Why get orthodontic care? The answer for most people is to obtain a healthy, beautiful smile. If you’re self-conscious about your smile, correcting your concerns with braces will greatly improve your physical appearance and your personal confidence.
- A beautiful smile improves appearance and promotes dental health.
- Correctly positioned and shaped teeth can make us look younger and
accents our best facial features.
- Straight teeth are easier to clean.
- The TMJ, or jaw joints, function as intended, without pain.
- Teeth are placed in harmony and balance with the face.
- A good smile leads to greater self-esteem.
- Properly fitting teeth put less stress on the tooth supporting structures
where gum disease starts.
- In some cases, correct jaw position can reduce snoring.
Teeth and facial structures are often permanently altered during orthodontic treatment. It is essential that treatment be appropriate and properly conducted. Orthodontists are extensively and specifically trained to provide professional, personalized treatments.
Usually orthodontic treatment is conducted when only a few baby teeth remain. However, there are some problems that are best handled when patients are young. Our office recommends that everyone have an orthodontic evaluation by age 7, though most people will not be ready for treatment for a few more years. We will follow that patient’s growth and development until the time is right to begin treatment, if necessary.
No! Teeth will move at any age. It is never too late to improve a smile.
Please call our office if something has broken or if you’re very uncomfortable. We can address most issues over the phone. If you need to come in to be seen we will set aside time for an office visit.
When wearing braces it is especially important to brush at the gumline, where the gums meet the teeth. Make a special effort to brush above the top braces and below the bottom braces. Please don’t forget to floss! Our office is passionate about encouraging our patients to have excellent oral healthcare habits.
Yes. In general, foods that are hard (like nuts, bread crusts, ice, etc) can break the braces and foods that are sticky (like taffy, caramel, etc) should be avoided, too. When treatment begins we will explain in detail and provide a list of foods that are best enjoyed after the braces come off
Absolutely. It is important to maintain regular check-ups with your dentist. He or she can recommend a regular cleaning schedule for you during orthodontic treatment.
Yes. Usually there is no problem returning to school on the same day you get your braces. Plus, everyone wants to see your new look! 🙂
Putting on your braces or having them adjusted doesn’t “hurt,” but after some appointments your teeth may be sore for a few days. If you like, you can take over-the-counter pain medication as needed.
We understand that life is busy and we want to help you maximize your time. Sometimes we need to speak with a parent after an appointment so we ask parents to please check in with the office manager before dropping off a child.
We will make a sincere effort to meet your scheduling needs but unfortunately we can’t schedule all of your appointments after school. Fortunately, appointments are usually only necessary every 4 to 8 weeks, so most patients will only miss a minimal amount of school.
Everyone is unique, however most appointments are scheduled every 4 to 8 weeks. Some treatments require more frequent monitoring and we would schedule your visits accordingly.
It is impossible to provide a treatment cost until we can determine what appliances will be necessary and how long treatment is likely to last. As part of your consultation we will provide the exact treatment cost, as well as financial options available to you to make sure treatment is affordable. Insurance benefits vary widely. We can help you analyze what is available to you and help you file the correct forms.
Treatment times vary for each individual. Some people only will need treatment for 8 months while others might go as long as 36 months. Most people are in braces for a little over 2 years.
Our goal for our patients is to achieve balanced facial esthetics. Sometimes the proper treatment includes the extraction of teeth. We perform a thorough facial and dental evaluation before making any recommendations to remove teeth.
Feel free to ask any question that you like. In general we will determine if there are problems that should be addressed orthodontically, how long you would need treatment, if you need extractions and how much your treatment would cost.
It usually takes about an hour and a half to put on the braces.
Probably not. For most people, the available space decreases with age.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends screenings at age 7. By that time adult teeth are starting to erupt and we can catch any potential problems early. However, starting treatment that young is the exception, not the rule.
Does my family dentist have to schedule an appointment with the orthodontist or can I make an appointment directly?
Please call our office directly. You can contact us here