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

Dentists complete a general Dental Degree. A general dentist is similar to your family doctor and is very important for overall dental health. They provide a wide range of services from dental cleanings to repairing teeth. Orthodontists complete a Dental Degree then an additional three year Specialist Degree. Orthodontists are specialists in tooth and jaw alignment. Both dentists and orthodontists play a valuable role in keeping your teeth healthy and looking good. Just like your family doctor works with a medical specialist; dentists working with specialists leads to the most ideal outcomes.

Do I need a referral?

At our office, there are no referrals required. Feel free to contact us at any time to set up an appointment.

Why see an orthodontist by age 7?

Problems with the teeth and jaws begin as early as age 7. Growth monitoring by your orthodontist and sometimes early interceptive treatment can prevent more severe problems from developing.

Am I too old for orthodontic work?

Orthodontic treatment is not just for kids anymore! Dr. Ashley has treated patients from age 7 to 77. Life-changing results are possible at any age. Many adults unfortunately did not have the opportunity to have braces as a kid. It’s never too late to have the beautiful smile and the healthy mouth you deserve.

How long do I need to wear my braces or clear aligners?

Duration of treatment varies from patient to patient, as each case is unique. On average, treatment can run anywhere between 6 – 24 months. Dr. Ashley will give patients a rough estimate of timelines at your complimentary consultation.

Do I still need to visit the dentist during orthodontic treatment?

Absolutely. It is important to still see your general dentist and dental hygienist for regular cleanings and check-ups to make sure that your teeth and gums stay healthy and strong throughout treatment. Clean, healthy teeth will straighten more quickly than unhealthy teeth!

When can I begin surgical orthodontics?

Surgical orthodontics can only be done after the jaw has finished growing. Jaw growth is normally complete between 16-20 years of age. Consult your orthodontist for your estimated time frame.

How long do I need to wear my retainer?

Retainers are very important to maintain your straight teeth and are recommended on a part-time basis for lifetime.

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