Chances are that you have questions about your braces, aligners or treatment. Dr. Richard Risinger, our orthodontist, and our team have provided orthodontic FAQ in Glastonbury, Wethersfield, Rocky Hill and Marlborough, Connecticut, to help you find some answers. If you still have questions, you can always call Risinger Orthodontics at 860-633-8321 and make an appointment with Dr. Richard Risinger.

What is orthodontics?
Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry focused on every aspect of facial irregularities, including poorly aligned teeth and jaws. The most common work that orthodontists do is straightening a patient’s smile, and they must have two to three years of extra, specialized training in order to effectively and safely deal with orthodontic problems.

When should my child receive their first orthodontic screening?
According to the American Association of Orthodontists®, age 7 is the time when children should have received an orthodontic examination. By this time, the child’s permanent teeth will have begun to erupt, and it will be easier for the orthodontist to spot any problems before they develop.

Am I too old for orthodontic treatment?
Many of our patients who receive orthodontic treatment are children and teenagers, but anyone can straighten their smile at any stage of their life! Beginning treatment earlier does generally mean shorter treatment times, but do not let your age keep you from getting the healthy smile you have been dreaming of!

What are my options for braces?
If you have been putting off orthodontic treatment because you do not want to deal with the bulk and care of traditional braces, there are other options available. Invisalign® clear aligners and ceramic braces both offer discreet alignment options, while traditional braces are still very effective and popular.