Orthodontic FAQs


What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a specialized field of dentistry that focuses on the diagnosis, prevention, and correction of malpositioned teeth and jaws.

Who is an orthodontist?

An orthodontist is a dentist who specializes in the field of orthodontics. Dr. Jennifer Yau received an additional 27  months of training to receive her Certificate in Orthodontics and her Master's of Science Degree in Dentistry. Afterwards, Dr. Yau then further pursued American Board Certification. All this education helps Dr. Yau better diagnose patients and provide the best treatment for patients with malocclusions. 

When should you visit the orthodontist?

You are welcomed to see an orthodontist any time if you have concerns about your teeth or feel that you want improvements on your smile. 

For children, we recommend bringing them to the orthodontist at ages 8 to 9 years old. Sometimes jaw mal-alignment or mal-position can be corrected with early interceptive treatment, known as Phase I, which will provide more favorable jaw growth for these children. Most children will not need Phase I, and Dr. Yau will follow-up every 6-12 months with complimentary exams to make sure baby teeth are falling out and permanent teeth are coming in normally. 

Finally, if your general dentist refers you or your child, feel free to visit an orthodontist for an evaluation.

What are braces?

Orthodontists use braces to create a more beautiful smile for you! It is the magic behind how your teeth will straighten and your smile will improve. Our office offers both metal and clear braces to meet the functional and esthetic needs of our patients. 

How do I take care of my braces?

We will be showing you how to clean your braces in detail. When you first get your braces, we will be demonstrating proper oral hygiene techniques. At every subsequent appointment, we will be checking on your hygiene and helping you with areas that need improvement. We encourage patients to maintain good periodic visits with your general dentist, especially when braces are in place. You should see your general dentist for your dental check-ups every 4-6 months. 

For those who play instruments or contact sports, you are allows to participate in those activities even with braces! For certain sports, your coach may require you to wear a mouthguard to protect your braces and your teeth.

How do I get started?

You can call us at (408) 377-9797. Our front desk team will help you schedule your next appointment and give you all the information you need.