Frequently Asked Questions About Orthodontics
What is orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a specialization within the field of dentistry. It focuses on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial abnormalities.
What is an orthodontist?
An orthodontist is a dental specialist who has undergone two to three years of additional training and education. Orthodontists straighten teeth, correct misaligned jaw structure, and improve the beauty of your smile.
What’s the best age to visit the orthodontist?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children first visit an orthodontist around the age of seven. However, about one in every five orthodontic patients is over the age of 21. It’s never too late to get braces!
If I get braces, how long do I have to wear them?
It can vary, but you can expect to wear braces for about 6-30 months.
Do braces hurt?
You may feel a small amount of discomfort for a couple days as you get used to your new braces.