Commonly asked orthodontic questions
What is orthodontics?
Orthodontics (also referred to as dentofacial orthopedics) is a specialized form of dentistry focusing on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial abnormalities.
What is the difference between a dentist and an orthodontist?
Dentists are highly trained doctors with years of education and experience and they focus on keeping your teeth and gums healthy. Orthodontists are trained to correct issues with the structures of your jaws the positioning of your teeth. Orthodontists undergo three additional years of specialized education, training, and residency programs.
What’s the best age to visit the orthodontist?
If you want to improve the look and feel of your smile, then any age can be a great age to see the orthodontist! However, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children first visit an orthodontist around the age of seven.
How can I take care of my teeth if I’m wearing braces or a retainer?
ALWAYS remember to brush your teeth after every meal and floss at least once a day. If you take out your retainer to eat, make sure you brush your teeth and your retainer, floss, and remember to keep it safe in its container so that it does not get lost or broken. See more tips for life with braces.
What are braces?
Braces are used by your orthodontist to help you improve the look and feel of your smile. There are several different types of braces to choose from. Learn more about the types of braces we offer.
If I get braces, how long do I have to wear them?
The amount of time spent in braces will vary depending on the individual patient, because every smile responds differently to treatment. Treatment times can take anywhere between 6 and 30 months.
Do braces hurt?
Braces do not often hurt, although you may feel a small amount of discomfort for a couple days as your teeth, gums, cheeks, and mouth get used to your new braces.
How do I schedule my next appointment?
Simply call our practice! Our front desk staff will be happy to help schedule your next appointment at your convenience. If you are a new patient or have been referred to our practice, please let us know and we will provide you with all the information you need.
Do I need to brush my teeth more often if I have braces?
Ideally we ask our patients to brush after every meal
If I am in orthodontic treatment, do I still need dental check ups every 6 months?
Yes, you should keep visiting your dentist every 6 months during orthodontic treatment .
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