Contact Jeff Dworkin, D.D.S.,
for superior orthodontic care in
University Heights OH.







Heights Smiles
14100 Cedar Road Suites 230
University Heights, OH 44121
Phone: 216.382.0061



How long will my orthodontic treatment take? Will I need to have a tooth pulled? What are the different types of braces?What are lingual braces?Are there less noticeable braces? What is a retainer?What is headgear? What is full or comprehensive orthodontic treatment? What are Phase I (Interceptive Treatment) and Phase II treatment? Does everyone need a Phase I treatment?

Q: How long will my orthodontic treatment take?

A: Although average treatment time is about 24 months, your treatment may last anywhere between 6 months to 30 months, or longer, depending on your age, your orthodontic needs, and how closely you follow Dr. Dworkin’s instructions. While orthodontic treatment requires a time commitment, most patients feel that the benefits are worth the time they put into it.
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Q: Will I need to have a tooth pulled?

A: While most patients undergo non-extraction therapy, in which teeth are moved into place, some patients need to have teeth removed, or “extracted,” to make room for other teeth. Dr. Dworkin makes every effort to avoid pulling teeth, but this may be necessary in some cases.
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Q: What are the different types of braces?

A: Traditional metal braces, made from stainless steel, move your teeth into position through a system of brackets attached to your teeth and special wires that connect the brackets. Your teeth will be moved into their desired position over a span of six to 30 months.

Ceramic braces are built like traditional braces, but they are made of a clear material that is far less noticeable than traditional metal braces.

Invisalign®, also known as “invisible braces,” is a popular alternative to traditional braces. Invisalign® uses a series of invisible, removable, comfortable trays to straighten your teeth. More comfortable than traditional braces, Invisalign aligners can be removed to eat, drink, brush, and floss.

Lingual braces are braces that attach to the back side of the teeth so that they cannot be seen by others.

Speed braces, also called self-ligating braces or Damon Braces, result in a shorter treatment time than traditional braces. While you will need to be seen by Dr. Dworkin every six to eight weeks when using traditional braces, speed braces require visits only every 10 to 12 weeks.
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Q: What are lingual braces?

A: Lingual braces are braces that attach to the back side of the teeth so that they cannot be seen by others.
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Q: Are there less noticeable braces?

A:Yes! Invisalign®, also known as “invisible braces,” is a popular alternative to traditional braces. Invisalign® uses a series of invisible, removable, comfortable trays to straighten your teeth. Dr. Dworkin will tell you whether you are a candidate for Invisalign®.

A second option is lingual braces, which are braces that attach to the back side of the teeth so that they cannot be seen by others.

Also, ceramic braces are built like traditional braces, but are made of a clear material that is far less noticeable than traditional metal braces.
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Q: What is a retainer?

A: Retainers preserve your teeth in their new position after your braces are taken off. Some patients will need to wear their retainer during both the day and night after their braces are removed. All patients will need to wear their retainer every night while their gums and bones get used to the new position of their teeth.
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Q: What is headgear?

A: Headgear is a type of orthodontic appliance that is usually worn at night. It is used to help fix overbites or crowded teeth. Although headgear is used mostly in children, it is also occasionally used for adults.
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Q: What is full or comprehensive orthodontic treatment?

A: Comprehensive orthodontic treatment treats problems involving how the teeth align, how the jaw works, and how the bottom and top teeth fit together. The goal of comprehensive orthodontic treatment is to fix your bite. Treatment can start at almost any age and may progress in several different phases, depending on the type of bite problem and the goal of treatment. Comprehensive orthodontic treatment may include gum care, oral surgery, and treatments such as crowns, bridges, fillings, or implants.
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Q: What are Phase I (Interceptive Treatment) and Phase II treatment?

A: Phase I treatment, also called Interceptive Treatment, usually starts when children have most of their baby teeth and a few of their adult front teeth (generally around age seven). This kind of treatment aims to treat a problem early to prevent more difficult treatments later on in life. Types of problems that can be treated with Phase I treatment include problems with the facial bones, crossbites, and teeth crowding.

Most Phase I patients will need a second phase of treatment, called Phase II treatment. This second phase usually occurs after the child has gotten most of his or her adult teeth, around age 12 or 13. The goal of Phase II treatment is to achieve an ideal bite with all of the adult teeth.
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Q: Does every child with orthodontic problems need Phase I treatment?

A:No. Only certain types of bite problems require Phase I treatment. Other types of problems can wait to be treated until the child has his or her adult teeth. However, it is important that every child be evaluated by an orthodontist by age seven.
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Please call us at 216.382.0061 or send an email to info@heightssmiles.com to schedule your free initial consultation. 

Dr. Dworkin and staff look forward to hearing from you!