We are proud to use hi-tech brackets and the latest technology in orthodontics in our practice. If you are looking for braces for your children and teens, we have the expertise to help you navigate the smile journey with your child. The state-of-the-art technology we use moves teeth faster, is more comfortable, and reduces treatment time. In fact, the latest brackets combined with Dr. Barton’s expertise have resulted in reduced treatment time and dramatically decreased need for permanent tooth extraction.

How long will treatment take?

The length of time required for braces to effectively correct dental alignment varies significantly depending on the individual and the complexity of their case. On average, most people wear braces for about 1 to 2 years. However, minor adjustments might be completed in less than a year.

After the braces are removed, most patients will need to wear a retainer to help maintain the new position of their teeth. It’s important to follow your orthodontist’s instructions about wearing and caring for your retainer to ensure that your teeth don’t shift back to their original positions.

Remember that these time frames are just averages. Your orthodontist will be able to give you a more accurate timeline based on your specific needs and the type of braces you’re getting. Regular check-ups and adjustments are also necessary for the braces to be as effective as possible.


Are braces painful?

Wearing braces is generally not painful, but it can cause discomfort, especially after they’re first applied or adjusted. This discomfort is a result of the pressure exerted on the teeth to move them into their new positions. The braces are doing the job they’re meant to do, and this can lead to some sensitivity and soreness.

Here’s what to expect:

  1. After braces are first applied: Your teeth and mouth will likely feel sore or tender. This discomfort can last for about a week.

  2. After braces are tightened or adjusted: Each time your braces are adjusted, you may feel some discomfort for a few days.

  3. General irritation: The brackets may irritate the inside of your mouth, especially initially. Over time, your mouth will get used to them, but orthodontic wax can be used to reduce this irritation.

  4. Eating: Eating can be uncomfortable in the days following an adjustment. During this time, it can be helpful to stick to soft foods like yogurt, soup, and mashed potatoes.

Remember that over-the-counter pain relievers can help manage the discomfort, and using a warm compress on the side of your face may also provide relief.

It’s also important to note that orthodontic techniques and materials have improved significantly over the years, leading to less discomfort during treatment. If you’re experiencing prolonged, severe pain, it’s important to contact your orthodontist, as this is not a normal part of orthodontic treatment.

Less Extractions and Surgery

The technology available in our practice enables us to provide beautiful orthodontic results while removing very few permanent teeth. A broad, attractive smile often depends on retaining as many teeth as possible. Also, by utilizing orthopedic bite correction along with our orthodontic treatment, corrective jaw surgery can often be avoided.

Fewer Office Visits

Our advanced orthodontic system allows us to complete treatment with far fewer appointments, as much as 47% fewer than treatment with conventional braces. We always enjoy visiting but we realize your time is precious. The convenience of fewer adjustment visits spaced further apart will ease parent compliance.