Below are some of the most frequently asked questions patients have about orthodontics and oral health issues.  If you have any other questions don't hesitate to call us at
(408) 996-2909 (Cupertino Office) or (408) 264-1884 (San Jose Office) or email us at We would love to hear from you.

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Q: What is orthodontics?

Q: What is an orthodontist?

Q: What are some possible benefits of orthodontics?

Q: What are some signs that braces may be needed?

Q: At what age should orthodontic treatment begin?

Q: Do adult patients benefit from orthodontics?

Q: How does orthodontic treatment work?

Q: How long does orthodontic treatment take?

Q: What is Phase I and Phase II treatment?

Q: Do braces hurt?

Q: Will braces interfere with playing sports?

Q: Will braces interfere with playing musical instruments?

Q: Should I see my general dentist while I have braces?

Q: How can I tell if I have gingivitis or periodontitis (gum disease)?

Q: Why is it important to use dental floss?

Q: How often should I brush and floss?

Q: What can I do about stained or discolored teeth?

Q: What are porcelain veneers and how can they improve my smile?