FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT ORTHODONTICS
What is orthodontics?
Also known as dentofacial orthopedics, orthodontics is the specialty in dentistry that focuses on diagnosing, preventing, and treating abnormalities related to the alignment and function of the teeth and jaws.
What is an orthodontist?
A dental specialist with an additional 2-3 years of training and experience in straightening the teeth and aligning the jaws is known as an orthodontist.
At what age should the first orthodontic visit be scheduled?
Orthodontic treatment can be very rewarding at any age, but the American Association of Orthodontists agrees that the first visit to an orthodontist should occur around age seven.
How should I care for my teeth while I have braces or a retainer?
- Brush thoroughly after each meal and floss daily.
- Always use fluoride toothpaste and fluoridated rinses to fight cavities.
- Store your retainer in its proper container whenever it is out of the mouth.
- Brush or soak your retainer in denture cleaner to keep it clean and fresh.
- To keep cavities away, try to avoid sugary foods and snacks.
- Avoid foods that are sticky, chewy, hard, or likely to get stuck in your braces.
- Schedule a routine checkup with your family dentist every 6 months.
What are braces?
Braces are appliances that help to correct the function, appearance, and alignment of the teeth. Braces are available in many forms, including clear, ceramic, invisible, and traditional.
What types of braces do you offer?
We offer traditional metal braces, ceramic braces, and clear aligners including Invisalign. We also provide palatal expanders. Learn more about each types of braces and palatal expanders and Invisalign and Invisalign Teen.
How long will I be wearing braces?
The length of your treatment will depend on the complexity of your treatment and how quickly your teeth respond to the recommended treatment. An orthodontic case can be completed in as few as 6 months or up to 30 months, with the average case just under 2 years.
Are braces painful?
As you adjust to the braces, you may experience temporary discomfort or sensitivity.
Will braces interfere with activities such as playing sports, instruments, or singing?
You can continue to enjoy these activities, however, you may need to adjust your playing style or wear a protective mouthguard.
To get started, just give our office a call! We will be happy to answer your questions or schedule your next appointment.