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Orthodontics FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some answers to frequently asked questions we get at Burg Orthodontics. If there’s a question you have that’s not answered here, feel free to contact us!

The cost varies per treatment, but we will work directly with you to make the treatment affordable. We offer customized and flexible payment programs to make payment easier for you. To get an idea of how much your treatment will cost, schedule a free consultation with us!

Once appliances are in place, routine office visits are at six-to-eight week intervals. Periodically, we may need to see you sooner or less often, depending on the treatment and where you are in the treatment.

An attractive smile and improved self-image are just some of the benefits of orthodontic treatment. Orthodontic treatment can prevent tooth decay, gum disease, bone destruction, chewing and digestive difficulties, speech impairments, tooth loss and other dental injuries.

We recommend coming in for a free consultation for orthodontic treatment at the age of eight. Many orthodontic problems are easier to correct if detected at an early age before jaw growth has slowed. While this doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll need to get treatment right away, by coming in early, we are able to diagnose and prevent potential jaw and teeth issues that could be fixed by braces or other orthodontic appliances.

Regardless of your age, there are a number of signs that an orthodontic treatment may help straighten your smile and help prevent gum disease and tooth decay. You may need orthodontic treatment if you have a malocclusion, crowded teeth, difficulty chewing, uneven wearing of teeth, jaw that shifts to one side or the other when biting together, or spaces between teeth.

Most patients experience some discomfort the first week after their braces are put on and immediately after their braces are tightened. Aspirin, non-aspirin pain reliever, or ibuprofen can be used to ease the discomfort.

Braces use steady gentle pressure to gradually move teeth into their proper positions. The brackets that are placed on your teeth and the archwire that connects them are the main components. When the initial archwire is placed into the brackets, it tries to return to its original shape. As it does so, it applies pressure to move your teeth to their new, more ideal positions.

Invisalign uses a series of retainers custom-built for your teeth that gently guide your teeth to a more favorable position. You’ll be given a new retainer every few weeks to keep moving and straightening your teeth. Unlike braces, Invisalign is nearly invisible, and because you can remove the retainers to eat, you don’t have to worry about sticky, hard, or chewy foods getting stuck in your retainer.

Treatment times vary on a case-by-case basis, but the average time is from one to two years. Actual treatment time can be affected by growth and severity of the correction necessary. Treatment length is also dependent upon patient compliance. Maintaining good oral hygiene and keeping regular appointments are important in keeping treatment time on schedule.

YES! It is very important to get your teeth cleaned during orthodontic treatment because food and plaque are easily trapped around the braces. If that food and plaque isn’t removed regularly, you are in danger of having permanent stains on your teeth. Patients with orthodontic appliances must be extra vigilant about receiving regular dental care. Food stuck in braces or in hard to reach areas can cause gum disease, gingivitis or cavities that can also damage your braces.

There are a number of signs that you or your family member may have a slight bite problem. Some of them include early or late loss of primary teeth, difficulty chewing, breathing through the mouth, thumb-sucking habits past age five, protruding teeth, overlapped teeth, jaws that shift or make sounds, or difficulty speaking.

Most foods can be enjoyed just as before your child’s braces. Hard, crunchy and sticky foods can damage braces and should be avoided. If you want to avoid eating restrictions, ask us about our invisalign treatment option!

Permanent teeth are a lot larger than baby teeth, so baby teeth sometimes need to be pulled to create room for permanent teeth to grow in at a normal time and in a normal location. If the teeth are severely crowded, some permanent teeth will either remain impacted (teeth that should have come in, but have not), or come in to an undesirable position. To allow severely crowded teeth to move on their own into much more desirable positions, sequential removal of baby teeth and permanent teeth (usually first premolars) can dramatically improve a severe crowding problem.

In about three out of four cases where teeth have not been removed during orthodontic treatment, there are good reasons to have the wisdom teeth removed, usually when a person reaches their middle or later teens. Your orthodontist, in consultation with your dentist, can determine if they should or shouldn’t be removed.

Yes. To prevent damage to your braces and your mouth, it is recommended that patients wear a mouthguard when participating in any sporting activity. Mouthguards are usually inexpensive and comfortable.

No. However, there may be an initial period of adjustment.

After braces are removed, teeth can shift out of position if they are not stabilized. Retainers provide that stabilization and are designed to hold teeth in their corrected, ideal positions until the bones and gums adapt to the treatment changes. Wearing retainers exactly as instructed is the best insurance that the treatment improvements last for a lifetime.

Yes, the teeth will move in different directions as the teeth are straightening out. You may see a space between two teeth that was never there before or teeth that seemed perfectly straight before the braces were placed may not seem as straight. It will straighten properly over time.

If your braces are causing extreme pain or if something breaks, give us a call. In most cases, we can address these issues over the telephone. If you require an emergency appointment, we will set aside time for you.

We accept most insurance policies and medicaid. If you don’t have insurance, we will work directly with you to create a payment plan that works for you. We strive to make our treatment options affordable.


Hunter Park (West Valley)

2792 5600 West
West Valley City, UT



Park City

1795 Sidewinder Drive
Ste 100
Park City UT 84060




158 East Winchester Street
Murray, UT 84107

(801) 747-7895



3377 Orchard Drive
North Salt Lake, Utah 84010



Stansbury Park Office

220 Millpond Dr. Ste 107
Stansbury Park, Utah 84074


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