Dr. Golden's Blog

Even though orthodontics is a specialty that covers a vast array of treatments, much of our work centers around straightening teeth with braces.

Braces straighten teeth by applying a light, constant pressure to move the teeth into place. The membrane that holds a tooth is stretched on one side and compressed on the other. Because these membranes are delicate and need time to readjust, it is necessarily a slow process, which is why the average treatment time for braces is between one and two years.

Types of braces

Metallic braces – These “traditional” braces are the most common type of braces. The brackets (the squares attached directly to the tooth that holds the wire) are made of either silver or gold alloys. Silver braces are more commonly used than gold braces, but the two metals work equally well. Gold braces are usually chosen by patients who have an aesthetic preference for the look, or an allergy to the alloy used in silver braces.

Clear braces – These tooth-colored braces have brackets that can be made of either ceramic or plastic. Clear braces are less conspicuous than metallic braces and are chosen for cosmetic purposes.

Invisalign – While not technically braces, Invisalign is an invisible orthodontic treatment that uses clear plastic aligners to straighten teeth. It can be a great alternative to metal braces. Obviously, the biggest advantage to using Invisalign is its cosmetic appeal. But clear aligners are also removable, allowing patients to eat, brush and floss as they normally would. For more information, see my Invisalign page.

What’s the best age to get braces?

Good news: It’s never too late to get braces! There is no age limit, and plenty of people (including luminaries from Hollywood to Washington) choose to get braces as adults.

Most people get braces when they are teenagers because that’s when their permanent teeth have fully grown into place. However, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends children have an orthodontic screening by age 7 to determine whether early treatment would benefit the child.

Early treatment isn’t necessary for every child, but it is sometimes the most effective way to ensure straight teeth and a healthy bite while saving a lot of time and money down the road. I feel very strongly about the subject of early treatment (when to treat early and when to not treat early) and I hope to devote an entire post to the topic soon.


I could go on and on about braces (just ask my lucky husband), and I’ll dive into more particulars in the near future. In the meantime, I’d love to answer your questions about braces, healthy smiles, or anything you’ve wanted to ask an orthodontist in the Columbus, Ohio, area.

Feel free to call my office at (614) 235-4800, email me at info@goldenorthodontics.com or drop me a line at my facebook page.

Hello and welcome to my new blog! This is my first post, so I thought I would tell you a bit about myself and what to expect from my blog.

My name is Cheryl Golden, as you may have already gathered. I’m an orthodontist in Bexley, Ohio, which is just east of Columbus. I love the Columbus area and am proud to call it home. I was born and raised in Columbus and went to Bexley High School, where I graduated as valedictorian.

Born a Buckeye, I enrolled at The Ohio State University and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a DDS from the OSU College of Dentistry. I went to the University of Southern California in Los Angeles to complete a three-year residency and obtain my Master’s Degree, but no amount of sunshine or palm trees could keep me from Columbus.

(You can find a more detailed description of my education and qualifications on the Meet Dr. Golden page.)

I came back to Bexley to open Golden Orthodontics, and I’ve never been happier. Helping to perfect the smiles in my community — braces for a young boy from Bexley or a woman from Whitehall, Invisalign to correct the crowded teeth of a Capital University student, a retainer for a child from Columbus — brings me joy every day.

One of the best things about being an orthodontist is that you tend to notice smiles more than the average person. And I’ve noticed that people in the Columbus area love to smile. All these healthy smiles are part of a healthy community with which I’ve become heavily involved and deeply enamored.

Bexley is a town as outgoing as it is close-knit. Residents gather for countless events year-round. I post about a lot of these events on my facebook page, along with other orthodontics- or Bexley-related things I find amusing and/or informative.

I want this blog to be another means to communicate with Bexley, and other communities near Columbus. But I also want to share the insights and advice I’ve gathered as an orthodontist.

In the coming weeks, I’ll post about:

  • Deciding on ceramic braces (clear braces) or metal braces, weighing the appearance and cost of braces
  • What you need to know about orthodontics and your insurance
  • The benefits of Invisalign for children and adults
  • The importance of early treatment

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