All About Braces
What is an orthodontist?
An orthodontist has attended 10+ years of education after high school including college, dental school, and an accredited two or three year specialty residency. Only those who have completed this specialized training may call themselves "orthodontists." An orthodontist is a specialist who focuses their practice solely on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of problems with the fit and function of the teeth and jaws.
Why straighten teeth?
Straight teeth help an individual to effectively bite, chew and speak. Properly aligned teeth and jaws may alleviate or prevent physical health problems. Straight teeth are also less prone to decay, gum disease and injury. An attractive smile is a wonderful asset. It contributes to self-esteem, self-confidence and self-image—important qualities at every age. A person's self-esteem often improves as orthodontic treatment brings teeth, lips and face into proportion. In this way, orthodontic treatment can benefit social and career success, as well as improve a person’s general attitude toward life.
What's it like getting braces put on?
It's quick and easy to get started with braces. No shots are necessary and the process only takes a few minutes. Click here to watch Dr. Scott Chong put braces on his 6-year old daughter.
Is it hard to get new wires and colors?
Changing the wires and colors re-activates the braces and helps the teeth to move. This is also a quick and easy procedure. This video shows Dr. Scott Chong changing his daughter's colors.