Below is a list of frequently asked questions. If the question you’re wondering about isn’t covered below, give us a call and we’ll gladly answer it!
WHAT IS ORTHODONTICS?
Orthodontics is the area of dentistry concerned with the supervision, guidance, and correction of the dentofacial structures. Orthodontic treatment uses braces, retainers, and other appliances to correct any dentofacial abnormalities. Regular dental check-ups and orthodontic treatment are proven to be effective tools in helping establish and maintain good oral health for people of all ages.
WHAT IS AN ORTHODONTIST?
An orthodontist is a dentist who has completed the required four years of college, four years of dental school, and who has also completed additional 2-3 years of specialty educational training in Orthodontics.
WHEN SHOULD I VISIT THE ORTHODONTIST?
Ordinarily, children should visit an orthodontist at the time permanent teeth begin to erupt to detect any deficiencies in the child’s teeth formation. This is usually between 7 and 10 years of age. Adults should visit an orthodontist to improve their overall dental health at any time. It’s never too late to have a beautiful, confident smile!
WHAT CAN I EXPECT AT MY FIRST VISIT?
Your initial visit will give you an opportunity to meet our doctor and knowledgeable staff, who will answer any questions you may have. You will receive a complimentary clinical examination to determine whether orthodontic treatment is necessary, as well as an estimated length of treatment and cost. If you decide to start a treatment plan, a clinician will proceed with x-rays, impressions, and records. Another appointment will be scheduled for your braces or appliance to be fitted. We also offer same-day braces for those who are eager and ready to start treatment the same day as their first appointment!
HOW LONG WILL MY ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT LAST?
We offer the shortest treatment times possible with average treatment length under 16 months, though this will vary depending on your individual orthodontic needs. Your cooperation in keeping scheduled orthodontic appointments, maintaining proper oral hygiene, and taking care of your braces may allow you to finish your orthodontic treatment earlier than anticipated!
HOW MUCH DOES ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT COST?
Orthodontic fees depend on the complexity of the orthodontic needs, the age of the patient, and the estimated length of treatment time. Since each patient is different, a visit to our office for a complimentary examination will allow you to get a better idea of the fee. We offer a variety of flexible payment options with low down payments and affordable monthly payments!
HOW DOES INSURANCE WORK?
Please provide us with your insurance information at your first appointment. We accept and file all insurance plans!
WHO SHOULD WEAR BRACES?
Braces may be worn by both children and adults, not only to improve the attractiveness of their smile but also because braces correct improper alignment of teeth that can lead to gum disease and early tooth loss. Left untreated, crooked teeth with irregular spacing make cleaning harder and allow cavities to develop more easily. Properly aligned teeth also make it easier to chew all types of food and will eliminate the headaches and pain caused by uneven chewing. Uneven teeth may result in weak enamel, gum problems, and jaw misalignment. Modern technology has resulted in numerous options for braces that will fit your specific lifestyle and will provide you with more comfort during treatment!
WHAT WILL MY BRACES LOOK LIKE?
Braces are lighter, more comfortable, and more technologically advanced today than ever before. They come in clear and a variety of colors and material choices. Ask our office staff about what options are available. Other appliances include colorful bands, elastics, and retainers.
HOW WILL BRACES STRAIGHTEN MY TEETH?
Braces exert gentle pressure on teeth over time to straighten them. The two main components include the braces placed on the teeth and the arch wire that connects them. The brace is a specially shaped metal or ceramic affixed to each tooth, and the arch wire is bent to reflect the bite that the patient should have after treatment. The wire threads through the braces, and as the wire tries to return to its original shape, it applies pressure to move the teeth.
ARE BRACES UNCOMFORTABLE?
There have been some fantastic advances made in modern orthodontics overtime to make treatment more comfortable and quicker for patients. There are now smaller, smoother braces, and gentler wires which provide a continuous small force over a long period of time, rather than a strong force for only a short period of time. Typically, there is some discomfort after the braces are first put on. Over-the-counter pain relievers and a soft foods diet will help alleviate this temporary discomfort.
WILL BRACES AFFECT PLAYING SPORTS?
You should be able to play just about any sport while wearing braces. However, it is recommended that you wear a mouthguard while participating in certain sports.
WHY ARE RETAINERS SO IMPORTANT?
Retainers help keep your teeth aligned at the completion of treatment. If they are not worn as instructed, your teeth will move back out of place over time.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY?
Call our office as soon as possible if you break or loosen any of your appliances. Please do not come directly to the office – by calling us, you will allow us to create a time to see you. Even if you have a regular appointment scheduled, call us immediately to notify us if you need an appliance repaired.