Orthodontic Frequently Asked Questions
You have questions, and we have answers. While we are more than happy to answer your questions in person, we also know that sometimes patients want to know before they go. To help, here are some of the more common inquiries we receive.
What is orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a specialty within the field of dentistry that focuses on preventing and correcting dental and facial abnormalities.
What is an orthodontist?
An orthodontist is someone who has received a dental degree and then went on to complete 2-3 additional years of training in the field of orthodontics.
What age is ideal for orthodontic treatment?
Anyone aged seven and older can benefit from seeing the orthodontist. However, because jaw growth can be used to implement less-invasive forms of treatment, we suggest that children see us right around their 7th birthday.
How do I take care of my teeth if I have braces or a fixed retainer?
Daily oral healthcare is harder with an appliance, but not impossible. In fact, it is more important than ever before. You need to brush your teeth after every meal and floss a minimum of once a day. Avoid problem foods, especially those high in sugar, to make this easier on you.
What are braces?
Braces are appliances placed on the teeth, designed to place pressure on the teeth to gently move them to a new location. Traditional metal braces are the most common and most well-known, but we offer many types of braces.
How long does braces treatment last?
This will vary from patient to patient, but around 22 months in most cases.
Does having braces hurt?
Braces should never truly hurt unless there is something wrong, such as an accident damaging them. However, the forces they place on the teeth can make them sore and sensitive to biting pressure when the braces are first placed and after each adjustment. This soreness is not severe and can be managed with salt-water rinses and over-the-counter pain medication.
If I am seeing the orthodontist every so many weeks, do I still need to see the dentist?
Yes! Dentists and orthodontists complete different types of work. As a result, even if you are seeing us often, you still need to see the dentist every six months.
Do I need to worry about braces and sports, playing an instrument, or singing?
With contact sports, you will want to wear a special mouthguard that we can make for you. As for playing instruments and singing, you will go through an adjustment period, but after, all will be well.
How do I schedule an appointment?
Just give us a call and we will give you an appointment that works with your schedule.