1. Is it required that my family dentist schedule my appointment with the orthodontist?
  2. At what age should I schedule an appointment for an orthodontic screening?
  3. Will my teeth straighten out as they grow?
  4. How do I schedule an appointment for an initial exam?
  5. What will happen at the initial examination appointment?
  6. What will I learn from the initial examination?
  7. Will I need to have teeth extracted for braces?
  8. How long will it take to complete treatment?
  9. How much will braces cost? Are financing options available? How does my insurance work?
  10. How often will I have appointments?
  11. Can I schedule all of my appointments after school?
  12. Can I drop my child off for an appointment?
  13. Do braces hurt?
  14. Can I return to school the day I receive my braces?
  15. Do you give shots?
  16. Do you use recycled braces?
  17. Can I still play sports?
  18. Do I need to see my family dentist while in braces?
  19. Are there foods I cannot eat while I have braces?
  20. How often should I brush my teeth while in braces?
  21. What is an emergency appointment? How are those handled?
  22. Can orthodontic correction occur while a child has baby teeth?
  23. What is Phase One (early) Treatment?
  24. Will my child need full braces if he/she has Phase One treatment?
  25. Will my child need an expander?
  26. Is it too late to have braces if I am already an adult?
  27. Can I wear braces even though I have crowns and missing teeth?
  28. Why should I choose an orthodontic specialist?

1. Is it required that my family dentist schedule my appointment with the orthodontist?

No, it is not. Many of our patients are referred by their family dentist, yet many other patients take the initiative to schedule an examination themselves.

2. At what age should I schedule an appointment for an orthodontic screening?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic screening at age 7. By this age, several permanent teeth in most children have erupted, allowing us to effectively evaluate your orthodontic condition.

3. Will my teeth straighten out as they grow?

No, they will not. The space available for the front teeth does not increase as you grow. In most people, after the permanent molars erupt, the space available for the front teeth decreases with age.

4. How do I schedule an appointment for an initial exam?

If you or your child can potentially benefit from orthodontic treatment, simply call our office, or send us an e-mail. We will be happy to schedule an appointment for you. When you call to schedule your appointment, our front office staff will request some basic information from you.

5. What will happen at the initial examination appointment?

Upon arriving, each patient and parent will be seen by the staff and doctor who will acclimate you to our office and prepare for the initial exam. We will take the necessary photographs and X-rays to allow us to make a proper diagnosis. The doctor will then complete a brief, but thorough, exam.

To read more about your first visit, see our First Visit Page.

6. What will I learn from the initial examination?

There are five essential questions that we will cover during the initial examination:

  • Is there an orthodontic problem, and if so, what is it?
  • What must be done to correct the problem?
  • Will any teeth need to be removed?
  • How long will the treatment take to complete?
  • How much will the treatment cost?

7. Will I need to have teeth extracted for braces?

Removing teeth is sometimes required to achieve the best orthodontic result. Straight teeth and a balanced facial profile are the goal of orthodontics. However, because new technology has provided advanced orthodontic procedures, removing teeth is not always necessary for orthodontic treatment.

8. How long will it take to complete treatment?

Treatment time obviously depends on each patient’s specific orthodontic problem. In general, treatment times range from 12 to 30 months. The “average” time frame a person is in braces is approximately 22 months.

9. How much will braces cost? Are financing options available? How does my insurance work?

It is impossible to give an exact cost for treatment until we have examined you. We will cover the exact cost and financial options during the initial examination. We have many financing options available to accommodate your needs, and we will review these with you. We will also review your insurance policy and help to maximize your benefit and file your claims.

10. How often will I have appointments?

Appointments are scheduled according to each patient’s needs. Most patients in braces will be seen every five to 10 weeks. If there are specific situations that require more frequent monitoring, we will schedule appointments accordingly.

11. Can I schedule all of my appointments after school?

Unfortunately, we cannot schedule all appointments for students during after-school hours. However, because most appointments are scheduled five to 10 weeks apart, most patients will miss minimal school due to their orthodontic treatments. We will, however, make a sincere effort to meet your scheduling needs.

12. Can I drop my child off for an appointment?

Yes. We understand your busy schedule, and we are happy to help you make the most of your time. On some occasions, we may request to speak with a parent when they return, so we ask that parents check in with their patient manager before dropping off their child.

