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Orthodontics is a specialized field of dentistry that focuses on diagnosing, preventing, and treating dental and facial irregularities. It involves the use of various techniques, such as braces and aligners, to correct misaligned teeth and jaw structures, ultimately enhancing both the appearance and functionality of the smile. Orthodontic treatment aims to achieve proper teeth alignment, bite coordination, and overall oral health.

Children should have their first orthodontic screening around the age of 7. This allows orthodontists to identify any potential issues early, monitor jaw and tooth development, and recommend timely interventions if necessary. Early screenings help ensure optimal treatment outcomes and can prevent more serious problems in the future.

You’re never too old for orthodontic treatment. Orthodontic care can benefit patients of all ages. With advancements like clear aligners and discreet braces, adults can achieve improved oral health and a confident smile. Age is not a limiting factor; it’s about achieving the smile you’ve always wanted, regardless of when you start your orthodontic journey.

The duration of orthodontic treatment varies based on individual needs. On average, treatment can last anywhere from 18 months to 3 years. Factors such as the complexity of the case, your age, the type of orthodontic appliances used, and your compliance with instructions all contribute to the overall timeline. During your initial consultation, your orthodontist will provide a personalized treatment plan and an estimated duration based on your specific situation. Regular check-ups and adherence to treatment recommendations will help ensure the most efficient and successful outcome.

If you experience an orthodontic emergency, it’s important to remain calm. Common issues include a loose or broken bracket, poking wire, or discomfort. If a bracket is loose or a wire is causing irritation, you can use orthodontic wax to temporarily alleviate discomfort. If a piece of the braces has broken off, keep it and contact your orthodontist for guidance. If you’re in significant pain or facing a more serious issue, get in touch with your orthodontist’s office as soon as possible. They will provide guidance over the phone and schedule an appointment if necessary.

Braces are orthodontic appliances used to straighten and align teeth, helping to correct various dental issues such as crowded teeth, gaps, and misaligned bites. They consist of brackets, which are bonded to the teeth, and archwires that apply gentle pressure to guide the teeth into their desired positions over time. As the braces treatment progresses, regular adjustments are made to the archwires to continue the teeth’s movement until they reach their optimal alignment. With their ability to address a wide range of dental concerns, braces are a proven and effective method for achieving a confident and beautiful smile.

Keeping your teeth clean with braces requires extra care. Brush your teeth after every meal using a soft-bristle toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Pay special attention to cleaning around the brackets and wires, using interdental brushes or floss threaders to reach tight spaces. Consider using an antimicrobial mouthwash to help with oral hygiene. Limit sugary foods and drinks that can lead to plaque buildup. Regular dental check-ups are crucial to ensure your oral health is on track throughout your orthodontic treatment.

Our available types of braces include traditional metal braces, which are durable and cost-effective, as well as clear ceramic braces that blend in with the natural color of teeth for a more discreet appearance. For those seeking the utmost invisibility, we provide lingual braces, which are placed on the backside of the teeth. Additionally, our practice offers advanced self-ligating braces, featuring a sliding mechanism that reduces friction and allows for more efficient tooth movement. We also provide clear aligner systems like Invisalign, which offer a removable and virtually invisible way to straighten teeth. With our diverse range of braces options, we strive to ensure every patient finds the ideal solution for achieving their dream smile.

Absolutely! Braces are suitable for both children and adults seeking to improve their smiles and correct dental misalignments. While many people associate braces with teenagers, orthodontic treatment can be effective at any age. For children, early orthodontic intervention can guide the growth of their jaws and create space for permanent teeth, preventing more significant issues in the future. Adults can also benefit from braces to address long-standing dental concerns and achieve a straighter, more confident smile. Our experienced team of orthodontists is skilled in providing personalized treatment plans for patients of all ages, ensuring that each individual receives the most appropriate and effective orthodontic care.

The duration of orthodontic treatment with braces can vary depending on individual factors such as the complexity of the case, the age of the patient, and the treatment goals. In general, most braces treatments last between 18 to 24 months. However, some cases may require a shorter or longer treatment time. Our skilled orthodontists will assess your unique needs during the initial consultation and provide a personalized treatment plan, outlining the estimated duration of your braces journey. Regular visits and adherence to the treatment plan will contribute to achieving the desired results within the projected timeframe.

It’s common for patients to experience some discomfort or soreness after getting braces or during adjustments. This discomfort is usually mild and temporary, as the teeth adjust to the new pressure applied by the braces. Over-the-counter pain relievers and orthodontic wax can help alleviate any irritation from braces. As the teeth gradually move into their desired positions, any initial discomfort will subside, and patients will become more accustomed to wearing braces. Our dedicated team is committed to ensuring a comfortable and positive orthodontic experience, and we are always available to address any concerns or provide guidance throughout your braces journey.

