Frequently Asked Questions

 

Is it required that my family dentist refer me for an examination?
No, it is not.  Many of our patients are referred by their family dentist, yet other patients take the initiative to schedule an examination based on their own concerns.
 
At what age should I schedule an appointment for an orthodontic consultation?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends check ups no later than age 7. 
 
Why should you 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 treatment.
 
Will I need to have teeth extracted for braces?
Removing teeth is sometimes required to achieve the best orthodontic result.  Straight teeth and a balanced facial profile are the goal of orthodontics.  However, because new technology has provided advanced orthodontic procedures, removing teeth is not always necessary for the majority of our patients.
 
How long will it take to complete treatment?
Treatment time obviously depends on each patient's specific orthodontics problem.  In general, treatment times range from 12-30 months.  The "average" time frame a person is in braces is approximately 22 months.
 
How often will I have appointments?
Appointments are scheduled according to each patient's needs.  Most patients in braces will be seen every six weeks.  If there are specific situations that require more frequent monitoring, we will schedule appointments accordingly.
 
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.
 
Can I return to school the day I receive my braces?
Yes.  There is not reason to miss school because of an orthodontic appointment.
 
Can I still play sports?
Yes.  We recommend a mouthguard for all sports.
 
Do I need to see my family dentist while in braces?
Yes.  Regular check ups with your family dentist are important while in braces.  Your family dentist will determine the intervals between cleaning appointments while you are in braces.
 
Can orthodontics correction occur while a child has baby teeth?
Yes.  Some orthodontic problems are significant enough to require early intervention.  However, if a patient is not ready for treatment, we will follow that patient's growth and development until the time is right for treatment to begin.
 
Will my teeth straighten out as they grow in?
It is unusual for orthodontic problems to correct themselves with future growth.  At your examination, the doctor will be able to tell you how growth will affect specific conditions.  The space available for the front teeth decreases with age.
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