13. Do braces hurt?

Generally, braces do not “hurt.” After certain visits, teeth may be sore for a few days. In these situations, pain medications such as Advil or Tylenol will ease the discomfort. However, after most visits, patients do not feel any soreness at all! We often remind our patients, “It does not have to hurt to work!”

14. Can I return to school the day I receive my braces?

Yes. There is no reason to miss school because of an orthodontic appointment.

15. Do you give shots?

No. Shots are not necessary in orthodontic treatment.

16. Do you use recycled braces?

Absolutely not! It is our belief that each patient should be provided with their own braces to achieve the best orthodontic result possible.

17. Can I still play sports?

Yes. We recommend a mouth guard for all sports.

18. Do I need to see my family dentist while in braces?

Yes! Regular checkups with your family dentist are important while in braces. Your family dentist will determine the intervals between cleaning appointments while you are in braces.

19. Are there foods I cannot eat while I have braces?

Yes. Once treatment begins, we will explain the complete instructions and provide a comprehensive list of foods to avoid. Some of those foods include: ice, hard candy, raw vegetables and all sticky foods (i.e. caramel and taffy). You can avoid most emergency appointments to repair broken or damaged braces by carefully following our instructions.

20. How often should I brush my teeth while in braces?

Patients should brush their teeth at least four times each day – after each meal and before going to bed. We will show each patient how to floss their teeth with braces and may also provide a prescription for a special fluoride, if necessary.

21. What is an emergency appointment? How are those handled?

If your braces are causing extreme pain or if something breaks, you should call our office. In most cases, we can address these issues over the telephone. If you require an emergency appointment, we will set aside time for you.

22. Can orthodontic correction occur while a child has baby teeth?

Yes. Some orthodontic problems are significant enough to require early intervention. However, if a patient is not yet ready for treatment, we will follow that patient’s growth and development until the time is right for treatment to begin.

23. What is Phase One (early) treatment?

Phase One treatment, if necessary, is usually initiated on children between the ages of 7 and 10. Phase One treatment lasts about 12-21 months. The primary objective for Phase One treatment is to address significant problems to prevent them from becoming more severe and to improve self-esteem and self-image.

24. Will my child need full braces if he/she has Phase One treatment?

It is best to assume that your child will need full braces even after Phase One treatment. The period following Phase One treatment is called the “resting period,” during which growth and tooth eruption are closely monitored. Throughout this period, parents and patients will be kept informed of future treatment recommendations.

25. Will my child need an expander?

At the completion of the initial examination, we will determine whether a patient will need an expander.

26. Is it too late to have braces if I am already an adult?

A surprising percentage of our patients are adults. In fact, 25 percent of all orthodontic patients are adults. Health, happiness and self-esteem are vitally important to adults. No patient is “too old” to wear braces!

27. Can I wear braces even though I have crowns and missing teeth?

Yes. A tooth with a crown will move just like a tooth with a simple filling. When teeth are missing, orthodontic treatment will aid in the alignment of the remaining teeth.

28. Why should I choose an orthodontic specialist?

Teeth, and sometimes entire facial structures, are permanently changed by orthodontic treatment. It is important that the treatment be appropriate and properly completed. Orthodontic specialists have extensive and specialized training that enables them to provide their patients with professional, personalized treatments.

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Trapnell Orthodontics -
Payson Office

