Orthodontic FAQs

Drs. Wiltshire and Brassington have provided answers to their most frequently asked questions to help you better understand your orthodontic treatments.

What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a specialty in dentistry that focuses on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of malocclusion (alignment and relationship of the teeth and jaws), TMJ (jaw joint) disorders, and facial aesthetics and balance.

What is an orthodontist?

Orthdontists are dentists who have completed additional years of training beyond dental school in their field of expertise. This training focuses on the correction of misaligned teeth and jaw structures, and improving the beauty and function of your smile.

When should my child have an orthodontic exam?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children visit the orthodontist for the first time at about age 7. However, orthodontic care is available to patients of all ages.

What are braces?

Braces are an orthodontic treatment consisting of wires and brackets that gently move your teeth into the proper alignment to improve your smile. There are several types of braces available to meet your needs. Treatment lengths vary depending on individual patient needs.

How do I schedule my next appointment?

Just call Richmond Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics! Our friendly team will be happy to help you schedule your first appointment with us,