We have carefully resumed routine orthodontic care to serve you. Please see our safety procedures here and call us for your next visit.

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Let’s Answer Some Orthodontic FAQs!

Many people don’t know much about orthodontic treatment, and we tend to hear a lot of the same questions from patients.

Let’s answer a few of those now in a quick FAQ session!

1. What does “malocclusion” mean?

The word “malocclusion” means “bad bite” in Latin. It’s the umbrella term we use to refer to problems like underbites, overbites, deep bites, and crossbites. A malocclusion can only be corrected with orthodontic treatment.

2. Will braces keep me from playing a musical instrument?

There can be an adjustment period involved for brass and woodwind players who start orthodontic treatment, but it is certainly possible to keep playing those instruments with braces!

3. Can I speed up my treatment with extra rubber bands?

NO! The orthodontist has already determined the most efficient route to Braces Off Day. Adding more rubber bands will only cause new problems that will take longer to solve.

4. Can a person be too old for braces?

While we tend to associate braces with adolescence, modern orthodontic treatment includes adult braces!

5. How long will my orthodontic treatment take?

Depending on the complexity of the problems to be corrected, treatment can take anywhere from a few months to a couple of years.

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The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.