What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is the branch of dental care that aims to correct misalignment of the teeth, often through the use of braces.

Subheadline: What are some possible benefits of orthodontic treatment?

Orthodontic care can have numerous benefits. After your course of treatment, you may find you have less difficulty with biting, chewing and speaking. In addition, the straightening of your teeth will give you a beautiful smile than can boost your confidence.

What are some signs that I may need braces?

Every person is different, and everyone's dental challenges are unique. That said, you may want to consider getting braces if...
  • Your teeth feel crowded or twisted
  • You have an overbite or an underbite
  • Your teeth rest uncomfortably when your jaw is relaxed

If you're wondering whether braces are right for you, call 704-799-0399 to schedule a time to meet with an orthodontist. We'll help you make the right decision.

Am I too old for braces?

Of course not! Braces are often associated with adolescents and young adults, but orthodontic treatments can be just as effective for adults of all ages.

Do braces hurt?

When you first get braces, or after an adjustment, you may experience soreness or discomfort in your gums, teeth and jaw. This is perfectly normal, and is actually a sign that the treatment is working. Your discomfort should go away naturally after a few days.

If your discomfort persists, or if a wire is poking your gums, tongue or cheeks, you should call your orthodontist to ask about resolving the problem.

How long will my course of treatment last?

Orthodontic treatments typically last between 16 and 18 months, but can take more or less time depending on your situation. Your orthodontist will be able to give you a clearer idea of how long you'll need braces after assessing your teeth.