Frequently Asked Questions
You have questions – we have answers. We want you to have the info you need to give you the best experience before, during and after your braces, for the best smile! We’re just getting started here to give you the answers you’re looking for. Just let us know if you have a further question for us – we’ll get to it with a short note or a video. Email us or text Us.
WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE AN ORTHODONTIC SPECIALIST?
An orthodontist is a specialist in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities – crooked teeth and crooked jaws. All orthodontists are dentists, but only about six percent of dentists are orthodontists. An orthodontic specialist has spent at least two more years studying only orthodontics, following their four years at dental school.
IS A REFERRAL FROM MY FAMILY DENTIST REQUIRED TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT FOR AN ORTHODONTIC CONSULTATION?
No it is not. Many of our patients are referred by their family dentist, but most are referred by family and friends.
HOW DO I SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT FOR AN INITIAL CONSULTATION?
IS IT TOO LATE TO HAVE BRACES IF I AM ALREADY AN ADULT?
More and more adults today are seeking the benefits of a beautiful, healthy smile. In our practice 30% of all orthodontic patients are over the age of 21. Health, happiness and self-esteem are vitally important at any age. It’s never too late!
WHAT WILL I LEARN FROM THE INITIAL CONSULTATION?
There are five essential questions that the doctor will answer during the consultation:
What are your orthodontic concerns?
What are your orthodontic problems?
What must be done to correct your orthodontic concerns and problems?
How long will treatment take to complete?
How much will treatment cost?
HOW LONG WILL MY TREATMENT TAKE TO COMPLETE?
Treatment time depends on each patient’s specific orthodontic needs. A minor correction could take 4-6 months, whereas a more involved correction could take 24-30 months.
HOW OFTEN WILL I HAVE APPOINTMENTS?
Appointments are scheduled according to each patient’s needs. We utilize the latest orthodontic technology: Most patients are seen every 6-8 weeks.
DO I CONTINUE TO SEE MY FAMILY DENTIST WHILE IN BRACES?
Yes! We recommend seeing your family dentist at least every 6 months for a thorough cleaning and examination while undergoing orthodontic treatment.
DO BRACES HURT?
ARE THERE FOODS I CANNOT EAT WHILE I HAVE BRACES?
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I BRUSH MY TEETH WHILE IN BRACES?
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME FOR BRACES?
WILL I NEED TO HAVE TEETH TAKEN OUT?
WHAT'S IT LIKE TO GET MY BRACES ON?
HOW CAN I MAKE MY BRACES GO FASTER?
WHAT ABOUT PLAYING SPORTS WITH BRACES?
WHAT ABOUT WISDOM TEETH AND BRACES?