Do you have questions about orthodontics in Kalispell, Montana? Read our FAQ page to find answers! We also invite you to call The Brace Place at 406-752-8686 or 406-75-ORTHO and speak with our team if you have additional questions. We will be happy to provide you with more information and help you schedule an appointment with our experienced orthodontists, Dr. Kurt Bray or Dr. Robert Olsen.

What is Orthodontics?


Orthodontics is a specialized branch of dentistry that addresses the diagnosis, prevention and correction of misaligned teeth and jaws. An orthodontist undergoes two to three years of additional training beyond dental school to specialize in managing tooth movement and guiding the development of the face and jaws.

When Should My Child Have Their First Orthodontic Appointment?


The American Association of Orthodontists® recommends that children have their first orthodontic evaluation by the age of 7. By this age, many permanent teeth are in place, making it easier to identify and address any developmental issues. A screening at age 7 can determine if orthodontic treatment is needed and when it should begin.

Is There an Age Limit for Orthodontic Treatment?


Absolutely not! Orthodontic treatment is not just for children and teens; a growing number of adults are also improving their smiles and dental health through orthodontics. Treatment is possible as long as the teeth and gums are healthy.

What Types of Braces Are Available?


Today, patients can choose from several styles of braces, including traditional metal braces, ceramic (clear) braces and clear aligners. During your initial consultation, our specialist will help you decide which option best meets your needs. Contact our office to learn more or to schedule your appointment.

How Should I Care for My Teeth with Braces?


Maintaining excellent oral hygiene is crucial when you have braces. To keep your teeth healthy, you should:

  • Brush your teeth three times daily, especially after meals.
  • Thoroughly clean around brackets and wires.
  • Use floss daily, utilizing tools like floss threaders if necessary.
  • Rinse after cleaning.
  • Avoid certain foods that could damage braces.

Regular care is essential to avoid issues like tooth decay or extended treatment periods.

Can I Straighten My Teeth Discreetly?


Yes, you can! Options like clear ceramic braces and clear aligners offer less noticeable ways to align your teeth. We understand the importance of confidence and self-esteem; our team is dedicated to ensuring you feel and look your best during and after treatment. Contact us to explore discreet straightening options.

What Should I Do in an Orthodontic Emergency?


If you encounter an orthodontic emergency, such as a broken appliance or discomfort from braces, contact our office immediately. Prompt communication allows us to provide the necessary advice and make timely repairs, even if you have an upcoming regular appointment.

How Long Does Orthodontic Treatment Take?


The duration of orthodontic treatment varies widely among patients. Thanks to advancements in technology, treatments are now quicker, more comfortable and more effective. During your consultation, we will develop a tailored treatment plan that addresses all your orthodontic needs and discuss the timeline for your treatment with you.

Can Orthodontists Address Jaw Issues?


Our practice is equipped to handle all types of orthodontic issues, helping you achieve a straighter, healthier, and more functional smile. Common issues include overbites, underbites and others. We also specialize in dentofacial orthopedics, which focuses on normalizing bone growth and correcting facial and jaw imbalances.

What If I am Anxious About Visiting the Orthodontist?


If you feel anxious about orthodontic visits, please let us know. We take your concerns seriously and offer various strategies to help you feel more comfortable, such as sedation options, pain management techniques, and anxiety-reducing practices like guided imagery and deep breathing.

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