Frequently Asked Questions for the Orthodontist!

When is the right time to see an orthodontist?

Dr. Woodall shares his thoughts on the question on his blog post When should my child see an Orthodontist

Am I too Old for Braces?

No way!!  In fact, between 25-35% of Dr. Woodall’s patients are adults!  More and more adults are deciding to have orthodontic treatment.  Whether Invisalign, Clear Braces or Traditional braces, more adults than ever are doing it!

How long will it take to straighten my teeth?

Today, the length of orthodontic treatment is much shorter than the length of treatment in the past as a result of new types of braces and wires.  Also, there are less frequent visits to the orthodontist as a result of these advances.  The length of treatment is very patient specific; some patients may be treated in as few as 6-10 months while other patient’s treatment will take 18-24 months.

Will braces hurt?

Dr. Woodall uses the most gentle appliances available to move teeth.  Special titaium based wires allow for light forces to be applied to teeth.  Typically, more gentle forces result in less discomfort.  The days of tears in the orthodontic office and for days beyond the first visit are over!  Most patients find it takes about 3 days to adjust to their new braces.   Typically, once patients are “over the hump” of having something new in their mouth and up against their cheeks then they are home free!

How much do braces cost?

The costs of treatment are based on the difficulty of the treatment, the appliances needed, and the estimated length of treatment.  At Woodall Orthodontics, we have several payment options available and we will do our best to provide an option that works for you and your lifestyle.  Often, patients have some insurance coverage to help pay for treatment.  We will work with you and the insurance company so that you may take advantage of this coverage.

When should my child stop sucking their thumb or quit using a pacifier:

Follow this link for the answer: Thumb Sucking and Pacifiers