If you have questions about orthodontic treatment in Boise, Idaho, we invite you to read our FAQ page to find answers. We also welcome you to call State Street Dental at 208-939-1700 and speak with our team if you have additional questions or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Gregory Davis. Our experienced dentist and team are dedicated to providing you with quality care that meets your needs and will help you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile. Give us a call today!

What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a dental specialty focused on diagnosing, preventing and treating dental and facial irregularities. This includes issues such as misaligned teeth and jaws. Orthodontists are dental specialists who receive two to three years of additional training after dental school to manage tooth movement and guide facial development.

What does orthodontic treatment involve?

Orthodontic treatment typically involves the use of braces or clear aligners to gradually move teeth into their proper positions. The process begins with a consultation and evaluation, followed by the development of a personalized treatment plan. Throughout the treatment, you will have regular appointments to adjust your braces or aligners and monitor progress. Treatment duration varies depending on individual needs but usually ranges from one to three years.

Why straighten teeth?

Straightening teeth can improve your oral health, function and appearance. Properly aligned teeth are easier to clean, reducing the risk of cavities and gum disease. Straight teeth also improve bite function, reducing stress on the jaw and preventing problems like TMJ disorders. Additionally, a straight smile can boost your self-confidence and enhance your overall appearance.

Who can benefit from orthodontic treatment?

Orthodontic treatment can benefit people of all ages, from children to adults. It is ideal for anyone with misaligned teeth, crowded teeth, gaps between teeth or bite issues such as overbites, underbites and crossbites. Whether you seek to improve your oral health, function or aesthetic appearance, orthodontic treatment can help you achieve a healthier, more attractive smile.

Does my child need early orthodontics?

Early orthodontic treatment, also referred to as interceptive orthodontics, can be beneficial for some children. Early treatment can guide proper jaw growth, create space for crowded teeth, reduce the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth and address speech issues. Our dentist can assess your child’s needs and determine if early treatment is necessary as part of their initial screening.

When should my child receive their first orthodontic screening?

The American Association of Orthodontists® recommends that children have their initial orthodontic screening by age 7. By this age, several permanent teeth have erupted, making it easier to identify and address any developing issues.

Am I too old for orthodontic treatment?

No! Orthodontic treatment is not just for children and teenagers. Many adults seek treatment to improve their smiles and oral health. As long as your teeth and supporting structures are healthy, you can benefit from orthodontic treatment at any age.

What are my options for braces?

There are several types of braces available today, including metal braces, ceramic braces and clear aligners. During your consultation, our dentist will help you determine which type of braces is best for your needs. To learn more about the braces we offer or to schedule a consultation, call our office.

How do I keep my teeth clean with braces?

Maintaining good oral hygiene is crucial while wearing braces. Poor oral hygiene while wearing braces can lead to tooth decay, damage and other problems, all of which can prolong your orthodontic treatment. Here are some tips to keep your smile healthy:

  • Brush your teeth three times a day, especially after meals.
  • Clean around your brackets and wires thoroughly.
  • Floss daily, even if you need a floss threader.
  • Rinse your mouth each time you clean your teeth.
  • Avoid foods that can damage your braces.

Can I discreetly straighten my teeth?

Yes! Clear ceramic braces and clear aligners offer discreet options for straightening your teeth. These options are great for those who want to improve their smiles without the noticeable appearance of traditional braces. Contact us today to see if discreet straightening techniques are right for you.

What should I do if I have an orthodontic emergency?

If you experience an orthodontic emergency, such as a broken or lost appliance, contact our office as soon as possible. We can provide instructions on what to do until you can visit us. Common emergencies include:

  • Loose brackets
  • Loose bands
  • Poking wires
  • Wire irritations
  • Lost separators
  • Pain from braces or other appliances

What is headgear?

Orthodontic headgear is used to guide the growth of the face and jaws into proper positions. It also helps position teeth and prevent unwanted movement. Headgear may be recommended if braces alone cannot achieve the desired results. An orthodontist will determine which type of headgear is best suited to your needs.

How long will I need orthodontic treatment?

Treatment times vary depending on the individual. With modern technology, orthodontic treatment is faster, more comfortable and more effective than ever before. During your consultation, an orthodontist will create a personalized treatment plan to meet your specific needs.

Can an orthodontist help with jaw problems?

Yes, we treat various orthodontic problems to help you achieve a straighter, healthier and more functional smile. Common issues include overbites, underbites, open bites, crossbites and upper front teeth protrusion. Dentofacial orthopedics, a type of orthodontic treatment, focuses on normalizing bone growth and correcting facial and jaw imbalances.