What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics, also known as dentofacial orthopedics, is a specialized field of dentistry dedicated to diagnosing, preventing, and treating dental and facial irregularities.

What is an orthodontist?

Dr. DeCamps is a dental specialist who has undergone three years of additional training after completing her general dental education. Her expertise lies in aligning teeth, correcting misaligned jaw structures, and enhancing smile and function.

What’s the best age to visit the orthodontist?

The American Association of Orthodontists suggests an orthodontic consultation by age seven, but earlier evaluations are possible if issues are suspected. Early examination allows us to assess the need for treatment and determine the optimal timing, potentially reducing future complications and improving facial growth balance.

How can I take care of my teeth if I’m wearing orthodontic appliances?

  • ALWAYS remember to brush your teet
  • Brush after every meal, floss daily, and consider fluoride toothpaste and rinse.
  • Keep retainers clean, store them properly, and avoid damage.
  • Limit sugary foods to prevent plaque buildup and cavities.
  • Avoid sticky, hard, or braces-unfriendly foods.
  • Maintain regular dental checkups every six months.

What options do I have?

Orthodontic appliances vary and may include traditional metal braces, ceramic upper braces, or clear aligners.

If I start treatment, how long will it take?

Treatment duration varies for each patient but typically ranges between 3 and 30 months, with an average of about 22 months.

Will it hurt?

Initial discomfort is normal, but we tailor treatment to minimize discomfort. Adjustment periods typically last a few days as you adapt to the appliances.

Do I need to brush my teeth more often when I am in orthodontic appliances?

Yes, brush at least three times daily to maintain oral health and remove food particles. Floss daily and follow our instructions for proper brushing and flossing techniques.

Will I still need dental checkups every six months during orthodontic treatment?

Yes, it’s crucial to maintain regular dental checkups every six months to ensure oral health while undergoing orthodontic treatment.

Will my appliances interfere with sports or activities like playing an instrument?

While adjustments may be needed, orthodontic appliances won’t prevent you from participating in activities. Consider wearing a mouthguard for contact sports, and we recommend a trough-style sportguard.

How do I schedule my next appointment?

Simply call our practice, and our staff will assist you in scheduling your next appointment at your convenience. Whether you’re a new patient or have been referred to us, we’ll provide all the necessary information you need.