional 2 full time years of extra training and studies in an accredited Orthodontics program that focuses of moving teeth and aligning jaws. Unless your dentist has completed this speciality training, he or she is just a dentist.

How long will I need to wear my braces?

Treatment time varies for each patient. However, most treatment times are usually 16-24 months. After the braces are removed, we will make custom clear retainers for you to wear to ensure you keep your beautiful smile.

is it painful to have braces?

Advances in technology have significantly improved the quality of bands and brackets resulting in little to no discomfort. It is normal for you or your child to feel soreness the first 2-3 days after the braces are adjusted. Dr. Rose recommends an over the counter pain medication an hour before each visit to help alleviate any discomfort after placement or adjustments of your braces or clear aligners.

I am an adult, am I too old to get braces?

We believe that age should not determine whether adults get braces or not. As long as their teeth, gums and bones are healthy, adults can get braces or clear aligners at any age.

Our adult patients often tells us they feel more youthful and confident because of the compliments they get because they are smiling more after receiving their orthodontic treatment.