What is Orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a dental specialty concerned with the diagnosis, prevention, and management of misaligned teeth and jaws.

What is an Orthodontist?

An orthodontist, such as Dr. Boucher, is a dentist who has undergone 2-3 years of additional training to align teeth, correct jaw positioning, and enhance dental function.

What’s the Best Age to Visit the Orthodontist?

Any time is ideal for an orthodontic checkup. The American Association of Orthodontists suggests that children have their first evaluation at seven years old, but adults constitute roughly 20% of our orthodontic patients. No matter the age, it’s never too late for an orthodontic consultation.

How Should I Care for My Teeth with Braces or a Retainer?

  • Brush after every meal and floss daily.
  • Use fluoride toothpaste and consider a fluoride rinse to prevent cavities.
  • Keep retainers clean and safe; brush them and use denture cleaner as directed.
  • Avoid sugary, sticky, chewy, and hard foods that can harm braces.
  • Continue regular dental check-ups, typically every six months.

What are Braces?

Braces, available in varieties like clear, ceramic, self-ligating, invisible, and traditional metal, are tools an orthodontist uses to enhance your smile.

How Long Will I Wear Braces?

Braces may be needed for 6 to 30 months, with the average treatment lasting 22 months. Individual needs vary.

Do Braces Hurt?

Braces might be uncomfortable initially, but this discomfort usually eases within a few days.

Do I Need to Brush More Often with Braces?

Yes, brush at least three times a day and floss daily. We will guide you on proper cleaning techniques for braces.

Are Regular Dental Checkups Necessary with Braces?

Absolutely. Regular visits to your dentist during orthodontic treatment are crucial to prevent dental issues.

Will Braces Affect School Activities?

You might need to adapt initially, but braces won’t prevent you from engaging in sports, playing instruments, or singing. For sports, a mouthguard is recommended for protection.

How Do I Schedule My Next Appointment?

Give our office a call! Our team will arrange your next visit at your convenience. If you’re new or referred to us, we’ll ensure you have all the necessary details.

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  • “From the moment you enter the office, you get a pleasant and relaxed feeling from the friendly and efficient office staff. Their wonderful smiles always put me at ease. Dr. Boucher’s gentle expertise and professional care extends to his very knowledgeable and confident support staff.”

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  • “Love, love, love this practice! Not only do my children receive top-notch ortho treatment, but the staff is exceptional. As someone who works in the dental field and sees patients from all over Chester County, I know that Boucher Orthodontics is second to none!”

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  • “We couldn’t be more pleased with Dr. Boucher and his team. Dr. Boucher is an exceptional orthodontist, with an incredible depth and scope of orthodontics. He gives his patients a functionally sound as well as beautiful smile. From the friendly and accommodating staff at the front desk to the talented, friendly clinical staff, it is always a great visit to his office!”

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