We’re always happy to receive and answer your questions. Here are some answers to the most common questions we receive about braces and Invisalign. If you don’t find your question here, or would rather talk to us directly, don’t hesitate to call us at 215-576-5805.


Why should I go to an orthodontist?

Because a specialist is the best doctor for the job of making your smile dazzle! Both the teeth and facial structures are permanently changed by orthodontic treatment. Orthodontists have at least two additional years of extensive and specialized clinical training after dental school in straightening the teeth and aligning the jaws. This additional training and experience enables orthodontists to provide their patients with holistic care that covers orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics.

Why do I need to straighten my teeth?

Because you should love your smile and smile a lot. Evidence supports that a straight, beautiful smile improves your confidence and self-esteem. Orthodontic treatment can eliminate malocclusions (improper bites) and the wide variety of problems that malocclusions can cause. Malocclusions may affect the way you smile, chew, clean your teeth, and even how you feel about your teeth. Without treatment, the American Association of Orthodontists reports that orthodontic problems can lead to tooth decay, gum (periodontal) disease, bone loss, speech impairment, chewing and digestive disorders, unnecessary tooth loss and other associated dental injuries. By addressing an issue early, orthodontics can prevent unwanted skeletal changes and complex treatments.

What is Invisalign and is it right for me?

Invisalign uses clear, removable aligners to shape perfect smiles without wires and brackets. As Elite Preferred Providers, Dr. Udis and Dr. Conn have extensive experience and expertise in treating complex cases and can tell you whether you’re a candidate for Invisalign during your complimentary consultation.

At what age should I schedule an appointment for my children to have an orthodontic evaluation?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic evaluation by age 7. By this age, several permanent teeth in most children have erupted, allowing us to effectively evaluate your child’s orthodontic condition. Addressing orthodontic problems early can make for easier and faster treatment. Many times, early treatment can achieve results that would be unattainable once the face and jaws have completed growth and early intervention can save patients from a more prolonged and complex treatment process later in life. If a young patient is not ready for treatment, we will continue to monitor the patient’s dental health to determine if treatment is necessary at a future age.

Will my teeth straighten out as they grow by themselves?

No. The space available for a person’s front teeth does not increase over time. After a person’s permanent molars erupt, the space available for front teeth generally decreases with age.

What is Phase One or Early Treatment?

Phase One treatment, if necessary, begins on children between the ages of 7 and 10. Phase One treatment generally lasts about 9 to 18 months. The primary objective of Phase One treatment is to address significant problems and prevent them from becoming more severe, and as always to improve self-esteem and self-image.

Am I too old for orthodontic treatment?

No patient is “too old” for orthodontics! About 25% of orthodontic patients are adults. We offer a number of aesthetic options, including Invisalign and clear braces, and Acceledent to reduce your treatment time.

Do I need a referral to see Dr. Udis or Dr. Conn?

Nope! Many of our patients are referred by their family dentist, but many other patients take the initiative to schedule a consultation themselves. Call us to schedule your complimentary consultation.

What will happen at the complimentary consultation?

A doctor will complete a thorough examination and evaluate whether an orthodontic problem exists. If necessary, we may recommend a complimentary panorex x-ray to further evaluate your dental development. We will discuss treatment options, the length of time required for treatment and the cost of proceeding (including insurance benefits and payment plan options). You will leave the appointment at ease, with all of your questions addressed.

Will I need to have teeth removed?

Straight teeth and a balanced facial profile are goals of orthodontics. Because our office utilizes the most advanced technology in orthodontics, removing teeth is often not necessary for treatment. However, there are always a few exceptions and, in some cases, we may recommend removing a tooth in order to achieve an ideal bite and perfect smile.

How long will treatment take?

Every treatment is different because every smile is different! …so treatment time varies. We make sure that each office visit is efficient and effective so that your treatment can be completed in a timely manner. We will provide an estimated length of treatment during your complimentary consultation. We also offer the latest technology in accelerated treatment.

How often will I have appointments?

We schedule appointments according to each patient’s individual needs. Most patients in treatment will have an appointment every 4-10 weeks.

How much will treatment cost? Are financing options available? How does my insurance work?
That’s the million dollar question (luckily a million dollar smile does not cost a million dollars!). It is impossible to give an exact cost for treatment until we have examined you. Our fee is based on the severity of your case and the length and complexity of the treatment – so you pay less, if less treatment is needed. We will discuss the exact cost and financial options during the initial consultation.

Rest assured, we work with you to find an affordable payment plan and our staff is great at helping you maximize the benefits from your insurance plan or Flex Spending Account. We offer no-interest financing plans and work within your budget.

Do braces or Invisalign hurt?
Generally, braces or Invisalign do not “hurt.” After certain visits, teeth may feel sore for a few days similar to the way your arm may become sore after throwing a ball around for several hours. In rare situations, OTC pain medications such as Tylenol will be recommended to 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!”

Can I play sports with braces?

Of course! We recommend wearing a mouthguard for all contact sports. Just ask us for one!  Click Here to read Dr. Karen Conn’s CONNmunications Blog post on the importance of wearing a mouthguard when you play sports.

What if I have an emergency?

We’ve got you covered. Our office provides fulltime emergency coverage. If your braces are causing discomfort or if something breaks, simply call our office and someone will be available to assist you. In most cases, we can address an issue over the telephone. If an emergency appointment is required, we will set aside time for you.

If I get treatment, do I need a retainer?

Yes, and it’s important that you have one! We provide our patients with customized retainers after their active orthodontic treatment is complete. Like all parts of the body, teeth are constantly changing and adapting. Regular wear of the retainers will keep your teeth from shifting. We strongly believe that the “retention” part of your treatment is just as important as the “active” part of your treatment.

What communities do you serve?

We are honored that patients come from far-and-wide to be treated by Dr. Udis and Dr. Conn. We proudly serve the following communities: Abington, Ambler, Blue Bell, Bryn Athyn, Chalfont, Cheltenham, Dresher, Elkins Park, Flourtown, Fort Washington, Glenside, Gwynedd, Gwynedd Valley, Hatboro, Horsham, Huntingdon Valley, Jenkintown, Lafayette Hill, Lansdale, Lower Gwynedd, Lower Merion, Lower Moreland, Maple Glen, Meadowbrook, Montgomeryville, Oreland, Philadelphia, Rockledge, Roslyn, Rydal, Southampton, Upper Gwynedd, Upper Moreland, Warminster, Willow Grove, Wyncote and other locations in Montgomery County, Bucks County and Philadelphia County.