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Frequently Asked Questions

Below you can find the answers to most common questions asked by our patients. We want you to know that if you still have a question for us after reading through this page, please feel free to just call and ask! We will always take the time to make sure you are completely comfortable in understanding your dental care.

How do I know if my child needs orthodontic treatment?

This can be difficult to answer because, for some children, slight alignment problems might stem from major issues, while in others, severe-looking problems will eventually resolve on their own. It’s best to initially ask your children’s dentist, but to be extra sure, you can make an appointment with us today. Your first consultation is free!

What age should my child see an orthodontist?

Dr. Paul W. Reed and The American Association of Orthodontist recommend that your child should see an orthodontist by age 7 in order to catch the initial signs of potential problems.

Can my child get braces even if they are missing teeth?

Yes, and in many cases, orthodontic treatment is absolutely necessary. Often, teeth will try to drift into the open space, and this can cause alignment problems for baby teeth and incoming adult teeth. If your child has large gaps in their smile, be sure to schedule an appointment with us.

Do I really need to straighten my child’s baby teeth?

Yes, the baby teeth play an important role in helping the permanent teeth come in correctly. Even though they’ll eventually fall out, straightened baby teeth can do a lot to prevent more orthodontic problems from developing in the future.

I’m an adult, is it too late for me to straighten my teeth?

Fortunately, no! Age is not a factor when it comes to orthodontic treatment, and we happily treat adult patients at both our Gaylord and Petoskey offices.

How long will I/my child need to wear braces?

This will depend on your particular situation, patient cooperation, and what kinds of problems we are trying to correct. In general, braces can take anywhere from 6-30 months to completely straighten teeth. Dr. Paul W. Reed will be able to give you a more defined timeline when you see him.

Is my only option traditional metal braces?

There are many options for orthodontic treatment, and many don’t involve braces at all! For children, we can use dentofacial orthopedics to completely avoid the need for braces, or we can give them braces made of ceramic. For teens and adults, they can get Invisalign, which is a clear aligner system that provides the same results with a much more subtle appearance.