Here you will be able to find answers to some of the most often asked questions.
What is Orthodontics?
What is an orthodontist?
Who should wear braces?
How long will my orthodontic treatment last?
What kind of braces are available?
How much do braces cost?
Do braces hurt?
Will braces affect playing sports?
Why are retainers so important?
Where can I learn more?
Q: What is an orthodontist?
A: An orthodontist is a dentist who has attended a specialty education program for a continual training period of 2-3 years. All members of the American Association of Orthodontists have received the appropriate training.
Q: Who should wear braces?
A: Braces are worn by both children and adults, not only to improve the attractiveness of your smile, but also because braces correct improper alignment of teeth that can lead to gum disease and early tooth loss. Properly aligned teeth also make it easier to chew all types of food and eliminate the headaches and pain caused by uneven chewing.
Q: How long will my orthodontic treatment last?
A: We expect your treatment to last from 18 to 30 months, though this will vary depending on your individual case. Your cooperation in keeping scheduled orthodontic appointments, maintaining proper hygiene, and taking care of your braces may allow us to finish your orthodontic treatment early.
Q: What kind of braces are available?
A: In the past, there was only one type of braces available, and it wasn’t designed for looks. Modern technology gives you choices for braces, including traditional stainless steel braces, clear ceramic braces, and the latest in orthodontic technology, Invisalign. For more information on Invisalign, please check their website, at http://www.invisalign.com/.
Q: How much do braces cost?
A: Orthodontic fees depend on the complexity of the case, the age of the patient, the type of appliances used, and the estimated length of treatment. Since every case is different, a visit to our office for a complimentary examination will allow us to give you an idea of the fee.
Q: Do braces hurt?
A: There have been some fantastic advances in the way we do things now in orthodontics to make treatment more comfortable for our patients. These include smaller, smoother brackets, and gentler wires which provide a continuous small force over a long period of time rather than a strong force for only a short period. Typically there is some discomfort two to three days after each adjustment that over-the-counter pain relievers can take care of.
Q: Will braces affect playing sports?
A: You should be able to play just about any sport or activity. Although we do highly recommend wearing a mouth guard in contact sports or any sport where there is a chance you can get hit in the face.
Q: Why are retainers so important?
A: Retainers help to retain your teeth in the proper position at the completion of treatment. If they are not worn as instructed, your teeth will move, or tend to relapse. Retainers are EXTREMELY important right after the braces are removed while the teeth stabilize.
Q: Where can I learn more?
A: You can contact us, we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
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