Have questions about orthodontics? Well, we have the answers. Here are the most frequently asked questions we get. If you don’t see your question here, contact us and we will answer it for you.
What is an orthodontist?
It is a specialized form of dentistry with a focus on diagnosing, preventing, and treating dental and facial abnormalities.
What is is an orthodontist?
They are dental specialists who have gotten their dental degree and then completed an additional three years of training after graduating from dental school.
When should a child first see the orthodontist?
Seven is the ideal age to see an orthodontist as it gives the largest window for correcting significant problems without surgery. However, it is never too late.
How do I brush and floss with an appliance?
The exact method varies based on appliance. We will show you how to take care of your teeth when your appliance is placed. We also have a guide right here on our website for brushing and flossing with braces.
What are braces?
Braces are an appliance that straightens the teeth by placing force on them. The manner in which this is done depends on the type of braces used.
How long will I need to wear braces?
Every patient is different so we cannot answer that until we see you in person. The length of treatment primarily depends on two factors: what problems need to be correct and how well you follow the directions of your treatment. Keep in mind that if directions are not followed, it means treatment will take longer than expected.
Do braces hurt?
No, they do not hurt, but they can cause soreness and tenderness. Check out our life with braces section to learn ways to cope with this.
Should I brush my teeth more while wearing braces?
Yes, your braces can give food particles more places to hide, so you need to brush after every meal and before bed.
Will I still see my dentist?
Yes. Your dentist and the orthodontist complete different jobs, so you must see both.
Do braces impact sports, playing instruments, or speaking?
For sports, you will need to wear a special mouthguard. As for instruments and speaking, there is an adjustment period but you will quickly adapt to having braces.
How do I schedule an appointment?
Just give us a call!