Frequently asked questions
How long will my orthodontic treatment take?
The time frame varies from patient to patient, based on numerous factors. The length can run anywhere between 12-36 months, depending on the severity of the case. Your doctor will give you an estimated timeline at your initial consultation.
Will my braces require teeth to be removed?
This is on a case-by-case basis. There are times when the mouth is overcrowded, and so the dentist removes some teeth so that the rest may straighten. Fortunately, modern day treatments have advanced to a point that extraction is not always necessary.
How often will I need to schedule appointments?
Appointments vary for each patient. Typically, those with braces will come in every 5-10 weeks for check-ups and tightenings. Your doctor will confirm the necessary frequency of your visits.
Am I required to be present for my child’s appointment?
Unless your doctor specifically requests your presence during an appointment, you are free to drop off your child after they have been signed in. Just check in with your child’s patient manager prior to the appointment, in case the doctor wishes to speak with you afterwards.
Should I still visit my dentist during orthodontic treatment?
Absolutely! Regardless of the type of treatment, regular check-ups are necessary to keep your teeth in good health. Connect with your family dentist to confirm the intervals between cleanings during treatment.
Do I need to brush my teeth more with braces?
Yes, at least four times a day. Food particles can easily be caught in the brackets and wires, so each meal must be followed by brushing. Your dentist will go over how to floss and brush after the implementation of the braces.
Can adults get braces?
Of course. Many more adults these days are seeking out orthodontic treatment. According to recent statistics, ¼ of orthodontic patients are adults.
Will I need to stop playing sports?
Not at all. If you choose a removable course of treatment, such as Invisalign, you merely need to take out your aligners during practices and games. For those with non-removable treatments, like braces, wear a mouthguard and you will be fine.
What foods do I need to avoid while in braces?
While braces are sturdy, eating the wrong food has the potential to damage or break them. Avoid foods like hard candy, sticky items, raw vegetables, and ice. Your orthodontist will provide a complete list of what you need to look out for.
Will my braces hurt?
While your teeth may feel a bit sore after check-ups, braces themselves are not painful. The soreness after check-ups recedes fairly quickly. Basic pain medication is more than enough to alleviate any discomfort.