Our orthodontists, Dr. Lala and Dr. Metcalf, understand that orthodontic care in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, can be a confusing process, but they are happy to answer any questions you have in this FAQ page! Please feel free to give Blog a call if you have any unanswered questions after reading our frequently asked questions page.

Can you be too old for braces?
No you cannot be too old for braces. Age is not a factor, and we invite you to call our office if you are interested in aligning your teeth and straightening your smile. As long as your gums and bones are strong and healthy, you can go through orthodontic treatment at any age. We have many adults who come in and choose to take advantage of our orthodontics, and we have even had a patient who was 78 years old.

Will orthodontic treatment hurt?
Throughout time, orthodontic appliances have improved and advanced to give each person the results they desire along with the comfort they deserve. We currently use high-tech wires, smaller brackets, and innovative accessories to ensure the most comfortable and easy orthodontic experience. You will, however, experience some discomfort after your braces have been tightened, but that is completely normal and it will only last a couple of days. The discomfort can be dulled with the use of over-the-counter pain medications.

What are extraction and non-extraction therapy?
Extraction therapy is the process of removing a tooth to allow room for the other teeth in your mouth. This is a very beneficial technique for those who have a crowded mouth and need to find space for a full-functional oral cavity. Non-extraction therapy is the process of expanding your jaw to make room for every tooth in your mouth.

What is the length of orthodontic treatment?
We typically expect 12 to 14 months for the first phase of treatment, but each patient is different. During the second phase of treatment, we generally expect 18 to 36 months, depending on the situation. During your time with our orthodontic treatment, you will come into our office and visit with your orthodontist to ensure success.