About Orthodontics

orthodontics patient with braces talking on phone

For most people, achieving a healthy, beautiful smile is the reason for receiving orthodontic care. If you’re self-conscious about your smile, correcting your concerns with braces will greatly improve the way you look and feel.

When your treatment is complete, you will have the smile you’ve always dreamed of and the confidence to show it off! We also want you to feel comfortable and confident throughout your entire orthodontic experience, and our practice is dedicated to making sure that you receive the quality care you deserve with an easy payment plan that you can afford!

How Orthodontic Treatment Works

Orthodontic appliances are made of metal, ceramic, or plastic. They may be removable or they may be brackets bonded to the teeth. By placing a constant, gentle force in a carefully controlled direction, braces slowly move teeth to the proper position.

Gone are the days when a metal band with a bracket was placed around each tooth. You can now choose clear or metal brackets and, in some cases, the color of your appliance. Wires are far less noticeable, and the latest materials are designed to move teeth faster with more comfort. Today, any age is a great age to wear braces!

Duration of Treatment

Treatment time varies and can last between one and three years, depending on several factors including age, treatment method, and how minor or severe your case is. A big factor in a successful treatment is you! The more involved and diligent you are, the more efficient your treatment will be. For children, receiving interceptive or early treatment can also help provide a quicker treatment time.

Before beginning your orthodontic care, your doctor will discuss all of your options and provide an estimate for how long your full treatment may take. Please contact our practice to schedule an appointment and learn more about orthodontics and the treatments we provide.

American Association of Orthodontists FAQ

Why Choose an Orthodontic Specialist?

An Orthodontic Specialist must complete 2-3 years of training after graduation from dental school. Some orthodontic programs, such as the one that Dr. Parks attended, also require that residents obtain a Masters degree. This extensive training and credentialing, combined with intense experience in the practice of orthodontics exclusively, is the number one reason that you should trust a certified orthodontist with your smile.

In the link below, American Association of Orthodontists further elaborates on the reason that an orthodontic specialist should be your doctor of choice for braces, clear aligners or dentofacial orthopedics.

AAO – Choose an Orthodontist