Braces are a common way to straighten teeth and improve oral health and function. Dr. Jeff has placed braces on patients of all ages and helped them transform their smile. Traditional metal braces work by placing brackets and wires on the teeth to gently shift them to their new positions. Braces can be placed on patients of all ages—listen to a few of our patients share their reasons for getting braces and the results they’ve achieved at Village Orthodontics.
Today, orthodontic treatment goes beyond traditional braces made of metal. Dr. Jeff at Village Orthodontics will work with you to design a treatment plan with your comfort and aesthetic preferences in mind. For a virtually invisible option, Village Orthodontics offers Invisalign® and Invisalign Teen®. For kids, we always try to make braces fun. We offer elastics in bright and fun colors so kids can bring their own personality to their braces.
When you become a patient at Village Orthodontics, Dr. Jeff and his staff will make every effort to ensure you always feel welcome and at-ease at our practice. If your child needs braces, or if you are ready to begin a smile journey of your own, please contact our practice for a complimentary consultation with Dr. Jeff.
We welcome patients of all ages to our practice! Dr. Jeff offers a wide range of orthodontic treatments suitable for the whole family. Below is a brief overview of the types of braces offered by Village Orthodontics:
Have questions about braces? Learn more by checking out our Braces FAQ!
Village Orthodontics offers several treatment options to ensure your smile is healthy and looking its best. We enjoy treating patients of all ages and welcome everyone to our practice. We take the time to get to know our patients and their families throughout their care. We prioritize your health, comfort, and safety at Village Orthodontics and will always go the extra mile for you. Please contact Village Orthodontics to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jeff.
At Village Orthodontics, we want you to make the most of your treatment time with braces. While there are some restrictions to keep in mind, you will find that your life with braces doesn’t have to be that different from your life without them. We have created this page to maximize your comfort and oral health while keeping your treatment time to a minimum.
Dr. Jeff and his entire team at Village Orthodontics will make sure that your questions are answered throughout your treatment. Whether it is during an appointment or between appointments, please do not hesitate to ask.
While you can eat many things with braces, there are certain foods to avoid. Foods you must bite into or foods that are crunchy, sticky, and chewy can cause damage to your braces—and sometimes your teeth. The following list is a general list—but not a complete list—of the kinds of foods to avoid while wearing braces:
Limit or avoid sugary drinks—these drinks can cause decay and/or white spots.
When it doubt, throw it out! It is best to avoid any foods that you think will stick to or damage your braces.
It is normal to feel some tightness, soreness, or general discomfort soon after getting braces, having wires tightened, or switching aligners. The good news is that this discomfort is temporary, and there are ways of relieving this discomfort as you get used to your new braces:
If you experience loose or poking wires, or a band has broken, please call our office so we can schedule an appointment to fix it as soon as possible. If you are experiencing a loose or poking wire and are unable to see us right away, you can use a pencil eraser or the back of a spoon to gently move the wire back into position. Pain or irritation with a loose or poking wire is common with orthodontic treatment. When this happens, you can place some wax over the affected area for temporary relief. If any part of your appliance has broken or fallen off, please bring it with you to your appointment.
We will show you everything you need to know about taking care of your new appliances throughout your treatment. To optimize your treatment, make sure to wear your rubber bands, retainers, and other appliances consistently, brush and floss, and avoid foods that can damage your appliances.
Protect your mouth and braces by wearing a mouthguard while playing sports. Even so, we know that accidents can happen. If you happen to have a sports accident, it is important to check your mouth and your braces. If there is any damage, please give us a call—we will do everything we can to see you promptly. If you are unable to see us right away, you can apply wax to the damaged part of the appliance for temporary relief. If you have sustained a more serious injury, please go to the nearest emergency room for immediate treatment.
We want you to have an outstanding experience throughout your treatment. Taking care of your appliances and your oral health will ensure the most efficient treatment possible. If you have any questions throughout your treatment, please do not hesitate to ask. We are here for you.
For more information about braces, visit our Braces FAQ.
