Benefits and Risks of Orthodontic Treatment

Teeth, and sometimes entire facial structures, are permanently changed by orthodontic treatment. It is important that the treatment be appropriate and properly completed. Orthodontic specialists have extensive and specialized training that enables them to provide their patients with professional, personalized treatments.

The British Orthodontic Society recommends orthodontic screening when most of the baby teeth have fallen out and adult teeth have grown in. This can vary depending on the individual but it is usually after the age of 10. Most children begin treatment around the age of 12 or 13, once all their permanent teeth have erupted. In a few instances treatment is better started early and your dentist may want to make an earlier referral.

No, they will not. The space available for the front teeth does not increase as you grow. In most people, after the permanent molars erupt, the space available for the front teeth decreases with age.

No patient is "too old" to wear braces! A surprising percentage of our patients are adults. In fact, 25 percent of all orthodontic patients are adults. Health and happiness are vitally important to adults, and orthodontic treatment can improve your smile.

Overall treatment time depends on each patient's specific orthodontic problem(s). In general, treatment times range from 12-24 months.

Appointments are scheduled according to each individual's needs. Most patients in braces will be seen every 6-8 weeks.

Yes! We recommend that patients wear mouthguards while playing sports. Musicians will likely experience an adjustment period until they are comfortable playing while wearing braces.

Yes! Regular check-ups with your general dentist are important while in braces.

Patients should brush their teeth at least three times each day – after each meal and before going to bed.

Yes. Once treatment begins, we will provide you with complete instructions and a comprehensive list of foods to avoid. Some foods to avoid include hard candy, raw vegetables and all sticky foods (i.e. caramel and toffee).

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