Frequently Asked Questions About Orthodontics

At Maple Orthodontics, we understand that you may have questions about orthodontic treatment. That's why we've compiled a list of frequently asked questions to help you understand what to expect during treatment.


What is Orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a specialized area of dentistry provided by an orthodontist that has graduated from dental school and gone on to complete an orthodontic residency of an additional 2-3 years of specialty training.  Our doctors went one step further and all of them have their board certification with the American Board of Orthodontists, a distinction that only half of all orthodontists seek to achieve!  All of the doctors at Maple Orthodontics are members of the American Association of Orthodontists.  All three of them regularly attend continuing education conferences to stay up to date and well-informed of the latest advancements in their specialty.  Our primary focus is on correcting malocclusions, or problems with the bite or jaw structure. Orthodontic treatment uses appliances like braces, aligners, and retainers to straighten teeth, improve jaw function, and enhance overall oral health and provide a beautiful or handsome appearance.


When Should My Child First Visit an Orthodontist?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children have their first orthodontic evaluation by the age of 7. At this age, orthodontists can evaluate the growth and development of the jaw and identify any potential orthodontic issues.


How Long Will Treatment Take?

The length of orthodontic treatment depends on the severity of the orthodontic issue and the type of appliance used. On average, treatment can take anywhere from 12-36 months.


Are There Any Age Restrictions for Orthodontic Treatment?

No! Orthodontic treatment is suitable for patients of all ages. In fact, many adults are choosing to undergo orthodontic treatment to achieve a straighter, healthier smile.


What are Braces Made of?

Traditional braces are made of stainless steel metal brackets and preformed or custom bent archwires. However, there are also clear braces made of ceramic or tooth-colored materials that are less noticeable.


Are braces uncomfortable?

Braces can cause some discomfort during the first few days after they're placed or after an adjustment appointment. This discomfort is usually short-term and generally mild and should be relieved with over-the-counter pain medication as directed.


At Maple Orthodontics, we believe in providing our patients with the information they need to make informed decisions about their oral health. If you have any additional questions about orthodontic treatment or our services, please don't hesitate to contact our experienced team of orthodontists and staff.