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Orthodontic FAQs

What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is the treatment of irregularities in teeth alignment and jaw placement.

What’s the difference between a dentist and an orthodontist?

Although dentists and orthodontists both help patients with their teeth, they are different. An orthodontist receives extra dental training and schooling to treat more severe problems such as teeth crowding and alignment. The additional education orthodontists receive requires the intense study of how the teeth move and how the jaw works.  Orthodontists only work on the alignment and treatment of moving teeth because it’s what they specialize in. They work to fix not only cosmetic problems, but other issues that may develop down the road. Only 10 percent of dentists are specialized in orthodontics.


Do braces hurt?

The process of getting braces installed does not hurt, but your mouth may be sore afterwards. Your teeth are not used to the pressure that will be exerted on them from the metal and elastics, so it may be a little more difficult to chew hard foods. It is best to try to consume easier to eat foods such as smoothies or other soft meals. The soreness usually lasts from four days to a week.

Pain relievers and orthodontic relief wax can help to soothe some of the discomfort that may be present after you get your braces installed.

Am I too old for braces?

No! It is never too late to try to enhance your smile and overall appearance. In fact, The American Association of Orthodontists reports that one in five orthodontic patients is over the age of 21. Many adults realize how important their smile is to their confidence, and are beginning to seek treatment at a later age. If you are concerned about having visible braces, ask about our clear and Invisalign options!

What are the different types of braces I can choose from?

At Behl Orthodontics we are proud to provide Invisalign®, clear braces, and self-ligating metal braces!

How do I take care of my braces?

Braces require a little more attention due to the fact that it is very easy for food to get stuck in the brackets and wires. Following these tips can ensure that your braces are clean:

How long do I have to wear my braces?

The length of treatment depends on each patient and their individual situation. Our orthodontist will be able to provide you with a time period, and if you follow his instructions you should be able to get them removed on time!

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