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  • Upper teeth are behind or inside the lower front teeth (underbite)
  • Upper teeth cover most of the lower teeth when biting down (deep bite)
  • The midlines of the upper and lower teeth do not line up
  • Spaces or gaps between teeth
  • Crowded or overlapping teeth

Orthodontic treatment can begin at any age, however most orthodontic problems are easier to correct at an earlier age. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child make their first visit to an orthodontist by age 7.

Treatment times vary on the individual patient, but usually it takes anywhere from one to two years, sometimes longer. Treatment time largely depends on patient compliance, including maintaining good oral hygiene and keeping up with appointments.

Yes, you can still play sports. However, it’s recommended you protect your mouth by wearing a mouthguard. 

Yes, regular checkups and cleanings with your general dentist are very important, especially with braces. Keeping your teeth and gums clean and healthy is an important part of any orthodontic treatment.

  • Brush your teeth after every meal (even snacks!)
  • Floss at least once a day. We will show you how to use a floss threader to reach underneath your wires. 
  • Avoid sticky, chewy, sugary foods. These can not only get stuck in your braces, but also increase your risk of cavities. 
  • If you have clear aligners, remove them to eat and drink. Brush your teeth before putting them back in. Also remember to regularly clean your aligners. 

If you lose your retainer, contact us immediately so we can make a new one. Teeth shift very quickly, so do not wait. Be sure to save the 3D model we printed of your teeth, so we can use it to make you a new retainer.