During your braces treatment, regular visits to the orthodontist for adjustments are essential to ensure the progress of your teeth straightening journey. Typically, patients need to visit the orthodontist every 4 to 8 weeks for adjustments, although the exact frequency may vary based on individual treatment plans. These adjustments involve tightening or changing the archwires and may cause slight discomfort for a short period, but they are crucial to keep the teeth moving in the right direction. Our caring and experienced orthodontic team will schedule your appointments at convenient intervals, ensuring your treatment progresses smoothly and efficiently for a beautifully aligned smile.

Absolutely! With options like Invisalign clear aligners and tooth-colored braces, you can discreetly straighten your teeth. Invisalign uses nearly invisible aligners to gradually shift teeth into place, while tooth-colored braces blend in with your natural teeth. These options allow you to achieve your desired smile without drawing unnecessary attention to your orthodontic treatment. Schedule a consultation to explore the discreet teeth-straightening options available to you.

While wearing braces, it’s essential to be mindful of your food choices to protect both your braces and your teeth. Sticky or hard foods can damage braces, leading to delays in treatment and potential discomfort. Avoid items like chewy candies, popcorn, nuts, and hard fruits. However, you can still enjoy many of your favorite foods by cutting them into smaller, bite-sized pieces or choosing softer alternatives. Remember, maintaining a well-balanced diet and proper oral hygiene will contribute to the success of your braces treatment, allowing you to savor your favorite meals while achieving a stunning smile. Our team will provide you with comprehensive dietary guidelines and tips to help you navigate your braces journey successfully.

Proper oral hygiene is crucial during braces treatment to maintain healthy teeth and ensure successful results. Regularly brushing and flossing are essential, but with braces, it’s essential to pay extra attention to cleaning around the brackets and wires. We recommend using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste to brush after each meal and before bedtime. Flossing with special tools like floss threaders or interdental brushes will help clean between the braces and remove food particles. Additionally, using an antiseptic mouthwash can further promote oral health. Our orthodontic team will provide detailed instructions and demonstrations on how to keep your braces and teeth clean, setting you up for a rewarding braces experience and a beautifully healthy smile.

While braces are a safe and widely used orthodontic treatment, there are some potential risks and complications to be aware of. These can include mild soreness or discomfort after adjustments, irritation or sores on the cheeks or lips from contact with the braces, and possible tooth decay or gum issues if proper oral hygiene is not maintained. In rare cases, patients may experience allergic reactions to certain components of the braces. However, our experienced orthodontic team takes every precaution to minimize risks and closely monitors patients throughout their treatment. Regular check-ups and open communication with our team will ensure any concerns are promptly addressed, ensuring a smooth and successful braces journey with excellent results and a healthy smile.

Yes, wearing retainers after braces treatment is a crucial step to maintain the results of your orthodontic journey. Retainers help stabilize your teeth in their new positions and prevent them from shifting back. Depending on your individual case, you may need to wear full-time retainers initially and then transition to wearing them only at night. Consistent retainer use is essential to ensure your smile remains beautifully aligned for a lifetime. Our orthodontic team will provide detailed guidance on how to care for and wear your retainers properly, helping you achieve a stable and lasting outcome for your newly straightened smile.

Yes, wearing retainers after braces treatment is a crucial step to maintain the results of your orthodontic journey. Retainers help stabilize your teeth in their new positions and prevent them from shifting back. Depending on your individual case, you may need to wear full-time retainers initially and then transition to wearing them only at night. Consistent retainer use is essential to ensure your smile remains beautifully aligned for a lifetime. Our orthodontic team will provide detailed guidance on how to care for and wear your retainers properly, helping you achieve a stable and lasting outcome for your newly straightened smile.

Yes, orthodontists can assist with jaw problems. Orthodontists are specialized in diagnosing and treating various jaw issues, including misalignments, malocclusions, and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. Through orthodontic treatments like braces or aligners, they can help correct jaw and bite irregularities, leading to improved oral health, function, and overall comfort. If you’re experiencing jaw-related discomfort or noticing issues with your bite, consulting with an orthodontist can provide insight into potential solutions tailored to your needs.

Feeling anxious about visiting the orthodontist is completely normal, and there are steps you can take to ease your fears:

  1. Communicate Your Concerns: Let us know about your anxiety. We are experienced in dealing with nervous patients and can provide reassurance.

  2. Schedule a Consultation: Book an initial consultation just to meet us, see the environment, and discuss your concerns without any procedures.

