Q. Do braces hurt?
Braces do not hurt, though you may feel discomfort, soreness, or tenderness for a couple days as your teeth, gums, cheeks, and mouth get accustomed.
Q. If I get braces, how long do I have to wear them?
Every smile responds differently to treatment, and every patient has unique issues, so treatment times take anywhere between 6-30 months. Standard cases usually take 18-24 months.
Q. What’s the best age to visit the orthodontist?
If you want to optimize your health while putting dazzle into your smile, you can come see us at any age.
- For parents, don’t wait for your child’s baby teeth to fall out (a popular misconception), we—along with The American Association of Orthodontists—recommend making the first appointment around age 7, when your child still has many baby teeth left. That way, we’ll be able to diagnose and correct any tooth and jaw concerns easier—and without surgery.
- For adults interested for themselves, you’ll feel right at home here. One in every five orthodontic patients is over 21, and at least two out of five of our patients are adults.
Q. Do I need to brush my teeth more often if I have braces?
Brush your teeth at least three times a day to keep your teeth, gums, and mouth healthy and clean, and floss at least once a day. Our staff will show you how.
Q. If I have braces, do I still need dental checkups every six months?
Yes! In fact, it’s even more important for you to visit your dentist to clean those tricky places that your toothbrush can’t reach. We will collaborate with your general dentist in ensuring your teeth stay clean and healthy.
Q. Will my braces interfere with my school activities like sports, playing an instrument, or singing?
Playing instruments or contact sports may require some adjustment—but they won’t stop you from participating. If you play a contact sport, please do wear a mouthguard. We can help you choose one: just ask!
Q: How do I schedule my next appointment?
Just call us! Our front desk staff will be happy to help schedule it at your convenience. If you are a new patient or have been referred to our practice, just let us know. We’ll help you out in any way we can.