Village Orthodontics strives to make orthodontic treatment affordable for every patient. Dr. Jeff designs custom treatment plans with oral health, comfort, and aesthetics in mind. When you come to Village Orthodontics for your complimentary consultation, Dr. Jeff and his Treatment Coordinator will complete an oral examination and review your X-rays along with intra-oral photographs. Dr. Jeff will then present his recommendation for treatment and discuss the treatment plan in detail.
Orthodontic treatment cost varies from patient to patient; an estimated cost of services will be provided at the consultation appointment. Factors such as insurance coverage, length of treatment, and type of braces will all determine the final cost of your treatment. Dr. Jeff never wants finances to stand in the way of you getting the smile you have always wanted. Review our Financial & Insurance Policy to learn more.
Braces are an investment in your oral health, function, and aesthetics. At Village Orthodontics, we want you to feel prepared before making a decision as important as orthodontic treatment. We strive to be as transparent as possible—from answering your questions to providing an estimated cost of treatment at your consultation appointment.
We invite you to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Jeff. He will take the time to get to know you, understand your personal oral health goals, and review your options for treatment. We treat patients of all ages! Whether you are a kid or an adult, it is never too late to be on your way to a better smile. Some benefits of orthodontic treatment that you might experience include
Whether you are ready to begin orthodontic treatment or if you are still deciding if braces are right for you, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jeff. In the meantime, please check out some personal stories from patients just like you.
The standard recommendation by The American Association and Orthodontists is that children see an orthodontist at the age of 7. This way, an orthodontist can determine if braces are needed, if at all. While many children between the ages of 11 and 15 have braces, the right window of time for your orthodontic treatment may be different than your peers.
Of course! We love seeing kids enjoy their favorite hobbies with braces—this includes playing sports and musical instruments. However, to protect your mouth and your appliances, make sure to wear a mouthguard.
While you can eat many foods with braces, there are some foods that can damage your teeth and/or appliances. Foods to avoid include ice, chewing gum, hard candies, and nuts. Our No-No food list includes many examples, but it is important to remember that the list is not inclusive. If you are in doubt, it is best to avoid any foods that you think may stick to or damage your braces.
Your permanent teeth are bigger than your primary (baby) teeth, which means that space is limited for them to grow in. If your teeth are coming in crooked, they may get crowded—and even more crooked—as the rest of your permanent teeth come in. Thankfully, orthodontic treatment can address and correct these issues.
When you come to Village Orthodontics for your consultation appointment, Dr. Jeff will perform a complete oral evaluation and create a treatment plan to straighten your smile and improve your oral health. Keep in mind that your condition is unique to you—this includes treatment time. On average, most kids can expect their treatment to last close to 2 years. However, following all directions, wearing your appliances, and staying on top of your appointments may decrease your treatment time.
On average, expect to see us every 6 to 8 weeks so we can see how your treatment is progressing and make adjustments as needed.
Sometimes braces can cause discomfort right after getting them or after an adjustment in our office, but only for a day or so. You can relieve the discomfort by swishing some salted water or ask your parents for medication like Advil or Tylenol. Most of the time, braces are comfortable to wear—many patients forget they even have braces on!
Brushing and flossing is an important part of keeping your mouth healthy—especially with braces. The team at Village Orthodontics will show you how to brush and floss when your braces go on. It takes a little getting used to at first, but after a few times, it becomes easier to do. We recommend brushing at least 3 times a day, along with daily flossing.
Yes, you can! Right after you get your braces on, you can go to school and tell all of your friends about your experience.
Invisalign and Invisalign Teen works as a series of removable clear aligners and can be used in orthodontic treatment for children, teens, and adults. Just let us know you’re interested—we would love to tell you all about it!
Listen to other kids share their experiences with you! Check out our Patient Stories.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that a child visit an orthodontist at the age of 7. Even if your child does not need braces at this age, many patients can be monitored by Dr. Jeff for a year or two before actually starting treatment. That way, we can monitor their growth and development and formulate a plan for early intervention if needed. For Dr. Jeff, it is all about starting at the right time.
More information on early orthodontic treatment can be found here.
Dr. Jeff and the entire care team at Village Orthodontics wants every patient and their family to feel safe, comfortable, and informed throughout treatment. At your consultation appointment, we will go over treatment options, cost, and answer your questions. You can expect to learn a lot from your consultation appointment, including
Thought of a question after your consultation or between appointments? Just give us a call at any of our 3 practice locations. We are happy to help!
