GENERAL FAQS

What is the best age to see an orthodontist?
Orthodontic treatment can be started at any age. Many orthodontic problems are easier to correct if detected at an early age before jaw growth has slowed. Starting treatment while you are young may stop more serious problems from developing and may make treatment shorter and less complicated.

Do I need to see my dentist before beginning orthodontic treatment?
If you havenít seen your dentist for six months, then your orthodontist will ask you to have a check up before treatment begins.

Do I need to see my dentist for the extractions?
The orthodontist will try to design a plan where teeth do not need to be removed. However, if a tooth is to be removed you will be referred back to your dentist for the extraction

Should I see my general dentist while I have braces?
Yes, you should continue to see your dentist every six months for regular dental checkups.

How long does the treatment take?
Treatment time depends on each patientís specific orthodontic problem. The orthodontist will give you an estimate of the time it will take but for some people it may take a little longer.

Would an adult patient benefit from orthodontics?
Orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age. Everyone wants a beautiful and healthy smile. Twenty to twenty-five percent of orthodontic patients today are adults. Treatments times for adult patients may be a little longer.

Do I need to have my wisdom teeth removed after orthodontic treatment?
Wisdom teeth may contribute to the crowding of lower incisor teeth that can develop in the late teen years and beyond, but this does not mean they need to be removed. Although a factor in lower incisor crowding, similar crowding occurs with or without wisdom teeth being present.Good retainer wear can maintain the alignment of the teeth even while wisdom teeth appear to be growing. The main reasons to remove wisdom teeth are if they do not have enough room to erupt in the mouth or are lying at an angle, especially if they are partly erupted.

As a patient, what can I do on-line?
Once you are a patient, you will be given a unique User and Web ID. This will allow you online access to appointments, payments, and patient detail updates.