FAQ

  1. At what age should I schedule an appointment for an orthodontic screening?
  2. I see ads in my dentist’s office for straight teeth in a single visit. Is that orthodontic treatment?
  3. Can I schedule all of my appointments after school?
  4. Can I drop my child off for an appointment?
  5. Do braces hurt?
  6. Can I still play sports?
  7. Do I need to see my family dentist while in braces?
  8. Are there foods I cannot eat while I have braces?
  9. How often should I brush my teeth while in braces?
  10. Is it too late to have braces if I am already an adult?
  11. Why should I choose an orthodontic specialist?

1. At what age should I schedule an appointment for an orthodontic screening?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic screening at age 7. By this age, several permanent teeth in most children have erupted, allowing us to effectively evaluate your orthodontic condition.

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2. I see ads in my dentist’s office for straight teeth in a single visit. Is that orthodontic treatment?

No, it is not. Quick-fix solutions such as veneers and caps simply cover misaligned teeth and often require “grinding” of your teeth which removes healthy tooth structure. Orthodontic correction aligns teeth for optimum look and function – for life.

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3. Can I schedule all of my appointments after school?

Unfortunately, we cannot schedule all appointments for students during after-school/work hours. However, because most appointments are scheduled 4 to 6 weeks apart, most patients will miss minimal school/work due to their orthodontic treatments. We will, however, make a sincere effort to meet your scheduling needs to help minimize you or your child missing school/work.

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4. Can I drop my child off for an appointment?

Yes. We understand your busy schedule, and we are happy to help you make the most of your time. On some occasions, we may request to speak with a parent when they return, so we ask that parents check in with their patient manager before dropping off their child.

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5. Do braces hurt?

Generally, braces do not "hurt." After certain visits, teeth may be sore for a few days. In these situations, pain medications such as Advil or Tylenol will ease the discomfort. However, after most visits, patients do not feel any soreness at all! We often remind our patients, “It does not have to hurt to work!”

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6. Can I still play sports?

Yes. We recommend a mouth guard for all sports.

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7. Do I need to see my family dentist while in braces?

Yes! Regular checkups with your family dentist are important while in braces. Your family dentist will determine the intervals between cleaning appointments while you are in braces. Our office recommended 3-6 month intervals depending on oral hygiene.

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8. Are there foods I cannot eat while I have braces?

Yes. Once treatment begins, we will explain the complete instructions and provide a comprehensive list of foods to avoid. Some of those foods include: ice, hard candy, raw vegetables, GUM, and chips that ends in “o” (i.e. Fritos, Doritos, etc.) and all sticky foods (i.e. caramel and taffy). You can avoid most emergency appointments to repair broken or damaged braces by carefully following our instructions.

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9. How often should I brush my teeth while in braces?

Patients should brush their teeth at least four times each day - after each meal and before going to bed. We will show each patient how to floss their teeth with braces and may also provide a prescription for a special fluoride, if necessary.

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10. Is it too late to have braces if I am already an adult?

A surprising percentage of our patients are adults. In fact, 25 percent of all orthodontic patients are adults. Health, happiness and self-esteem are vitally important to adults. No patient is "too old" to wear braces!

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11. Why should I choose an orthodontic specialist?

Teeth, and sometimes entire facial structures, are permanently changed by orthodontic treatment. It is important that the treatment be appropriate and properly completed. Orthodontic specialists have extensive and specialized training that enables them to provide their patients with professional, personalized treatments.

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