At Bernuy Orthodontics, with locations in South Austin and Georgetown, we get asked lots of questions. And, while we love educating and informing our patients about all things orthodontics, sometimes it is easiest to cover some of the most frequently asked questions. 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 frequently asked questions page.
Orthodontics is a type of dentistry which focuses on diagnosing, preventing and treating dental and facial imperfections.
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.
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.
Orthodontic treatment durations can vary greatly (between one to two years) depending upon a variety of factors, which can include:
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.