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As part of our commitment to providing convenient orthodontics, we offer the opportunity to fill in your paperwork before your appointment. All of our forms can be downloaded and filled out at your leisure. We ask that you bring along the completed forms and contact us with any questions you may have.
Forms are valid for any of our six office locations.
What You Need to Know About Orthodontics
- What is the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist?
An orthodontist is a general dentist who has had two to three more years of full-time training in orthodontics, resulting in a nationally accepted specialty certificate. The orthodontist then limits their practice to straightening teeth and correcting jaw problems.
You need to continue seeing your general dentist during orthodontic treatment.
- What is Phase 1 treatment?
Phase 1 treatment is delivered early and before all permanent teeth have erupted. The purpose of this early care is to start correcting harmful malocclusions or poor bites that may be more difficult or impossible to correct later.
Phase 1 treatment includes correcting crossbites, underbites, and overbites. This is to restore the function of the bite, improve aesthetics, or relieve psychological concerns. Phase 1 treatment doesn’t eliminate the need for further orthodontics (during the teenage years) but rather helps reduce treatment and improve future health.
- What is Phase 2 treatment?
Conventional orthodontics is also known as Phase 2 treatment and may start while the last baby teeth are still falling out. Usually, this phase continues until the 12-year molars have been assessed and aligned. This treatment varies depending on each patients’ personal needs but typically lasts between 18-36 months.
- Will it hurt?
Most patients experience very little discomfort during and after their treatment at Lucas Orthodontic Group.
The procedure to place your braces does not hurt. However, you may feel some soreness for a few days after we place the braces and connect the archwires. There is also a bedding in period as your teeth and lips adapt to the new braces.
- How long does orthodontic treatment take?
There are a number of factors that affect your personal treatment time such as:
- Rate of growth
- Severity of the correction
- Your commitment to oral hygiene
- Your attenedance at regular check-ups
Although treatment times vary on a case-by-case basis, it typically takes one to two years to your align your smile.