Why should I choose an orthodontist for treatment?
An orthodontist is a dentist who has completed an additional two or three years of schooling in the specialty of orthodontics. Teeth positions and sometimes entire facial structures can be changed by orthodontic treatment. Orthodontists have specialized training to diagnose and treat dental abnormalities, bite problems, and function to provide patients with a personalized treatment plan.
How do I schedule an appointment for an initial exam?
If you or your child could potentially benefit from orthodontic treatment, simply call our office, send us an email, or fill out an appointment request form online. When you call to schedule your appointment, we will request some basic information from you. Initial consultations are further described in the First Visit section and are complimentary.
Do braces hurt?
Braces themselves do not often hurt. However, after certain visits, depending on the adjustments that are made, areas of your mouth may be sore for a few days. In the beginning it is not uncommon to have some discomfort as your teeth, cheeks, gums, and mouth are adjusting to braces.
How often will I have appointments?
Appointments are scheduled according to each patient’s needs. Most patients in braces or Invisalign will be seen every 5-10 weeks. If there are specific situations that require more frequent monitoring, we will schedule appointments accordingly.
Are there foods I cannot eat while I have braces?
Once treatment begins, we will provide a comprehensive list of foods to avoid. Some of the foods include hard candies, raw vegetables, and sticky foods like caramels and taffy. Avoiding certain foods will help reduce the number of broken braces that need to be fixed and ensure your treatment progresses as smoothly as possible.
How often should I brush my teeth while in braces?
Patients should brush their teeth at least three times a day to keep their teeth, gums, and mouth healthy and clean. The day braces are placed, we will show you how to properly brush and floss your teeth with braces.
Do I need to see my family dentist while in braces or Invisalign?
Yes! Regular check-ups with your family dentist are almost more important while in orthodontic treatment to make sure you are taking care of your teeth and keeping those hard-to-reach areas clean. Your dentist will determine the intervals between cleaning appointments while you are in treatment. Most of our patients continue to see their family dentist every 3-6 months for cleanings.
Can I still participate in school activities like sports, playing an instrument, or singing?
Depending on the activity, there will likely be an adjustment period while you get used to playing an instrument or sports with braces or Invisalign. However, orthodontic treatment will not stop you from participating in any school activities. If you play a contact sport, it is recommended that you wear a mouthguard to protect your braces.
What is an orthodontic emergency? How are those handled?
If something breaks, please call our office. In most cases, we can address these issues over the phone. If it is not during our normal business hours and you are in extreme pain, we have an after-hours line where we can always be reached.