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What is the best age for an orthodontic consultation?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that your child get an orthodontic check-up no later than age 7. While your child’s teeth may appear to be straight, there could be a problem that only an orthodontist can detect. An orthodontist can spot subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth while some baby teeth are still present. That’s important because some orthodontic problems are easier to correct if they’re found early.

Would an adult patient benefit from orthodontics?

Yes. As we age our teeth shift and no longer fit together properly causing excessive wear. Over 35% of our patients are adults and that number is growing as adults seek a more perfect smile that will last their lifetime.

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

Orthodontics is more than just straightening teeth. Not all dentists who offer braces are orthodontists. Dr. Hutta and Dr. Cook completed over two years of specialized training after earning their dental degrees. Dr. Hutta and Dr. Cook are Diplomates of The American Board of Orthodontics, which means they understand the complexity of the growth and development of the jaw and bite, not just the movement of teeth. We will work closely with your general dentist to maintain ideal oral health while you undergo orthodontic treatment.

Should I see my general dentist while I have braces?

Yes, you should continue to see your general dentist every six months for cleanings and dental checkups.

Will braces interfere with playing sports?

No. It is recommended, however, that patients protect their smiles by wearing a mouth guard. We make custom mouth guards in our office at no additional charge.

Will braces interfere with playing musical instruments?

No. However, there may be an initial period of adjustment.

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