Fornero Orthodontics would like to answer your questions about orthodontics. Below are FAQ.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is an orthodontist?
An orthodontist is a dental specialist that completed a 2-3 year advanced education program after dental school in order to learn to diagnose, prevent, and treat problems with the alignment of teeth and jaws.
At what age should I see an orthodontist?
The American Dental Association recommends that the first orthodontic visit take place at age 7 (or earlier if a problem is detected by the child’s parents, dentist, or physician). Most children at that age will not require treatment, but there are conditions such as cross-bites, under-bites, overbites, or harmful oral habits that can be best treated at a young age. If a child does not need early treatment, your orthodontist will discuss at what age they should come back.
Do many adults get braces?
Patients of all ages can get braces. Everyone likes a beautiful smile, regardless of their age, and many orthodontic patients today are adults.
How long will I have to wear braces?
It depends of the treatment necessary. Some treatments take as little as 6 months, while others can require several years. The average treatment time for comprehensive treatment is 24 months.
Do braces hurt?
Placing the braces on your teeth does not hurt. However, after the braces are placed you may feel some soreness for two to four days and may prefer soft foods for that period. Your lips and cheeks will need about a week to get used to the braces.
Can I still play sports?
Yes! I definitely recommend wearing a mouthguard while participating in sports.
Can I still play my instrument?
Yes! However, you may have a short period of adjustment while you get used to the braces. Brace covers or wax can be used to help with any initial discomfort.
Do I still see my dentist while I have my braces?
Definitely. Continue to see your dentist for regular cleanings and checkups every six months while in braces.
What foods do I avoid with braces?
For most situations, common sense will tell you what to avoid. Hard foods, sticky foods, and foods high in sugar must be avoided. Hard foods like hard candy or nuts can break wires and brackets. Sticky foods like taffy or caramels can loosen bands and get stuck under wires. Cut down on sugary foods. They can cause decay. Nail biting, pencil and pen chewing or chewing on other non-food items should be avoided.
Will I have to wear rubber bands?
That depends on the individual treatment plan, but elastics are very commonly worn during orthodontic treatment.
Are braces expensive?
The cost of treatment will depend of the complexity of each patient’s treatment. It can also depend on each patient’s goals and desires for treatment. That is why we never charge for the initial examination. At that first appointment, we can give you an idea of what the treatment fees will be so you will know your costs before any treatment is begun. There are always payment plans available for treatment.