A: We’ll explain this in detail at your initial consultation so you’ll feel comfortable about the braces procedure. Most patients are extremely relieved to hear there are no needles and the process is painless. Getting your braces put on takes about 45 minutes to an hour. First, we polish your teeth and then brush on a solution to prime them for the adhesive. Then, we apply the adhesive and attach the brackets to each tooth. Lastly, we thread the archwire through and secure it in place with elastics. After we give you instructions for caring for your braces, you’ll be on your merry way!
A: The braces removal process is also pain-free and straight forward. We use special tools to remove the brackets and wires and then we polish and clean your pearly whites so they sparkle. We’ll give you a high five for making it through treatment and let you check out your beautiful new smile.
A: Never! We’ve been seeing more and more adults at our practice over the years. In fact, 25% percent of all orthodontic patients are adults. Braces are a great choice for anyone looking to align their bite and straighten their teeth. We even have esthetic options including clear braces and Invisalign that tend to work well for grown-ups. Health and happiness are vitally important to adults and orthodontic treatment can increase your self-esteem at any age!
A: The cost of your braces treatment will depend on a number of factors including the complexity of your case, how long you’ll need to wear them, how well you follow our instructions and take care of your braces and the type of braces you choose. We’ll go over the price at your consultation and work with you to find an option that suits your budget and needs.
A: Your overall treatment time will depend on your specific orthodontic problem(s). In general, treatment duration ranges from 12 to 30 months. The “average” time a patient wears braces is approximately 22 months.
A: Appointments are scheduled according to each patient’s needs. Most patients wearing braces are seen every five to 10 weeks. If a specific situation requires more frequent monitoring, we’ll adjust the schedule to ensure the best results.
A: Braces don’t generally “hurt” and you should never feel severe pain. After certain appointments, your teeth may be sensitive for a few days. In these instances, over-the-counter pain medications, like Advil or Tylenol, will ease the discomfort. However, after most visits, patients aren’t sore at all. We often remind our patients, “It doesn’t have to hurt to work!”
A: Yes, you can play on! We recommend that patients wear mouthguards while playing sports. Musicians may experience a brief adjustment period until they’re totally comfortable playing with braces.
A: Yup. Regular check-ups with your general dentist are important while you’re wearing braces. Your dentist will determine the intervals between cleaning appointments throughout your orthodontic treatment.
A: Patients should brush their teeth at least four times each day – after each meal and before going to bed. We’ll show you how to properly brush and floss with braces and we may prescribe a special fluoride treatment, if necessary.
A: Yes. Once you kick off treatment, we’ll give you complete instructions and a comprehensive list of foods to avoid. Basically, you’ll just want to stay away from really hard or sticky foods (e.g., taffy, caramel, nuts) and eat sugary treats and beverages in moderation.