FAQs


Why are braces a good idea?

Braces result in a beautiful and healthy smile. Teeth that are not straight are harder to clean, which can lead to breakdown of your teeth. Braces are highly recommended to proudly display your smile, and keep your teeth as healthy as possible

 

 

When should I get braces?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children be seen by an orthodontist at around age 7.  Some problems can be prevented or improved at this stage of development and may  need to receive treatment earlier. This is called Phase I treatment. The adolescent period (around 11-15 years old) is the ideal time to get braces, because that is when the permanent dentition has completed development and  the child is still growing which can help if the position of the jaws needs to be modified. However, braces aren't just for children! Today, many adults are getting braces also.  It's a short amount of time for wonderfully lasting results.  Adults may wear traditional metal braces, clear ceramic braces or may also qualify for Invisalign treatment.

 

 

 

Is there maintenance with braces?

Yes, it is important to maintain your oral hygiene by brushing and flossing well when you have braces.  Neglecting your oral hygiene when you are wearing braces can lead to staining of your teeth, cavities, swelling of your gums or even bone loss.

 

 

How long will I have to wear braces? 

Each case is different and all depends on the difficulty of your case.  The average time and adolescent wears braces is about 2 years. Contact our office to set  up a consult appointment to find out about your case!

 

 

Are there different types of braces?

Yes!

 

Metal Braces: The most common types of braces, made from stainless steel.

 

Ceramic Braces: A more fragile form of braces that is more esthetic. 

 

Invisalign:  A series of clear tray aligners that you wear over time to straighten your teeth. 

 

 

How much will braces cost?

Again, this is case dependent.  Contact our office to schedule an orthodontic consultation appointment to get more information.

 

 

What foods do I have to avoid with braces?

There are a lot of foods that are important to avoid when  wearing braces to prevent breakage of your brackets and cavities on your teeth. Anything that is hard, gummy, or makes a crunch when you bite into it, should not be eaten with braces.

 

 

Are retainers optional?

No, retainers are for life! You should wear them to sleep every night for as long as you want to keep your teeth straight. 

 

 

What are some common problems?

While wearing braces a patient experience a few of these issues:

  • Loose bracket
  • Lost elastic or wire tie
  • Rotated archwire
  • Poking wire tie
  • Poking archwire
  • Accidents involving the teeth
  • Lost or broken retainer
  • Soreness from braces
  • Headgear or appliance does not fit