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Are you about to embark on your smile journey? Whether you’re getting started, going through, or considering treatment - we’ve compiled answers to frequently asked questions we get from our patients at OSOLC. We hope this guide is helpful for you!
Orthodontics is a specialized field of dentistry focused on creating alignment in your teeth and jaws through appliances such as braces and aligners. Aside from just straightening your smile, orthodontists help improve oral health, chewing, breathing, and speech difficulties.
Every orthodontist is a dentist, but not every dentist is an orthodontist. Orthodontists are specialists who undergo an additional two to three years of training.
No, they won’t. In most cases, teeth don’t naturally straighten out since the space available for your front teeth does not increase as you grow. In fact - the space available for your front teeth usually decreases with age. This is where orthodontics can help.
Thanks to new orthodontic technology and cutting-edge procedures, removing teeth is not usually needed in most cases. At OSOLC, we pride ourselves in executing fast treatment times and the fewest extractions of permanent teeth.
We will only recommend you to have your teeth removed if it’s necessary. In fact, less than 5% of our treatments require permanent teeth extraction!
Braces and aligners are orthodontic appliances used to help improve the look and health of your smile. They straighten teeth and add symmetry to your facial profile by correcting misalignments in your teeth and jaw.
The length of treatment will vary depending on the appliance used and the severity of the orthodontic issue. Every smile responds differently to treatment and each plan is 100% customized.
Treatment with braces and aligners can take as little as 6 months and up to 18 or 24 months for more comprehensive cases. Want to get an exact figure? Find out your custom treatment length through a free virtual consultation.
No, braces don’t hurt. You may feel slight tenderness for the first few days as your teeth adjust to your new appliance. This discomfort should only last for a day or two (usually after fitting and adjustment appointments) and can be treated with over-the-counter pain relief.
If you experience persistent discomfort, please contact us immediately so that we can help ensure that your braces are working properly.