Orthodontics From Your Dentists in Rochester


If you're looking for an orthodontist in Rochester, NY, or Greece, NY, to correct tooth misalignment, bite issues, and/or to straighten your smile, we’re here to help.

While every smile is different and requires a customized orthodontic treatment plan, we're pleased to offer a variety of systems designed to improve smile aesthetics, boost patient confidence, and provide a series of short- and long-term oral health benefits in the process.

Which orthodontic system is right for me?

At Cornerstone Dental in Rochester, we offer traditional band-and-bracket braces, clear (ceramic) braces, and Invisalign aligners – all of which meet the varying needs of our patients. You can trust that we go the extra mile to provide a personalized orthodontics experience, from our thorough consultation and assessment to our recommendation of the system(s) that will best meet your smile needs and goals.

How does orthodontic treatment work?

Once it’s been determined which orthodontic system will best meet your needs and we’ve taken the necessary X-rays, scans, and/or photos, we’ll arrange an appointment to place your braces. Once in position, the braces will begin delivering a constant, gentle force in a controlled direction, which will slowly move your teeth into their ideal position.

How long does orthodontic treatment last?

The time frame is dependent on the patient and their unique orthodontic needs, as well as their compliance with home care. Patients respond differently to treatment and while we’ll provide you with an estimated time of completion, the time frame for treatment may differ from the original estimate.

What are the main differences between each type of braces?

Traditional metal braces: A popular option, these braces are made from high-grade stainless steel and they straighten teeth using metal brackets and archwires. Patients with these braces have the option to add colored elastics to create a fun and unique effect.

Clear (ceramic) braces: Made from clear materials, this braces option is less obvious than metal braces. It’s important to note that ceramic braces require more cleaning as they’re larger and more brittle than traditional metal systems.

Invisalign/Clear Aligners: Made from durable plastic, this system features a series of clear aligners that are removable and more comfortable when compared to other orthodontics systems. Patients can remove them to eat, drink, brush, and floss.

Should orthodontic patients avoid eating certain foods?

Foods like bagels, popcorn, chips, sticky and hard candies, gum, nuts, corn on the cob, apples, and carrots are best to avoid while undergoing orthodontic care, as they can get stuck in teeth and potentially damage your orthodontic appliance(s).

How common is it for orthodontic patients to experience pain after having braces placed?

You may notice that your teeth and mouth feel sensitive and/or sore after having braces placed, and this is normal for a few days. To soothe the area, swish and gargle with lukewarm salted water. If the pain doesn’t go away, over-the-counter pain medication may help.

You might also notice that your cheeks, lips, and tongue may be irritated in the days and weeks after braces have been placed. This is also normal and will subside with time. We recommend using orthodontic wax on braces brackets to minimize tenderness.

If you have questions or are interested in orthodontic treatment for you or someone you love, the first step is to call our team. We’ll be happy to schedule a consultation and determine the best course of care that will optimize your oral health and smile aesthetic!


Contact Us About Orthodontics & Invisalign Today

  • Address crowding, misalignment, & bite issues
  • Boost your smiling confidence
  • Prevent cavities caused by crowding & misalignment
  • Utilize the system that’s right for your unique smile
  • Protect your oral health!