FAQ

What is Orthodontics?

Orthodontics (also referred to as dentofacial orthopedics) is a specialized form of dentistry focusing on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial abnormalities.

What’s the Best Age to Visit The Orthodontist?

If you want to improve the look and feel of your smile, any age can be a great age to see us. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children first visit an orthodontist around the age of seven;  however, orthodontic treatment is not exclusive to children and teens,  with 30 to 40 percent of our patients being over the age of 21.  Whether you’re considering treatment for yourself or for a child, our complimentary first evaluation is always available to you.

How Can I Take Care of My Teeth If I’m Wearing Braces or a Retainer?

ALWAYS remember to brush your teeth after every meal and floss at least once a day. Make sure to use toothpaste that contains fluoride, and ask our staff or your family dentist if you need a fluoride rinse. This will help prevent cavities!

If you take out your retainer to eat, make sure you brush your teeth, floss, and remember to keep it safe in its container so that it does not get lost or broken.

Keep your retainer clean by brushing it gently with a toothbrush and toothpaste.  You may also soak it in denture cleaner. Do not put your retainer in boiling water or in the dishwasher.

During your treatment, try to avoid foods with a lot of sugar, which increases the amount of bacteria that grows in your mouth, causing more plaque and possibly cavities.

Avoid sticky and chewy foods (caramel, chewing gum, gummy bears), hard foods (hard candy, nuts, ice cubes), or any foods that could possibly get stuck in your braces (corn on the cob, soft bagels, ribs, taffy, etc.).

Be sure to schedule your routine checkups with your family dentist.  It is recommended that you continue to visit the dentist every six months.

What Are Braces?

Braces are used to help you improve the alignment of your teeth.   There are several different types of braces to choose from, including:

  • Clear self-ligating braces or
  • Metal self-ligating braces

If I Get Braces, How Long Will I Have To Wear Them?

The amount of time spent in braces will vary depending on the alignment of teeth and jaws.  Treatment times can take anywhere between six and 30 months, but most standard treatments take about 18 months.

Do I Need To Brush My Teeth More Often If I Have Braces?

Yes!  With braces, food may be caught in places that your toothbrush can’t reach. This causes bacteria to build up which can lead to cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease.  Your dentist will work closely with us to make sure that your teeth stay clean and healthy while wearing braces.

If I Have Braces, Do I Still Need Dental Checkups Every Six Months?

Yes!  In fact, it’s even more important that patients receiving orthodontic treatment visit their dentist regularly.  We work closely with your dentist to be sure we are working as a team to ensure your best result.

Will Braces Interfere with School activities such as playing a musical instrument or singing?

Playing an instrument or a contact sport like football may require some adjustment when you first get your braces, but wearing braces will not stop you from participating in any of your school activities.  If you play a contact sport, it is recommended that you wear a mouthguard to protect your braces or appliance.  We provide them to you during orthodontic care.   Just ask us.

How Do I Schedule My First Appointment?

Call us – or submit an appointment request online!  Our caring front desk staff will be happy to help schedule your first appointment at your convenience. We can’t wait to see you!