When should I start orthodontic treatment?

We treat patients at any age, however, starting treatment at an earlier age may give you more success with treatment. The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that parents schedule an initial visit for children by age 7. Consider it a regular and necessary check-up for your child’s teeth. Orthodontists can detect major and subtle problems and create a plan to address them at an early age if necessary. This can avoid bigger problems after your child’s growth and development is complete. If all looks good, a lot of kids can wait until they have most of their permanent teeth to start treatment.

Do Braces Hurt?

Typically, the initial placement of braces does not hurt. Some patients may experience pressure or soreness after each visit, but should adjust quickly.

Common Questions Being Asked

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Will I have to change my eating habits?

Yes, there are certain foods you will need to stop eating while you’re in braces. Anything sticky, chewy, hard or crunchy will need to be avoided to prevent breakage. Caramel, gum and taffy are a few examples, but we will also supply you with a list when treatment is started.

Can I play sports or play an instrument while wearing braces?

Yes and yes! You just need to be more cautious. You should always wear a mouthguard when playing any sport to reduce your chances of a mouth injury. As for playing an instrument, you may need to adjust your mouth position a bit to accommodate your new hardware, but you should have no problem getting used to it.

Do I still need to see my family dentist?
Yes, it’s very important to have good oral hygiene when you are receiving orthodontic care. You need professional cleanings every six months (sometimes more) to ensure you are maintaining a healthy environment for your braces. Braces can often increase the risk of cavities and gum disease if not properly taken care of. This is why going to the dentist regularly is so important!

How long

will I have to wear braces?

The length of your treatment depends on your individual needs. Some people need braces for as little as six months, while others have them for 30 months. The average length of treatment in our office is about 24 months.

Will I need to wear a retainer

when my braces come off?

Absolutely! Every patient will be given retainer(s) to wear every night. Without them, your teeth may shift over time, and then all that hard work will have been for nothing! We will help you learn all about your retainer.

How much does treatment cost?

The cost of treatment depends on many factors, including how severe the problem is, the length of treatment, and if any appliances are needed. Our new patient coordinator will be happy to discuss the cost of treatment with you, along with your financing options. Our office works with many insurance companies and offers in-house financing with absolutely no interest!

Any Further Questions?

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