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Orthodontic FAQ

What is Orthodontic Treatment?

Orthodontic treatment can involve correcting oral issues, but does not necessarily involve Braces. This is especially so when children are brought in for early orthodontic care.

Braces, however, are the orthodontic treatment used to help align teeth that are crooked. They also correct spacing arches providing a better and more beautiful alignment overall. Teeth that are optimally aligned are easier to clean and enhance the look of the face too.

At what age should orthodontics begin?

Dentists and orthodontists can enhance a smile at any age; but aside from this, it is important to note that there is an optimal time period in which to begin orthodontic treatment. It is recommended by the American Association of Orthodontics that the initial orthodontic evaluation should occur when the first sign of orthodontic issues are noticed. Otherwise, an orthodontic evaluation should take place no later than age 7. While orthodontic treatment may not be necessary at this early age, a thorough examination will help establish the best time/age to begin treatment.

What’s involved in an orthodontic evaluation?

Orthodontic care begins with an initial evaluation appointment. First, your dentist will determine if you’re a good candidate for orthodontic treatment. Otherwise, another treatment may be more appropriate. If the dentist determines that you’re a good candidate for orthodontics, he or she will begin the process. First, impressions of your teeth will be taken. We will take special x-rays of your jaw joint and teeth, as well as your head. This process will be finished by taking particular measurements of your teeth and mouth, too.

Next you will have an orthodontic consultation to discuss the proper treatment plan. The treatment plan is based on the records taken at the dental evaluation. The consult will cover such topics as specific recommended treatment, expected length of required treatment, as well as the expected cost associated with the type of treatment.

We offer the following types of orthodontic treatment:

  • Metal Braces – Appliances made of metal, to align the teeth and jaw and correct crooked teeth. These type of braces are visible.
  • Ceramic Braces – Provide more esthetic appeal as they are tooth colored, but they are still also comprises of Wires and metal.
  • Passive Self-Ligating “Sleep Braces” – System that is self-ligating and does not require the use of elastic rings to hold the wires. For more info visit: and
  • Lingual Arch Braces – Braces placed behind the front teeth.
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  • Clear Aligners – Appliances made of clear resin worn directly on the teeth. The most common clear aligning braces are Invisalign and Clear Correct. For more info visit: and/or

All of these orthodontic treatments have their own indications as well as contra-indications. These depend upon each individual’s oral problems. This is why an orthodontic evaluation and consultation are so important, as they help to determine the best orthodontic solution for each person’s unique needs.

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A Little About Us

Advanced Family Dental & Orthodontics, PC & Affiliates is a full service general dentistry practice with specialty care in the areas of orthodontics, periodontics, oral surgery, cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, Invisalign and more.

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