Early orthodontic treatment, also known as phase one treatment, usually starts around 7 to 10 years of age. Phase one treatment lasts around 12 to 21 months before moving on to a secondary phase of orthodontic treatment. Phase one treatment may be right for your child if orthodontic issues are detected at an early age that may cause severe orthodontic problems later in life. The purpose of phase one treatment is to prevent oral health complications by correcting these issues. Since every person and every treatment plan is different, Dr. Jeff will review your child’s specific needs for phase one and, if necessary, phase two. We promise we will keep you informed every step of the way!
You can learn more about Early Orthodontic Treatment here.
Braces and appliances do not have to keep your child from enjoying their favorite activities. However, if your child is participating in a contact sport, a mouthguard is encouraged.
Of course they can! Once their braces are on, they can return to school and resume their active schedule. If they are experiencing any discomfort—which should only last a day or two—they can swish with warm salt water or over-the-counter medication such as Advil or Tylenol can be provided.
Visit our Patient Stories page to hear real-life stories from patients just like you.
Village Orthodontics treats patients of all ages—including adults. Whether you are looking for traditional metal braces or had something more discreet in mind, we will work with you to find a treatment option you can feel good about. Many of our adult patients opt for Invisalign, a set of clear removable aligners that are worn for a few weeks at a time before moving on to the next set of aligners in the series. Village Orthodontics utilizes advanced technology equipment, such as our iTero scanner, to ensure that you receive the very best in orthodontic care.
Since your treatment plan is custom-made for you, the cost of treatment varies from patient to patient. The type of braces, length of time, and insurance coverage will all factor into the overall cost. We work with many insurance plans and accept several forms of payment to ensure our high-quality orthodontic care is as affordable as possible. Please review our Financial & Insurance Options to learn more.
Your orthodontic treatment plan will be created just for you to optimize your oral health, correct specific orthodontic issues, and prevent complications in the future. While every patient is different, the average length of treatment is around 2 years. We encourage you to call our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jeff to receive your customized treatment plan.
Every orthodontic treatment starts with a consultation appointment at one of our 3 offices. You can expect 3D imaging of your teeth to be completed at this appointment. These images will help Dr. Jeff create a treatment plan that is right for you.
Absolutely! Patients can return to work, school, and other activities right after getting their braces. Some discomfort is normal for the first day or two. Over-the-counter medications such as Advil or Tylenol can help manage this discomfort as you get used to your new braces.
We want to know how your orthodontic treatment is going and often need to make adjustments as you continue on with your treatment. Routine appointments tend to be scheduled every 6 to 8 weeks and last around half an hour. If your treatment requires more frequent visits, we will do our best to arrange a time that works with your schedule.
Regular dental checkups are an essential part of good oral hygiene—that doesn’t stop with braces. In fact, it is more important than ever for your dentist to see you to make sure your oral health is in top shape, as braces can make teeth more susceptible to decay.
When you first get your braces, we will make sure you understand how to brush and floss before leaving our practice. Keeping up with your oral hygiene is essential to your oral health and overall treatment. Make sure to brush, floss, and see your dentist regularly.
There are many foods you can still enjoy with braces, but keep in mind that some foods may damage your teeth and/or appliances. Avoid foods that are sticky, chewy, or crunchy like ice, chewing gum, hard candies, nuts. We will provide you with a list of foods to avoid—you can find an example of the No-No food list here.
Orthodontists are specialists in their field. They have received years of education and training beyond dental school to identify, diagnose, prevent, and treat dental and facial irregularities. An orthodontist specializes in aligning the teeth, which can be caused by dental crowding, malocclusion, or misaligned teeth.
It is important to see an orthodontist you and your family can trust. Dr. Jeff has practiced orthodontics for over 35 years and strives to make a personal connection with every patient. His care team is dedicated to making you feel safe, comfortable, and welcome at each of Village Orthodontics’ three practices.
We invite you to hear from patients about their braces experience at Village Orthodontics—just go to our Patient Stories page to watch the videos.