Orthodontic FAQs

Orthodontic treatment is a big deal, so having some questions is natural before treatment begins. At Sandifer Orthodontics, we want it to be easy to get the answers you need. We’ve compiled a list of orthodontic FAQs so you can learn what to expect and get peace of mind about you or your child’s treatment. 

What exactly is orthodontic treatment? 

The field of orthodontics is all about creating straight, healthy smiles that our patients can feel proud of. As a specialized branch of dentistry, orthodontic treatment focuses on diagnosing, preventing, and treating dental and facial abnormalities. 

At Sandifer Orthodontics, we’re passionate about creating beautiful and healthy smiles. Our experienced orthodontist, Dr. Camille Sandifer, provides personalized care to every patient she sees. She uses her extensive knowledge and the latest techniques to correct issues like misaligned teeth and jaws to improve your smile and oral health.

Who needs orthodontic treatment? 

Orthodontic treatment isn’t just for teens with crooked teeth. It’s for anyone—children, teens, and adults—who need help achieving a healthier, more confident smile. You might need orthodontic treatment if you have crowded or spaced teeth, an overbite, an underbite, or other jaw alignment issues. 

At Sandifer Orthodontics, we believe improving your smile is never too late. Our team is committed to providing effective and personalized treatment plans for patients of all ages in Jackson and Brandon.

What are my treatment options? 

At Sandifer Orthodontics, we offer various treatment options to cater to your unique needs and preferences. 

Traditional Metal Braces: Made of high-quality stainless steel or titanium, traditional braces use brackets and wires to gradually shift your teeth into the desired position. They’re a versatile solution, suitable for patients of all ages with moderate to severe dental crowding, including complex bite issues and spacing problems.

Clear or Ceramic Braces: Like traditional braces, clear braces use brackets and wires to adjust your teeth’s position over time. Unlike traditional braces, this option uses brackets that blend in with the color of your teeth, making them less noticeable. They’re an excellent choice for patients seeking a less noticeable treatment option, particularly teens and adults with moderate dental problems who are concerned about the aesthetic impact of metal braces.

Invisalign: Clear aligners from Invisalign are custom-made, removable trays that fit snugly over your teeth to gradually shift them into alignment. They’re virtually invisible and can be removed for eating, brushing, and special occasions. Clear aligners are a great option for patients with mild to moderate dental misalignments, and they’re particularly popular among adults and older teens who want to straighten their teeth without the noticeable appearance of braces.

Each treatment has its benefits, and Dr. Sandifer will help you choose the one that’s right for you.

Orthodontic treatment is a big deal, so having some questions is natural before treatment begins. At Sandifer Orthodontics, we want it to be easy to get the answers you need.

How do I know which treatment is right for me? 

Choosing the right orthodontic treatment is a decision that should be made in consultation with your orthodontist, considering your specific needs and lifestyle. At Sandifer Orthodontics, your orthodontist will examine your smile, discuss your goals, and recommend the most suitable treatment. We believe in personalized care, and our team is committed to helping you make an informed decision that will lead to a healthier, more confident smile.

How long do I have to wear braces or clear aligners? 

The duration of orthodontic treatment varies greatly depending on your needs and the type of treatment you choose. On average, patients wear braces or aligners for about 12 to 24 months. However, some cases may require a shorter or longer period. Dr. Sandifer will give you an estimated timeline during your consultation and work diligently to ensure efficient, effective results.

What happens after treatment is over? 

First and foremost, you’ll have a brand-new straight smile! Once your active orthodontic treatment concludes, you’ll enter the retention phase, which is just as important. This phase ensures your teeth don’t drift back to their original positions. 

Retainers are custom-made devices designed to hold your teeth in their new positions. You’ll wear a retainer after treatment as your smile solidifies. At Sandifer Orthodontics, we’ll provide you with a retainer and instructions on how to wear and care for it. 

Regular check-ups during this phase will help us monitor your progress and maintain your beautiful new smile. Remember, a disciplined approach to wearing your retainer is the key to preserving the results of your orthodontic treatment.

Orthodontic treatment is a big deal, so having some questions is natural before treatment begins. At Sandifer Orthodontics, we want it to be easy to get the answers you need.

Start Your Straight Smile Journey at Sandifer Orthodontics

At Sandifer Orthodontics, we’re committed to helping you achieve the smile you’ve always dreamed of. Our dedicated team is here to guide you through your orthodontic journey, from choosing the right treatment to maintaining your new smile after treatment. 

Ready to start your journey to a healthier, more confident smile? Contact our Jackson or Brandon office today to schedule your free consultation. We can’t wait to meet you and help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted!