Book Online

Thinking about starting orthodontic treatment for yourself or your child at Shirck Orthodontics but not sure where to start? Read through our commonly asked questions to find the answers you are looking for. If you have any additional questions or would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jeff, Dr. Soo and Dr. Betina, our orthodontists in Pataskala, New Albany, Westerville, Newark and Powell, Ohio, give us a call.

What is orthodontics
What is orthodontics?
Orthodontics is the dental specialty focused on the alignment of your teeth and jaws. Orthodontists receive two to three years of additional training that allows them to diagnose, prevent and treat facial irregularities.


When should my child receive their first orthodontic screening
When should my child receive their first orthodontic screening?
Our orthodontists, along with the American Association of Orthodontists®, and team recommend an orthodontic screening for every child by age 7. Most children at this age have some permanent teeth, and it is generally easy to see any developing problems.


Am I too old for orthodontic treatment
Am I too old for orthodontic treatment?
No, anyone can straighten their smile! Though most patients are teens, adults actually make up about a quarter of all orthodontic cases! Everyone deserves to have a healthy, beautiful smile, and our orthodontists can talk with you about orthodontic treatment for yours.


What are my options for braces
What are my options for braces?
Traditional braces are powerful and reliable, though many of our patients prefer not to have a mouthful of metal during their treatment time. Two of the most popular (and most discreet!) alternatives to metal braces are clear braces, which use ceramic brackets to blend in with your teeth, and clear aligners, which use custom-made trays to invisibly straighten your smile.


How do I keep my teeth clean with braces
How do I keep my teeth clean with braces?
Caring for your teeth with braces takes a little extra effort. We recommend that you:

  • Brush your teeth at least three times a day, including after meals
  • Floss once a day (floss threaders will help reach between brackets)
  • Rinse out your mouth thoroughly after brushing or flossing

Our orthodontists and team will talk with you more about caring for your braces, and if you have any questions, we are more than happy to answer them!


Can I discreetly straighten my teeth
Can I discreetly straighten my teeth?
In the past, metal braces were the only option for straightening your smile. Nowadays, however, there are other, discreet options for orthodontic treatment. With clear aligners or even clear brackets, you can get the smile you want without the whole world noticing.


What do I do if I have an orthodontic emergency?

What do I do if I have an orthodontic emergency
First, call us! Even if you have an appointment soon, we will want to get your appliance repaired or replaced as soon as possible so that you can stay on schedule with your treatment. Our orthodontists and team will also be able to help you with anything that you can do until you can come into our office.

Some common orthodontic emergencies include:

  • Broken brackets
  • Lost aligners
  • Loose bands
  • Wire irritations
  • Lost separators
  • Lasting or sharp pain

If you have a question about whether something is an orthodontic emergency or not, please do not hesitate to reach out to our office.

How long will I need orthodontic treatment?

How long will I need orthodontic treatment
Your treatment time will depend largely on your individual needs. Thanks to advances in technology, orthodontic treatment is more comfortable and quicker than it ever has been. Our orthodontists will talk with you during your consultation about how long you can expect your treatment to be.

Can an orthodontist help me with jaw problems?

Can an orthodontist help me with jaw problems
Proper alignment of the jaw and bite is one of the big benefits of orthodontic treatment. We can treat various problems, such as:

  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite
  • Open bite
  • Protruding upper teeth
  • Misaligned midlines
  • Over time, we can guide the jaw into a healthier position and repair imbalances of the face and bite.

    I’m terrified to visit the orthodontist — what can I do?

    Talk with us. If you want a straighter, healthier smile but are nervous about any sort of dental office, we can help. Our team will work with you and use different strategies to address fear and anxiety. These include calming techniques and medications to numb treated areas. We will do our best to tailor your appointment to your needs and help you feel comfortable. We are here to help you get the smile of your dreams!