Orthodontic Frequently Asked Questions

At Bernuy Orthodontic Specialist, with locations in South Austin and Georgetown, we get asked lots of frequently asked questions. And, while we love educating and informing our patients about all things orthodontic, sometimes it is easier to cover some of the most frequently asked questions on our FAQ page. Below we have answered the most frequently asked questions we get asked. Got additional questions we should add to our FAQ? Let us know at your next appointment and we’ll get them added to our FAQ page.

What is Orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a type of dentistry that focuses on diagnosing, preventing and treating dental and facial imperfections.

What is an Orthodontist?

An orthodontist is a specialist in dentistry. After completing dental school, an additional 2-3 years of advanced orthodontic training is required which focuses on teaching tooth movement and facial development.

What Are the Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment?

  • A beautiful, straight, healthy-looking smile.
  • Improved self-confidence.
  • Improved bite/chewing function.
  • Improved oral health (teeth and gums).
  • Easier dental care.

What Are the Signs that Braces May be Needed?

  • Teeth Spacing Issues
  • Teeth Alignment Issues
  • Overcrowding of Teeth
  • Rotated Teeth
  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Bite/Chewing Issues
  • Uneven Teeth

At What Age Should Orthodontic Treatment Begin?

At Bernuy Orthodontics, we recommend that each child visit an orthodontist at least by the age of 7 before jaw growth begins to slow. Once jaw growth starts slowing, more complicated procedures may be necessary. Orthodontic treatment, however, can begin at any age; it is never too late to achieve a perfect smile.
How Long Does Orthodontic Treatment Take?

Orthodontic treatment duration can vary greatly (between one to two years) depending upon a variety of factors, which can include:

  • The severity of Dental/Facial Imperfections
  • Compliance with Orthodontic Treatment
  • Type of Orthodontic Treatment
  • Oral Hygiene

Is Orthodontic Treatment Painful?

At our Georgetown and South Austin orthodontic practices, most of our patients say that discomfort and soreness associated with their orthodontic treatment lasted only for a few days. We recommend over-the-counter pain medications and even warm salt water to help with the discomfort. Wax and silicone will be provided to put on any rough areas which can help reduce mouth irritation.