Common Questions

Here is a list of some FAQ’s we’ve received through the years. However, if you have a question not answered here, please do not hesitate to contact our office and ask one of our friendly 307 Orthodontics team members!

What is Orthodontics?

Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that specializes in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial abnormalities.

What is the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist?

An orthodontist is a doctor that has continued on after graduating from dental school go on to have additional, extensive and specialized training at an accredited orthodontic residency program. By learning about tooth movement and guidance of facial development, orthodontists are uniquely trained to straighten teeth and align jaws.

How long does orthodontic treatment take to complete?

Orthodontic treatment time is dependent upon the difficulty of the case. The average case is 24-30 months. Treatment length is also dependent upon patient compliance. Maintaining good oral hygiene and keeping regular appointments are important in keeping treatment time on schedule.

What is Phase I and Phase II Treatment?

Phase I, or early interceptive treatment, is limited orthodontic treatment [i.e. expander or partial braces] before all of the permanent teeth have erupted. Such treatment can occur between the ages of five and ten. This treatment is sometimes recommended to make more space for developing teeth, correction of crossbites, overbites, underbites, or harmful oral habits. Phase II treatment is also called comprehensive treatment, because it involves full braces when all of the permanent teeth have erupted, usually between the ages of eleven and thirteen.

Do braces hurt?

After the adjustment period, like breaking in a new pair of shoes, braces become relatively comfortable.

How often will I have appointments?

Generally appointments are in 6-8 week intervals for active cases.

Will I need to have teeth extracted for braces?

Removing teeth is sometimes required to achieve the best orthodontic result. Straight teeth and a balanced facial profile are the goal of orthodontics. However, because new technology has provided advanced orthodontic procedures, removing teeth is not always necessary for orthodontic treatment.

Will braces interfere with playing sports?

No. At 307 Orthodontics we provide every patient with a mouth guard to protect their smile, which we recommend for wear during any sporting activities.

Will braces interfere with playing music?

No. With practice and a period of adjustment, braces typically do not interfere with the playing of wind or brass instruments. In addition, brace covers can help with prevention of any possible discomfort.

Will I still need to see my general dentist while receiving orthodontic treatment?

Yes. Continuing with regular checkups from your family dentist is important while in braces. Your family dentist will determine the intervals between cleaning appointments while you are in braces.