It's Time to Smile 🙂

A great-looking smile can boost your self-confidence and have a positive impact on your social and professional life.  What are the common orthodontic problems? When is the right age to get treatment? Do you prefer braces or Invisalign? ...... These are all really good questions that you may be wondering before getting started.

At Embrace Orthodontics, we are here to help you get prepared in every possible way so you can look forward to starting your smile journey!

The team at Embrace Orthodontics understands that patients and prospective patients are likely to be full of questions, which is why we provide this orthodontics 101, the essential guide to learning about our procedures and treatments. There are many points of interest that we are asked about often, and below we cover several of these points for anyone interested.


Problems with the teeth and jaws can still manifest after childhood and puberty. Losing teeth or imbalance in tongue and cheek muscles can occur at any time, both of which can precipitate orthodontic issues. Dr. Li and her team have solutions to all of the common orthodontic problems patients face, regardless of age.


There is no one essential starting point when it comes to the practice of orthodontics. Orthodontists generally recommend that a child visit an orthodontist by the age of seven to ensure that their adult teeth are going to come in right. However, that doesn’t mean that misaligned teeth that weren’t identified until adulthood can’t be treated. There is no wrong age for orthodontic treatment.

One of the major pitfalls of orthodontic treatment: do you want braces or Invisalign? Both have their pros and cons, which Dr. Li addresses in greater detail on this page.

Also known as interceptive treatment or phase 1 treatment, early treatment is orthodontic treatment for children who still have at least some of their first set of teeth. Early treatment can identify and ameliorate serious dental or skeletal problems.

Learn to protect your mouth and your braces with Embrace Orthodontics. Life with braces can require a few lifestyle changes. Don’t worry, though. It is easy to manage with our useful tips.

Learning to handle your aligners carefully is important to ensure that you get the maximum benefit from them. Embrace Orthodontics can give you the information you need to minimize discomfort and look your best.

Orthodontic FAQs

Do you have other queries about the techniques, technologies, and procedures we provide? Many of the most frequently asked questions we receive are gathered on our site. We hope you have a pleasant learning experience!

Why Choose Orthodontists Over Aligners that Come in the Mail?

There are services available these days that tout the benefits of mail-order aligners. While these services have eye-catching costs compared to the average orthodontist’s fee, it is all too often a false economy. Without an orthodontic professional diligently checking in on the patient’s progress with their aligners, it is easy for aligners to fail in their task of correcting malocclusions. Sometimes they can even exacerbate the situation, requiring further expensive orthodontic work to correct. If the aligners dispatched fail to fit comfortably, there is little recourse other than to discontinue wearing them.

Embrace Orthodontics recommends against gambling on the kind of unmonitored aligner use advocated by these mail-order aligners.


Orthodontics: Common Sense, Principles, and Practices

Why should you choose an orthodontist for orthodontic care? These days, it is not uncommon to find a dentist or a dental health practitioner that will offer to provide orthodontic treatments. However, there is a distinct difference between a dentist and an orthodontist that cannot be overlooked. All orthodontists are dentists, but not all dentists are orthodontists. Like how a doctor can specialize in surgery, psychiatry, or pediatrics, a dentist can specialize in orthodontics, which requires several more years as an orthodontic resident, for him/her to learn about orthodontic instruments, and instrument set-ups, insurance basics, space maintenance, and the like. 

We want to protect our patients and make sure that they understand their options. We are discerning about treatments and will elect to treat young children only when circumstances truly warrant them. Not every misalignment demands immediate treatment in growing children with mixed adult and baby teeth. Yet, it is important to make that determination with the help of an orthodontist after a thorough evaluation.

If you or your child needs treatment, our office offers flexible payment plans and we will work with patients and patient's families that require financing. We also accept all PPOs. The best way to establish the details of payment is to provide us with the particulars of your insurance plan before your first visit so we can set up the insurance basics in readiness. If your coverage ever changes, let us know and we will be able to help adjust your payment options accordingly. 


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