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If you are thinking of getting orthodontic care for yourself or your child in Glenwood Springs, Rifle, Eagle, and Aspen, Colorado, we are sure you have questions. All Kids Dental Pediatrics and Orthodontics provides this comprehensive FAQ to help you know what to expect moving forward with your treatment. If you have more detailed questions, please call 970-928-9500 and schedule a one-on-one visit with Dr. Johnson and our associates.

What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a specialized branch of dentistry that focuses on correcting misaligned teeth and jaws to improve the appearance, function, and overall oral health of an individual.

Why is orthodontic treatment important?

Orthodontic treatment is important for several reasons. It can enhance your smile and facial appearance, improve the alignment of your teeth for better bite function, alleviate jaw pain and discomfort, and promote long-term oral health by reducing the risk of dental issues such as tooth decay and gum disease.

At what age should orthodontic treatment begin?

Orthodontic treatment can be started at any age, but the American Association of Orthodontists® recommends an initial orthodontic evaluation around the age of 7. Early evaluation allows orthodontists to identify potential issues and plan for appropriate treatment if necessary.

How long does orthodontic treatment take?

The duration of orthodontic treatment varies depending on the complexity of the case, the specific treatment approach used, and the patient’s cooperation. On average, treatment can last anywhere from several months to a few years.

What types of orthodontic appliances are available?

There are various types of orthodontic appliances, including traditional metal braces, ceramic braces, lingual braces (placed behind the teeth), and clear aligners such as Invisalign®. The choice of appliance depends on factors such as the patient’s orthodontic needs, treatment goals, and personal preferences.

Does orthodontic treatment hurt?

It is common to experience some discomfort or soreness after the placement of braces or adjustments. This discomfort is temporary and can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers. Clear aligners generally cause less discomfort compared to traditional braces.

How often should I visit my orthodontist during treatment?

Regular orthodontic visits are essential throughout the treatment process. Typically, patients are scheduled for adjustments or check-ups every 4-8 weeks. These visits allow the orthodontist to monitor progress, make necessary adjustments, and address any concerns.

How should I take care of my orthodontic appliances?

Proper care of orthodontic appliances is crucial for successful treatment. This includes maintaining good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing regularly, avoiding hard and sticky foods that can damage braces, wearing elastics or aligners as instructed, and protecting appliances during physical activities.

Will I need to wear retainers after treatment?

Yes, wearing retainers is an essential part of post-treatment care. Retainers help maintain the corrected position of your teeth and prevent them from shifting back. Your orthodontist will provide instructions on when and how long to wear retainers to ensure long-term stability of your smile.

Can adults undergo orthodontic treatment?

Absolutely! Orthodontic treatment is not limited to children and teenagers. Many adults seek orthodontic care to improve their smiles or address bite issues. There are various treatment options available that cater specifically to the needs and preferences of adult patients.

Remember, these FAQs provide general information, but it is always best to consult with our experienced orthodontists to assess your specific orthodontic needs and determine the most suitable treatment plan for you.

Our Locations

Glenwood Springs

2624 Grand Ave, Suite 200
Glenwood Springs, Colorado, 81601


Monday8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Friday7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


990 Airport Road
Rifle, Colorado, 81650


Day Hours
Monday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Friday 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed


1185 Capitol St., Unit 101
Eagle, Colorado, 81631


Day Hours
Monday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Friday 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

*Tuesday and Wednesday, every other week. Hours do change, so please call for more details.


204 W. Hyman Ave.
Aspen, Colorado, 81611


Day Hours
Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 11:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.*
Thursday Closed
Friday Closed
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

*Last Wednesday of every month. Call for more details.