Orthodontic FAQs

Orthodontics FAQs

You have questions; we have the answers. To learn more about the basics of orthodontics, read our frequently asked questions below.

What Is Orthodontics?

Orthodontics is an advanced form of dentistry that focuses on malformation of the teeth, gums, and jawbone and misplacement of the teeth.

What Is an Orthodontist?

An orthodontist is a doctor who has received dentistry training and then received an additional two to three years of training within the field of orthodontics. Orthodontists can correct problems with the teeth, gums, and jaw bone.

What Age Should My Child See an Orthodontist?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children see an orthodontist right around their seventh birthday. This ensures that severe problems can be caught early and corrected with less-invasive methods. If your child is older than seven, you should still schedule an appointment.

How Do I Care for My Teeth When Wearing an Appliance?

While wearing an appliance does make taking care of teeth more complicated, it can still be done. We will show you how in out office. If you wear removable appliances, like retainers or Invisalign, be sure to clean the appliances very well in addition to brushing and flossing your teeth. While in treatment, eat less sugar and avoid foods that can damage appliances. Also, see your dentist every six months as always.

What Are Braces?

Braces are appliances that are fixed to the teeth and are designed to move the teeth into their ideal positions. Some types of braces you can use include:

  • Clear braces
  • Ceramic braces
  • Lingual braces
  • Self-ligating braces
  • Invisible braces
  • Traditional metal braces

How Long Will I Wear Braces?

This answer depends on a variety of factors and is unique to you. Your orthodontist will estimate your treatment time before you enter into treatment.
However, this estimate is not exact and if you do not take care of your appliance and come to all appointments, your treatment will take longer. On average, braces treatment takes about 22 months.

Do Braces Hurt?

Wearing braces should not be painful. With that said, expect tenderness when they are first placed for about five days and after every adjustment for about a day. This tenderness can easily be dealt with using over-the-counter pain medication and salt water rinses.

Should I Brush More When I Have Braces?

Yes, you need to brush after every meal, so a minimum of three times a day. This is because food particles can get trapped around the braces and cause decay and gum disease, as well as discoloration.

Can Braces Impact My Sports or Musical Performance?

With sports, you will need a special mouthguard. Other than that, you are good to go. With playing a musical instrument, things will be off at first while you adjust to accommodate the appliance. However, you will adjust and things will become natural quite quickly.

How Do I Schedule My Appointments?

All you need to do is give us a call. If you are a new patient, let us know so we can give you important information that will help you in your treatment.

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