Why Braces?

For most people, a beautiful smile is the most obvious benefit of orthodontics. After your braces come off, you'll feel more self-confident. During your treatment, we want you to feel as comfortable as possible.

How orthodontic treatment works

Orthodontic appliances can be made of metal, ceramic, or plastic. They may be removable or they may be brackets bonded to the teeth. By placing a constant, gentle force in a carefully controlled direction, braces slowly move teeth to a corrected position. This is a great time to wear braces! Gone are the days when a metal band with a bracket was placed around each tooth. You can often choose brackets that are clear or metallic, and sometimes you can choose the color of the ties that hold the wire in brackets. Wires are also less noticeable than they used to be, and the latest materials move teeth faster with less discomfort to patients.

Duration of Treatment

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Treatment time typically ranges from one to three years, depending on the growth of the patient's mouth and face, and the severity of the problem. Patients grow at different rates and will respond variously to orthodontic treatment, so the time until case completion may differ from the original estimate. The patient's diligent use of any prescribed rubber bands or headgear is an important factor in achieving the most efficient treatment. Interceptive, or early treatment procedures, may take as few as six months.

Life With Braces

Now that you have your braces, how do you take care of them? It's important for you to know how to properly take care of your braces throughout your entire orthodontic treatment.

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Eating with Braces

Don't worry, you'll be eating popcorn and snacking on potato chips again in no time! However, before you can start enjoying some of the treats you love, you will need to take special care to avoid any foods that could damage your new appliances.

Orthodontic FAQ's

Treatment Plan

The Orthodontist isn't just for Adults

Two-Phase Treatment

What is the advantage of two-phase orthodontic treatment?

Two-phase orthodontic treatment is a specialized process that combines tooth straightening and physical, facial changes. The purpose of two-phase treatment is to maximize the opportunity to accomplish the ideal healthy, functional, and aesthetic result that will remain stable throughout your child's life.

What if treatment is put off?

Putting off treatment can result in a need for more invasive treatment later in life that may not completely fix your child's smile. Early treatment is most effective for achieving lasting results.

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Emergency Care

True orthodontic emergencies are rare, but when they occur we are available to you. As a general rule, you should call our office when you experience severe pain or have a painful appliance problem you can't take care of yourself. We'll be able to schedule an appointment to resolve the problem.

What are some common issues?

You might be surprised to learn that you may be able to solve many problems yourself temporarily until you can get to our office. If there is a loose piece that you can remove, put it in a plastic bag or envelope and bring it with you to your next appointment. If your braces are poking you, put soft wax on the piece that's sticking out. If the wire has slid to one side, you can pull it back to the other side with needle-nosed pliers, replacing it in the tube on the back tooth.

After alleviating your discomfort, it is very important that you still call our office as soon as possible to schedule a time to repair the problem. Allowing your appliance to remain damaged for an extended period of time may result in disruptions to your treatment plan.

General Soreness

When you get your braces on, you may feel general soreness in your mouth, and teeth may be tender to biting pressures for three to five days. Stick to a soft diet until your teeth do not hurt to chew. Irritated gums and other sore spots can be relieved by rinsing your mouth with a warm salt-water mouthwash. Dissolve one teaspoonful of salt in eight ounces of warm water, and rinse your mouth vigorously. If the tenderness is severe, take Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or whatever you normally take for headache or similar pain. Aspirin, Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) and Naproxen Sodium (Naprosyn, Anaprox) actually slow the tooth movement, so it is not advisable to use them frequently while wearing braces.

The lips, cheeks, and tongue may become irritated for one to two weeks as they learn a new posture and become accustomed to the surface of the braces. You can put wax on the braces to lessen this. We'll show you how!

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Request An Appointment

The first step toward achieving a beautiful, healthy smile is to schedule an appointment. To schedule an appointment, please complete and submit the request form below. Our scheduling coordinator will contact you soon to confirm your appointment.

Please note this form is for requesting an appointment. If you need to cancel or reschedule an existing appointment, or if you require immediate attention, please contact our practice directly.

Jen Shaben
Jen Shaben
I wouldn’t even give a star but I had to, been going there since my son was 1, he is now 13 and I am going to go somewhere else. Worst experience today for any appointments I have ever experienced. Not even sure if my children even had a cleaning, or a dentist visit them. Very inappropriate with the staff in the back, singing Taylor Swift, watching her documentary (foul language and even better closed caption for the bad language) my daughter was placed in a room for an additional 20 minutes after waiting in the waiting room for over 30 minutes. I certainly don’t want to hear the excuse of short staffed I saw about 10-20 different faces while I waited in the waiting room for an hour and half for a cleaning. 100% disappointed. This won’t actually matter to you or your company since the amount of patients you have are way too many, and they can continue to get poor care or lack there of care at this practice! Front desk staff were friendly and wonderful. But they are not the ones taking care of my children’s teeth. 😄
Jamie Johnson
Jamie Johnson
Very nice and I found out that my son had cavities
Shorouq Mo
Shorouq Mo
The whole team is amazing ... me and my kids happy with them my kids with them since 2020 10/10 service . respect.patience. clean place
Lindsay Heater
Lindsay Heater
If they say your child needs a lot of work done, I’d just make sure you get a second opinion before just doing it. They wanted to cap 8 of my daughter’s teeth and fill a 9th and have her put under to do it all. We went to Dino dental and my daughter needed one cap and they did the work in office and it was less than a half hour of work. Also they give you the paperwork about the cost of the cleaning, X-rays etc. AFTER you get your teeth cleaned and x-rays