Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is Dr. Knoles a member of the American Association of Orthodontists?
A: Yes. His membership has extended more than 30 years, in the only orthodontic specialty organization recognized by the American Dental Association.


Q: What’s the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist?
A: An orthodontist is a dentist who has completed an additional 2-3 years of post-doctorate training, specific to the field of orthodontics. A typical orthodontist attends college for four years, then dental school for four years and then specific orthodontic training for 3 years.  Other dental specialists include Periodontists, Prosthodontists and Endodontists.


Q: Can my dentist practice orthodontics?
A: Yes. Though they lack the specific training, Dentists are licensed to attempt the treatment of simple cases in orthodontics, periodontics, prosthodontics, and other work normally performed by specialists.  Similarly, a general practitioner medical doctor is licensed to deliver babies or treat cancer, but most patients prefer to have a specialist involved.


Q: Is Dr. Knoles accepting new patients?
A: Yes. Please call or email for a free consultation.


Q: Where are the offices located?
A: We have four offices, conveniently located along the northern Wasatch Front.


Q: Is insurance accepted?
A: Most insurance plans are accepted. Please bring your insurance information with you to your consultation, and we’ll review your coverage options with you.


Q: Is financing available?
A: Yes. Several financing options can be matched to your budget to make your treatment affordable.


Q: What happens on the first visit?
A: Dr. Knoles will evaluate your case and explain what treatment is needed, when treatment should begin and give you a cost estimate. Diagnostic records are taken if you elect for treatment to begin immediately. Braces can usually be placed within a week.


Q: How long is the average treatment?
A: Treatment times vary considerably depending on the severity of each case. On average, patients wear braces for 24 months and a retainer for additional 24 months.

Q: When should a child first see an orthodontist?
A: The American Association of Orthodontists suggests a child can be evaluated for orthodontic treatment at age seven.


Q: Is it possible to do braces without extracting teeth?
A: Yes. Removing teeth is one way to provide space for crowded teeth, and often used for relieving “buck” or protruding teeth. Each mouth is different so the treatment plan is designed for the best and most stable end result.


Q: What are invisible braces?
A: All types of braces are visible. The least-visible type are placed on the inside of the teeth, further crowding the inside of the mouth. They tend to be quite uncomfortable, cost more and require a longer treatment time. Consider this general rule: The more visible the brace, the shorter the treatment time.