• Is it required that my family dentist schedule my appointment with the orthodontist?

    No, it is not. Many of our patients are referred by their family dentist, yet many other patients take the initiative to schedule an examination themselves.

    At what age should I schedule an appointment for an orthodontic screening?

    The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic screening at age 7. By this age, several permanent teeth in most children have erupted, allowing us to effectively evaluate your orthodontic condition.

    Will my teeth straighten out as they grow?

    No, they will not. The space available for the front teeth does not increase as you grow. In most people, after the permanent molars erupt, the space available for the front teeth decreases with age.

    How do I scheudle an appointment for an initial exam?

    If you or your child can potentially benefit from orthodontic treatment, simply call our office or send us an e-mail. We will be happy to schedule an appointment for you. When you call to schedule your appointment, our front office staff will request some basic information from you.

    What will happen at the initial examination appointment?

    Upon arriving, each patient will be asked for the new patient forms and insurance card. The doctor will then complete a thorough clinical exam. Additional information, such as X-rays or photographs, may be needed for proper diagnosis.


Step 1. Start with the outside of the teeth, with the brush at a straight angle. Use circular, vibrating motions.

Step 2. Clean the area between the gums and braces by angling the brush down (up for the lower jaw). Keep moving in a small circular motion.

Step 3. Clean the rest of the outside of the teeth by angling the brush up (down for the lower jaw).

Step 4. Carefully brush the chewing surface of both the upper and lower jaw.

Step 5. Finish by brushing the inside of the teeth.

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Step 1. Floss at least once a day. The Floss needs to be pulled under the archwire. A floss threader facilitates this. Start by pulling floss through the threader.

Step 2. Push the end of the floss threader under the archwire and pull the floss through.

Step 3. Pull the floss up between the teeth and gently move it up and down the side of both teeth. Remember to move it up all the way under the gums.

Step 4. Pull the floss out and use a different section of it for the next tooth.

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emergency info

Sore Teeth

If your teeth are sore after a visit, you may take acetaminophen or other non-aspirin pain relievers while you adjust to your new braces. A warm wash cloth, heating pad or warm salt water rinses may reduce the soreness in your jaws.

Wire Irritation

If your teeth are sore after a visit, you may take acetaminophen or other non-aspirin pain relievers while you adjust to your new braces. A warm wash cloth, heating pad or warm salt water rinses may reduce the soreness in your jaws.

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food guidelines

Your teeth may be a little sore for the first week in braces, so we, recommend sticking to a soft food diet until the discomfort subsides. While in braces, you can still eat just about anything although there are a few exceptions. You should avoid hard foods, such as ice and pizza crust, as well as sticky foods, including licorice and caramels. These food can damage wires and brackets. It is also important to minimize foods high in sugar content, like ice cream and cookies, and reduce sugary drinks to once a day.


common problems

When a person’s teeth or jaw structure do not fit together properly, orthodontic treatment may be necessary to straighten teeth and promote ideal function. These problems, often referred to as malocclusions (or bad bites), can cause speech difficulty, premature wear of the teeth and protective enamel and even increase the chance of injury to teeth and jaw joints, if left untreated.


In this case, the upper teeth are inside the lower teeth, which is also known as an underbite.


In this case, there is a spacing problem in the upper jaw.

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  • Christine says...

    I took my daughter Alyssa to see Dr. Bob to discuss braces and he and his staff where fantastic, very friendly and everyone had a smile on their faces. Alyssa is looking forward to visiting Dr. Bob's office again and having her braces put on. Thank you Dr. Bob and staff for making our visit a comfortable and fun one.

  • Moses says...

    I had braces for two years by Dr Bryan and I got my braces off today. They look great and everyone is so nice at the office! Dr Bryan is the best!!

  • Audrey says...

    I am eternally grateful for Dr Bryan and his staff. They have made my teeth beautiful and worth all of the appliances I went through to get them. His staff is well trained, very knowledgeable, and exceptionally gentle. I would recommend his office to anyone who needs their teeth straightened.

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