What is the difference between a dentist and an orthodontist?
All orthodontists are dentists, but not all dentists are orthodontists. In fact, only about six out of a hundred dentists have the proper training to be "orthodontists".
As a specialist in orthodontics, unlike general dentists who provide orthodontic care, Dr. Alexander and Dr. Hoffman are focused only on your orthodontic needs and have completed the residencies necessary to be licensed Orthodontists.
What age should I schedule an appointment for an orthodontic screening?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic screening at age seven. By this age, the six-year molars and several permanent teeth in most children have erupted allowing the doctors to effectively evaluate most developing orthodontic problems. Early diagnosis and treatment can help guide jaw growth and tooth eruption, preventing more serious problems in the future.
What type of braces do you offer?
At Alexander Orthodontics, we offer an array of treatment options to find the best option for your specific needs. We offer traditional metal brackets, clear ceramic brackets, lingual brackets, and clear aligners including Invisalign. We also offer palatal expanders, orthopedic appliances to correct growth issues, and digital impressions.
How long will I wear my braces?
The length of treatment can vary and will depend on the specific complexities of your case. Orthodontic treatment time can range from as short as 6 months or up to 30 months, but the average length of treatment is 2 years.