Orthodontic Dental FAQs

At Define Orthodontics, we love helping our patients better understand their dental health and orthodontic treatment plans. We are happy to answer any questions you might have during your consultation. If you have concerns that need to be addressed before your initial appointment, please feel free to contact us. Our friendly and compassionate team of orthodontic professionals looks forward to helping patients of all ages define their lives by creating confident smiles. See the answers to frequently asked questions about orthodontic services below.

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When should I begin orthodontic treatment?

It’s never too late to begin orthodontic treatment. However, the older you are, the longer it will take to convince your teeth to shift into a straighter position. This is why many people pursue orthodontics when they are younger, or even teenagers. In fact, Define Orthodontics offers orthodontic services for patients of all ages. From early intervention to support healthy oral development to solutions for adults with orthodontic needs, Define Orthodontics is equipped to meet your orthodontic needs at any stage of development.

Does my child need early orthodontic intervention?

Early orthodontic intervention is for proactive parents who know their children will likely need orthodontic services at some point in their lives. Getting started on orthodontic treatment early in the development of your child’s dental structures will potentially save you time and money on additional orthodontic services later on.  Around the age of 7, we recommend bringing in your child for a thorough orthodontic exam with Dr. Sodhi. She will evaluate the progress of your child’s dental development and make suggestions on minimally invasive orthodontic appliances that can be used to aid in creating a stable foundation for your child’s permanent teeth to grow into.

Why should I straighten my smile?

Patients often think of orthodontic services as having primarily cosmetic benefits. However, in addition to achieving a more uniform smile, orthodontic services allow patients to better their overall dental health. Studies have shown that patients with crooked teeth are more likely to develop dental concerns like TMJ disorders due to the misalignment of their jaw. Additionally, a misaligned bite pattern increases a patient’s chance of developing gum disease and tooth decay. Straightening your smile will not only leave you feeling more confident with your looks but also more confident about your overall dental health.