Frequently Asked Questions
What do orthodontists do?
Why should I (or my loved ones) get orthodontic treatment?
When should orthodontic treatment be started?
How can I recognize a potential bite problem?
Does getting braces hurt? What about wearing them?
How long will treatment take?
How often will I come in for an appointment?
Will I need to have any teeth extracted?
Will I have to watch what I eat?
Will I be able to play sports/ play my instrument?
Do I still need to see my regular dentist while I'm getting orthodontic treatment?
Will I wear a retainer when my braces come off?
Is orthodontic care very expensive?
At first, having orthodontic treatment may take a little getting used to. It isn’t uncommon to experience a bit of soreness when appliances are first put on, or some minor aches as teeth begin moving into new positions. Yet it’s comforting to know that genuine orthodontic emergencies are rare.
If you think you may have an emergency, however, the first step is to determine the severity of the problem: Is it an urgent situation that requires immediate attention, or a minor problem that you can take care of yourself, temporarily, until you can come into our office?
- Trauma or injury to the teeth, face or mouth
- Infection or swelling of the gums, mouth or face
- Severe, unmanageable discomfort or pain in these areas
- As the teeth start to move, the wire that connects them (archwire) may begin poking near the back of the mouth or irritating the cheeks. You can try moving the wire into a better position with a pencil eraser or a Q-Tip. Often, you can also use tweezers to gently move a misplaced wire or a tie that’s causing problems.
- When wires or brackets cause irritation, covering the metal parts with wax will often help ease the discomfort. As with any of these types of problems, call our office and we’ll schedule a time to see you.
Tuesday: 8:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m
Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m
One Saturday per month