Frequently Asked Questions


How much does orthodontic treatment cost?

The cost of orthodontic treatment varies depending on factors such as the case's complexity, the treatment duration, and the specific treatment option chosen. During your initial consultation, we will provide a detailed quotation and discuss flexible payment options and potential insurance coverage to help make orthodontic treatment affordable.

How long does orthodontic treatment typically take?

The duration of orthodontic treatment varies depending on the complexity of the case and the specific treatment plan. On average, treatment can range from 8 months to 24 months. Dr. Morrell will provide an estimated timeline based on your needs and treatment goals.

Is it possible to shorten the duration of my orthodontic treatment?

The duration of orthodontic treatment varies depending on the complexity of the case and the specific treatment plan. One of the best ways to ensure your treatment stays on time is to follow all of the guidelines provided. Make sure to eat the proper foods, keep your braces clean, wear any elastics or aligners as prescribed, keep all appointments, and always continue to see your dentist routinely. Also, if any braces break or you have trouble or even lose your aligners, make sure to contact us right away to avoid any delays in treatment. In some cases, advancements in orthodontic technology, such as the use of Damon Braces, may help expedite the treatment process. The Damon System, known for its innovative approach to orthodontic treatment, can often help streamline the orthodontic process and may contribute to shorter treatment times than traditional braces. With its self-ligating design and gentle forces, Damon Braces can efficiently move teeth into their desired positions.

Is orthodontic treatment painful?

When you first get your braces on, it is normal to feel a little discomfort. It just takes a couple of days for your lips, cheeks, and tongue to get used to the feeling of braces during this period. It is safe to do warm salt water rinse, and even use over-the-counter medicine for topical pain relief. We will also supply you with wax to help keep your braces comfortable.

Also, during the first two or three days, it is normal for your teeth to feel a little sore or loose.. This can make it difficult to eat and chew for the first two or three days. We recommend that you stay on a soft food diet, and use an over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.

How often will I need to visit the office during treatment?

Regular visits to the orthodontist are essential throughout the course of treatment. Typically, appointments are scheduled every 6-12 weeks, allowing Dr. Morrell to monitor progress, make adjustments, and ensure that your treatment is on track.

What is an overbite, and can orthodontic treatment correct it?

An overbite occurs when the upper front teeth vertically overlap significantly with the lower front teeth. Orthodontic treatment can help correct an overbite by properly aligning the teeth and jaws, achieving a more balanced bite and facial harmony.

What causes crowding of teeth?

Various factors, including genetics, small dental arch size, early loss of primary teeth, habits like thumb sucking, dental trauma, and retention of baby teeth, can cause crowding of teeth. These factors can contribute to insufficient space for teeth to align properly, resulting in crowding.

Is tooth extraction always necessary for orthodontic treatment?

Tooth extraction is not always required for orthodontic treatment. The need for tooth extraction depends on several factors, including the severity of crowding or spacing, the size of the dental arch, and the specific treatment plan. In some cases, creating space for proper tooth alignment may involve extracting one or more teeth.

However, advances in orthodontic techniques and technologies have often reduced the need for extractions. Dr. Morrell will carefully evaluate your case and recommend the most suitable treatment plan.

Can I still play sports or a musical instrument with braces?

Yes, you can continue participating in sports and playing musical instruments while wearing braces. However, wearing a mouthguard during sports activities is important to protect your teeth and braces. Playing musical instruments may require a period of adjustment, but most individuals adapt to playing with braces relatively quickly.

How often should I brush and floss my teeth with braces or aligners?

Taking care of your braces is simple and easy, and just takes a little effort. The most important thing you can do while in your braces, is keep them clean! Clean teeth equals healthy teeth, which means your smile is going to look great!

When it comes to brushing your braces, it is very similar to brushing your teeth without braces. We recommend brushing your teeth at least twice a day and dedicating a little extra time to ensure thorough cleaning. We like to say, listen to one of your favorite songs while you're brushing, and when the song is over, you should be just about done- about 2 minutes.

How to floss teeth while having orthodontic treatment?

Flossing is just as important with braces as without braces. Flossing allows you to get in between the teeth where the toothbrush can't. Another great tool to get in between your teeth is an interproximal brush. These little tools are great for removing unwanted food and plaque in between teeth.

One of our favorite additional items that helps keep your braces extra clean, is the use of a water irrigator. This really helps to remove all of the germs that were loosened during brushing and flossing. To top it all off, we always recommend the use of a fluoride rinse to help strengthen your enamel.

How long do I need to wear retainers after orthodontic treatment?

Wearing retainers is essential to maintaining the results achieved through orthodontic treatment. The length of retainer wear varies depending on the individual case, but typically, full-time retainer wear is required for a few months, followed by nighttime wear for a lifetime to ensure the long-term stability of your new smile.

Damon Braces

What are Damon Braces?

The Damon System utilizes a patented slide mechanism to allow the arch wires to directly connect with the braces, without the use of additional elastics. This means that there is practically no friction and no need for individual elastics around the braces that can only attract additional plaque. This result is bigger, broader, healthier smiles, in less time with less discomfort!

What are the advantages of Damon Braces?