1107 S. Hwy. 198
Payson, UT 84651
Call: (801) 465-2541

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Spanish Fork Office

89 W. 900 N.
Spanish Fork, UT 84660
Call: (801) 798-8343

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Springville Office

187 E. 400 S.
Springville, UT 84663
Call: (801) 489-9475

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Provo Office

3610 N. University Ave, Ste 175
Provo, UT 84604
Call: (801) 344-8887
Testimonials
  • We have been with Trapnell Orthodontics for many years. Every member of my family including mom and dad have had braces with them. Love Love Love them.
    —Barbara A.
  • I truly love Trapnell Orthodontics. I've had nothing but great experiences every time I go in for my appointments. The staff is very polite and considerate and always try to squeeze me in to switch my bands when I need to. Also they were more than happy to come in on holiday for me when my wires popped out. And Dr. Trapnell is an amazing Orthodontist that truly cares for each of his patients' needs. If you aren't going here, you're missing out.
    —Megan V.
  • I was a non-traditional patient of Dr. Jeff. I had some severe hurdles to overcome and Dr. Jeff was very positive and hopefully optimistic that we could repair my issues. Thanks to his expertise and patience my issues we're completely and miraculously resolved! My smile is now what I wanted it to be thanks to the very professional care I was given. It's always an extreme pleasure to go to the office, to be greeted by name and hugs! I highly recommend the services and expertise of Trapnell Orthodontics...they are world class in my book!
    —Michelle C.
  • Professional and friendly staff. Dr. Jeff Trapnell remembers his patients personally. Very efficient and short waiting time. Both my daughters have their braces done here.
    —Qingyuan L.
  • These guys are the best! Seven happy kids, seven perfect smiles, seven very positive experiences! Thanks Trapnell Orthodontics!
    —Elizabeth R.
  • Great Orthodontist and team at Trapnell Ortho
    —Steve C.
  • We love Trapnell orthodontics! Already seeing great results in less than a year. Dr. Trapnell and staff have always been so kind and professional. Would definitely recommend them:).
    —Ashley S.
  • Five of our 7 children have received orthodontic treatment at Trapnell Orthodontic's Provo location. Our last two children are almost ready to get braces, and we will be taking them there, too. We have loved the work that has been done and the final outcome has always been perfect. The employees have always been friendly, and appointments times have always been easy to get that fit my schedule. We have had nothing but an exceptional experience in every way.
    —Karen S.
  • The best Orthodontics care I've ever received. My teeth were crooked, and possibly could have deformed my upper mouth. All it took were some retainers to fix my teeth. They work so well. The staff is adept at what they do, friendly, and understanding. Dr. Trapnell himself is a wonderful man who makes his workplace feel welcoming. Best care ever. Highly recommended!
    —Aegis R.
  • Great staff. Friendly doctor and understanding too. No one is trying to push you treatment to make more money. I am very happy with the services here.
    —Alexandre O.
  • Excellent service with a very kind and personal touch. 3 out of 4 kids got their braces here and I wish we would have been here for the 4th one. Thank you Trapnell!
    —Michael T.
  • Probably the best Orthodontist ever!!!!! Not only is he very professional, but he's "real"!!! What I mean by that, is he knows what's up with kids now a days. He is realistic. He is friendly and funny and my son loves that about him. It's not just another trip to the Ortho. They make it fun and enjoyable and entertaining. My son loves the "good brushing" competition every month they do. It's a very positive and fun way to keep the kids brushing well and taking good care of their teeth. The staff there is very friendly and professional. They are always ontime!!!! I hate going to the doctor or dentist or Ortho and spending more time waiting for the doctor than the actual time it takes for him to work on you or for him to see you. They are always ontime and fast. I love that!! Their office is always very clean and nice. Their prices are very reasonable! If you have any reason why you can't afford their care that your child needs, let them know, and they will work with you. They are very good with making "life" work. They know what happens to everyone at certain times of life. Dr. Trapnell is also very educated and smart when it comes to your teeth. I have asked him questions that are not even related to his field of expertise and he has helped me with the answer and explained things to me very well. I put all my trust in him and his staff. They are by far the best around!!!!!
    —Quinn F.
  • Great with the kids, and does good work! Very nice staff
    —Laura J.
  • Dr. Trapnell is great! He continues to answer my many questions and put my mind at ease. His assistants are kind, efficient, and gentle. The front desk lady is a scheduling master. She is welcoming and always has a smile on her face. Thank you for all of your help!
    —Theresa E.
  • They always take me back right away and I'm almost done with my braces! Thanks Dr. Trapnell!!
    —Sabrina R.
  • Very nice, friendly, and efficient! My son got his braces off today and they look awesome!
    —Michelle E.
  • An A.M.A.Z.I.N.G office and staff. I'm super impressed. I'm so thankful we chose Dr. Trapnell for our children's braces.
    —Shawn L.
  • Such a great experience, loved everyone at the office and I LOVE the way my teeth turned out!
    —Kolbi S.