Zurcher Orthodontics

What To Expect With Orthodontics Treatment

Looking for an orthodontist who can help you or your child’s smile can be difficult. However, with our excellent Dr. Zurcher at Zurcher Orthodontics, you don’t have to look far! Our office provides exceptional orthodontics treatment in the South Jordan, West Jordan, and Draper, Utah, areas. 


If you are considering orthodontic treatment for yourself or your child, you may have questions about what to expect. Will it hurt? How long will it take? What is the process like? In this blog, we will answer those questions and give you a better understanding of what orthodontic treatment entails. 

The Consultation

The first step in orthodontic treatment is a consultation with your orthodontist. During this initial visit, Dr. Bill Zurcher will evaluate your teeth and jaw, take X-rays and photos, and discuss your goals for treatment. He will develop a customized treatment plan that meets your needs and aligns your teeth to create a healthy, functional, and beautiful smile. This plan may include:


  • Traditional Braces: Traditional braces, composed of metal brackets and wires, are known for their durability and effectiveness in treating severe misalignment issues. 
  • Clear Braces: Clear braces provide a less noticeable alternative. Offering a high degree of discretion, they are ideal for patients seeking a more aesthetic solution.


For children, we provide Phase I and Phase II Pediatric orthodontics. We also offer custom clear alignment trays for those whose smiles do not require traditional braces. 

Your Developed Treatment Plan

Once Dr. Bill Zurcher has developed your treatment plan, he will explain how to care for your appliances and what to expect during the treatment process. You’ll learn how often to brush and floss, what foods to avoid, and how to handle any discomfort. He will also schedule frequent appointments to monitor your progress, adjust your appliances, and ensure your treatment stays on track.

During Your Orthodontic Treatment

During orthodontic treatment, you’ll slowly start to see your teeth move and your smile transform. However, it’s important to remember that this is a gradual process that can take time to achieve the desired results. Braces typically remain on the teeth for 1-3 years, depending on the severity of the case and the type of appliances used. Dr. Zurcher will be able to give you a more accurate timeline once they’ve evaluated your specific situation.

After Treatment

Once your 1-3 years of treatment is done, Dr. Zurcher will fit your mouth for a retainer. A retainer is essential to help maintain the alignment of your new smile after your orthodontic treatment. Retainers are an excellent way to prevent your smile from losing its new alignment and keep it straight for years. 

Common Orthodontic Concerns

One of the concerns frequently expressed is the pain of the orthodontic process. While patients may experience mild discomfort during the first few days after the initial placement of braces or aligners, over-the-counter pain medication can effectively ease discomfort. As time passes, most patients report only slight discomfort after adjustments occur. However, some patients may experience sensitivity or pressure on their teeth.

Orthodontics in South Jordan, UT

Orthodontic treatment can initially seem overwhelming, but working with Dr. Zurcher can become an exciting process that leads to a healthier and more beautiful smile. Dr. Zurcher will be there for you every step of the way as he believes in ensuring the best care for each of his patients, and he enjoys being able to help his patients achieve a straighter smile and better bite. 


If you are interested in receiving orthodontic care, we provide a free consultation to help patients know if orthodontics is right for them. With patience, diligence, and support from your orthodontist, you’ll have the smile you’ve always wanted! Schedule a consultation with Dr. Zurcher today