Self-ligating braces utilize a unique design that has a built-in mechanism to secure the arch wire in place without the need for additional elastics. This unique system offers several advantages over traditional braces. With Damon's unique self-ligating design, patients can experience shorter appointment and treatment times, improved oral hygiene, and less discomfort.

Another advantage of the Damon system is appointment intervals. With traditional braces, the archwires are held in by elastic ties. These elastic ties get infiltrated with saliva, food, and bacteria, which leads to the need for more frequent visits. The design of the Damon bracket allows for complete, archwire control, which means you need fewer appointments to complete your treatment.

What are the appointment intervals for Damon Braces?

Appointment intervals can be anywhere between six and 12 weeks. The complexity and difficulty of each patient varies, which means treatment times may also vary. The average treatment time is 12 to 18 months.

Clear Aligners

Why choose clear aligners?

You may want straighter teeth and a nicer smile without the hassle of braces. This is where clear aligners may be the right choice for you. Clear aligners offer many advantages over traditional braces. Clear aligners are a nearly invisible thermal formed BPA-free plastic that can guide your teeth to the smile you've always wanted. Each aligner will apply gentle pressure to each individual tooth until your teeth are straight.

Are clear aligners suitable for my case?

Treatment with clear aligners can vary due to the complexity of an individual's needs. In some cases, aligner treatment can be even faster than traditional braces. Keep in mind, though, not all cases are suitable for clear liners. We will let you know if clear aligners are right for you.

How often should I wear my clear aligners?

Clear aligners put the control at your fingertips. It is important to make sure that you wear your clear liners as prescribed clear aligners are typically worn. It is recommended that clear aligners be worn 22 hours a day and changed between one and two weeks before moving onto the next set.

Children Orthodontics

Why does my child need orthodontics?

Good oral health plays a critical role in overall health. Proper teeth and bite alignment can ultimately mean that your child can speak, bite, and chew better. Not to mention, teeth that are straight, are easier to keep clean, which can mean fewer cavities. This in turn, can lead to better digestive health and a confidence boost that lasts a lifetime!

Common reasons why your child may need orthodontic treatment include: crowding, spacing, extra overbite, open bite, crossbite, jaw pain, tooth eruption disorders, problems chewing or speaking, habits

What does Morrell Orthodontics offer to make orthodontic treatment fun for children?

We offer in house rewards, prizes, and contests that encourage patients to practice good oral hygiene and to practice compliance with elastics. Our goal is to engage all our patients and to make it a positive experience on your road to your new smile.

Adult Orthodontics

Am I too old to start orthodontic treatment?

Adult orthodontics is more common than you think! One out of every four patients we see are adults! Adults can have the same problems untreated can lead to unhealthy permanent changes to your smile, such as tooth decay, gum disease, difficulty chewing, speech issues, and TMD(temporomandibular disorders).

The primary distinction between orthodontic treatment for adults and children lies in the fact that adults are no longer growing patients. This in turn can lead to longer treatment times and an inability to completely correct malocclusions.

What are the advantages of having orthodontic treatment as an adult?

Adult orthodontics has many benefits. Treatment can correct issues such as overcrowding, spacing,, flared or protruded teeth, malocclusion, TMD.

Emergency Care

What should I do if I feel discomfort or sore gums?

Most often, simple, orthodontic emergencies can be handled by simple solutions. With general soreness and irritation of the lips, cheeks, and tongue, warm salt water rinses can be used to make you temporarily feel better, while your body fixes the problem. Wax is also a great solution to many orthodontic emergencies. If you have a sore spot or a sore area, just apply wax over that area so that your body can get relief and heal itself. You may also use wax to keep an area comfortable until your next orthodontic visit. Feel free to call us anytime and discuss if your orthodontic emergency requires an office visit.

What should I do when a part of my braces popped out?

If any part of your braces becomes loose or appears broken, you can put some wax over the area temporarily to prevent trauma or irritation. If any orthodontic appliance becomes loose and can be removed, just remove it from your mouth and put it in a small plastic bag. Give us a call to schedule a care visit to fix the problem, and don’t forget to bring any broken pieces with you to your visit. Don't worry, we understand that these things can happen, and we are here to take care of it!

One of my wires is poking the inside of my cheek. How can I relieve the discomfort?

Occasionally, an archwire or some of the other wires we use to secure your braces can come undone or even break. This can lead to a wire that can poke and irritate you. If any part of the wire becomes broken or undone, and you can remove it, just do so. Sometimes a wire can just be pushed back into place with a simple item like a Q-tip, tweezer, or the eraser on the end of a pencil. If the problem still persists, use some wax to cover the area and just give us a call so we can get you scheduled for a care visit to fix the problem.

I got hit in the mouth while playing sports, and my braces feel loose. What should I do?

If you experienced any trauma with your braces during sports or any recreational activities, your lips and cheeks may get scratched up quite a bit. Make sure to check your braces to see if anything is broken. If so, remove any broken pieces and use wax to keep those areas comfortable. Please give us a call. Call and schedule a care visit to get things fixed up. In the meantime, you can use warm salt water rinses, and over the counter pain medicine to keep you comfortable.