Orthodontic FAQs

Orthodontic FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions About Orthodontics

What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics (a.k.a. dentofacial orthopedics) is a subspecialty of dentistry that focuses on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial anomalies.


Orthodontists are dental specialists who have obtained extra training and experience of two to three years. Your orthodontist can straighten your teeth, realign your jaw structure, and enhance the function of your smile.

What's the best age to visit the orthodontist?

A trip to the orthodontist may help you achieve a more attractive smile at any age. One in five orthodontic patients is beyond the age of 21, according to recommendations from the American Association of Orthodontists, which suggests that youngsters first see an orthodontist around the age of seven. Any time is an excellent time to see an orthodontist, whether you’re contemplating treatment for yourself or for your child.

How can I take care of my teeth if I'm wearing braces or a retainer?

  • Floss at least once a day and clean your teeth after every meal, no matter what.
  • Ask your dentist or orthodontist whether you require a fluoride rinse, and use fluoride toothpaste. As a result, you’ll have less tooth decay.
  • If you remove your retainer to eat, be sure to place it back in its container to avoid losing or breaking it.
  • Brushing your retainer carefully with toothpaste and a toothbrush can help keep it clean. Your orthodontist may also urge you to soak it in denture cleanser. Don’t put your retainer in a dishwasher or put it in a hot water bath.
  • During your treatment, avoid meals that are high in sugar, which may lead to a rise in germs in your mouth, resulting in increased plaque and, in the worst-case scenario, cavities.
  • Sticky and chewy foods (such caramel, chewing gum, gummy bears) should be avoided, as should hard foods (such as nuts, ice cubes, and hard candies).
  • Schedule regular appointments with your family dentist. The American Dental Association recommends that you see your dentist every six months.

What are braces?

Your orthodontist will employ braces to help you achieve a more attractive smile. Orthodontic braces come in a variety of forms, such as:

  • Clear braces
  • Ceramic braces
  • Self-ligating braces
  • Traditional metal braces

If I get braces, how long do I have to wear them?

Because each patient’s smile reacts differently to therapy, the length of time spent in braces will vary. Between six and 30 months of therapy are possible, however most conventional regimens last around 22 months.

Do braces hurt?

Braces are not painful, but your teeth, gums, cheeks, and mouth may be sore for the first few days while they become adjusted to the new braces because the metal pieces and other components may irritate them.

Do I need to brush my teeth more often if I have braces?

In order to maintain your teeth, gums, and mouth healthy and clean, you should brush them at least three times a day with braces. In order to eliminate any food that may be lodged between the braces, brushing frequently is essential. Flossing everyday is also recommended to clean in-between your braces, which your toothbrush won’t be able to access. Once your braces are in place, your orthodontist may instruct you how to brush and floss correctly.

If I have braces, do I still need dental checkups every six months?

Yes! In fact, frequent dental visits are even more critical for orthodontic patients. It’s possible that food may become stuck in your braces in locations where your toothbrush can’t get to them. Cavities, gingivitis, and other gum diseases may develop as a result of the germs that accumulate as a result of this. Your dentist and orthodontist will work together to ensure that your teeth remain clean and healthy while wearing braces.

Will my braces interfere with my school activities like sports, playing an instrument, or singing?

The first time you get braces, you might have to make some changes to how you play an instrument or play a contact sport. But wearing braces will not stop you from participating in any of your school activities. It is a good idea to wear a mouthguard if you play a rough game. This will protect your braces or other orthodontic equipment.

How do I schedule my next appointment?

Just give us a ring! To schedule your next appointment, please don’t hesitate to contact our receptionists. In the event that you are new to our practice, we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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