  3. Ask Questions: Knowledge can alleviate anxiety. Ask about the procedures, what to expect, and any potential discomfort.

  4. Bring a Friend: Bring a friend or family member for support.

  5. Relaxation Techniques: Practice deep breathing or other relaxation techniques before and during the appointment.

  6. Distraction: Bring headphones and listen to calming music or an audiobook.

  7. Choose the Right Orthodontist: We specialize in treating anxious patients and have a friendly, understanding demeanor.

  8. Consider Sedation: In severe cases, sedation dentistry might be an option. Discuss this us.

Remember, your comfort is important, and our goal is to make your experience as positive as possible.

Pricing and Policies

The cost of braces can vary depending on the type of braces chosen, the complexity of the case, and the length of treatment required. During your initial consultation, our team will provide a detailed treatment plan outlining the estimated cost of your braces journey. We believe that everyone should have access to high-quality orthodontic care, which is why we offer flexible financing options to fit your budget. Our friendly staff can discuss various payment plans and insurance options to help make orthodontic treatment affordable and accessible for all patients. We are committed to providing transparent pricing and ensuring that you receive the best possible care without financial stress. Call us today to discuss the right plan for you and your family. Interest-free, in-office financing is also available. Call 801-272-9900

Smile Ranch Orthodontics

Smile Support Staff

With their extensive knowledge and friendly demeanor, our dedicated Orthodontic team ensures that every patient receives personalized attention and support throughout their orthodontic journey, making the path to a perfect smile as comfortable and smooth as possible. You can trust our exceptional orthodontic team to be your smile’s greatest advocates and partners in achieving the results you desire.

Smile Ranch Google Reviews

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Stacy Olson

Three out of four kids have had braces through Smile Ranch in Lehi. They have been awesome to work with and have worked around our schedule. Thank you!!

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Michelle Williams

We have been using Dr Jensen for a year. It has been a great experience. He is very knowledgeable and takes time to explain to his clients. Great staff and program.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Amelia Miyasaki

We love Smile Ranch! Dr. J is fantastic, and the office staff is outstanding! The office is super efficient (three patients in and we’ve never had an unreasonable wait) but we never feel like a number, everyone is so helpful and friendly.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Whitney Rasmussen

Dr. J did my braces a few years ago and I was so amazed with his work. I absolutely love my smile and have received so many compliments on my teeth. I send everyone I know to the smile ranch, including my own kids who have just started braces!! 😁 woo hoo! They also have the best staff and make it so fun. Fresh cookies and rewards for the kids to earn smile bucks that turn into gift cards👍 We love smile ranch!!

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Aubrie Haymore

We love Dr. J and all the staff! They are soooo kind and my sons bite has improved and we are so grateful! We love them and I’ll bring all my kids here!

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Rachel Gardner

I love Smile Ranch! I took my oldest daughter here over a year ago. Her teeth look great. Im now back with my 10 year old daughter and myself. Dr J is extremely good at what he does and his staff are amazing. The most welcoming, loving and positive energy. My daughter has anxiety and Dr J and his staff have been so great to talk with her and explain what they are doing. They have eased her worries. They stay on schedule, but you never feel they are rushing you out their door. They truly care about you as a person and take pride in a job well done. I wouldn’t go anywhere else.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Emily Chidester

I am on my fourth child having orthodontic treatment from Smile Ranch and couldn’t be happier. Initially I went to three other orthodontics for consults and felt that Dr. Alan Jensen was the only orthodontist with the experienced needed to care for my one of my child’s treatment. We have had traditional braces, expanders, and Invisalign. The care we receive from the doctor and staff each time we visit is wonderful. I know that my children are getting the best smiles thanks to the care at Smile Ranch.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Amy Sackett
This is the best place ever! You are so loved everyone is invested on you. It’s the most personable kind environment. And homemade cookies every visit. What’s not to love about that.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Robyn Green

We love Smile Ranch! We’ve had nothing but positive experiences and everyone there is amazing and friendly. It feels like a second home, so comfortable and welcoming.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Betsy Broadwater

I love this office! Dr. Jensen and staff make it so easy! They’re so kind to my family and they do a great job. They’re super easy to schedule with. They have a fun office atmosphere and I love taking my boys in. They know what they are doing and they do it well. They give us (all of us!) cookies after every appointment, the office is nice and clean and we are going to miss coming in here now that boys are getting braces off! … and most importantly, my boys’ teeth look fabulous!

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Julie Johnson

Happy, clean atmosphere with friendly staff. We appreciate the care and attention they give. We have been very impressed with Dr. Jensen and the hygienists and their expertise. We have been very happy with the results so far!

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