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Below you'll find some of the most common questions we receive at Matthews Orthodontics. If you don't see your question listed here, feel free to contact your nearest office location for more information. We have three locations to serve you: Greensburg, North Huntingdon, and Ligonier, PA.
Orthodontics
What is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that specializes in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities.

At what age should a parent consult an orthodontist for their child? 
Early treatment is always recommended. It’s best for the orthodontist to see children by the age of 7 years. Usually your family dentist will refer you for an orthodontic consult, but a referral is not necessary in order to make an appointment. There are those that don't seek orthodontics until adult age and orthodontics is available for all ages. 1 out of every 5 orthodontic patients is over 21 years of age.

How does orthodontic treatment work?
Orthodontists move the teeth gradually into the correct position by carefully applying constant, gentle, and controlled force to the teeth. This is done by using orthodontic appliances made of metal, ceramic and plastic.

How long does orthodontic treatment usually last?
The average duration of treatment ranges from 1-3 years. The actual amount of treatment needed is dependent upon the growth rate of the patient's mouth, face and the severity of the problem.
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