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Frequently Asked Questions


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Below you’ll find a list of frequently asked questions about orthodontics and the different kinds of treatment provided at your local Salt Lake City orthodontic practices. It’s important to remember that these are general questions and answers to common topics. To truly diagnose and create a treatment plan specific to you, we advise scheduling an appointment with one of our highly skilled, personable doctors at any one of our locations in Roy, Layton, Sugarhouse, West Valley City, West Jordan, Riverton, American Fork, Orem, or Mapleton.

What are the benefits of orthodontics?

Aside from creating an attractive smile that builds self-confidence, orthodontic treatment also improves the overall health of your teeth and gums by increasing the ability to clean teeth, reducing the risk of injury from protruding teeth, and helping to better align the jaw and bite.

When should I get braces?

After consulting with your doctor and determining the right treatment plan, you can get braces at nearly any age. Some issues that may require orthodontic intervention include crowded or overlapping teeth, difficulty chewing, gaps or spaces between teeth, the presence of an underbite or deep bite (when the majority of the lower teeth are covered by the upper front teeth), excessive teeth wearing or grinding, and misalignment of the jaw.

How long does treatment take?

The average time it takes for orthodontic treatment to finish is one to two years, but every case is unique and may be shorter or longer than the average. Attending regular appointments as well as maintaining proper oral hygiene will help to keep the treatment plan on schedule.

Do braces hurt?

There is no pain whatsoever when braces are put on, but there may be some discomfort or soreness in the following days after placement. There are over-the-counter medications that are available for pain relief, but please consult your doctor before taking anything else.

Are there other options besides metal braces?

Thanks to today’s advances in orthodontic technology, there are numerous options that you can choose from for treatment. At Utah Orthodontic Care, we provide traditional metal braces as well as clear braces and ClearCorrect invisible aligners. You can consult with your doctor to pick which option is right for you.

Will braces interfere with playing sports/playing musical instruments/which foods I can eat?

Braces do require some getting used to, but they will not seriously alter your way of life while they’re on. You can play any sport you want, but it is recommended that you wear a mouth guard. Overall, musical instrument play will not be changed, but there may be a short initial period of adjustment. In regards to eating, most food is completely fine to eat. However, raw vegetables, ice, hard candy, and all sticky foods should be avoided.

Do I need to see my general dentist while I have braces?

Yes, every six months you should schedule an appointment to see your general dentist for teeth cleanings and dental checkups. This is often more important during orthodontic treatment, as braces can make your teeth more difficult to clean.

Once I get my braces off, do I have to wear a retainer?

Yes, you will need to wear a retainer to ensure that the progress made during treatment doesn’t relapse. How long you’ll have to wear the retainer depends on how well you’re attending regular appointments and the length of your treatment. Your doctor will have a specific instruction set for you to follow.

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If you have any more questions, please feel free to give us a call directly! You can find the phone number for each office location here. Our helpful, friendly team members will get back to you as soon as possible. We look forward to making you a part of our Utah Orthodontic Care family!