We understand there are many questions associated with orthodontic treatment. Below you can find some of the most common. Please call our office if you have any questions that are not answered here as we are always happy to help our patients.

What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a 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 education after graduating from dental school. Orthodontists receive 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 strengthen teeth and align jaws.

How long does orthodontic treatment take to complete?

The average length of orthodontic treatment can be anywhere between 24 to 30 months. Orthodontic treatment is often dependent on the complexity of a patient’s case, but is also dependent on a patient’s compliance. Maintaining good oral hygiene and keeping regular appointments are important in keeping treatment time on schedule.

Do braces hurt?

When you first get your braces on, and right after your adjustment appointments, you may experience a little discomfort. During this time, you can take over-the-counter pain medication such as Tylenol or Advil. After these periods pass, your braces become relatively comfortable.

How often will I have appointments?

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

Will I need to have teeth extracted for braces?

Some patients may need to have some teeth removed before braces in order to achieve the best orthodontic result. However, new technology has provided advanced orthodontic procedures that can help treat patients without removal of their teeth.

Will braces interfere with playing sports?

No. At 307 Orthodontics, we provide every patient with a mouth guard to protect their smile. Patients should wear these when playing contact sports.

Will braces interfere with playing music?

No. With practice, braces typically do not interfere with the playing of wind or brass instruments. Brace covers can help with the prevention of any possible discomfort.

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

Yes. Continuing with regular checkups for examinations and cleanings from your family dentist is important in maintaining a healthy smile.

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