We've compiled and answered some of the most frequently asked questions we receive. Of course, you're always welcome to contact us for more information.
What can I eat with braces?
Eating with braces can be a little tricky. For the first few days or so, stick to soft foods like pasta, soups, soft fruits, and steamed or mashed vegetables. Smoothies also are a great option. For the duration, you'll want to make sure you're protecting your braces and brackets, which aren't meant to withstand hard, crunchy, tough or sticky foods.
Do Braces Hurt?
When you get your braces on, you may feel general soreness in your mouth, and your teeth may be tender to biting pressures for three to five days. The lips, cheeks and tongue may also become irritated for one to two weeks as they toughen and become accustomed to the surface of the braces. We provide a start up kit which includes hygiene tools and wax for relief of minor irritation. OTC mouth rinses are available to help soothe irritation. If the tenderness is severe, take whatever you normally take for headache or similar pain. More severe reactions may require a return visit to assess needs for more proactive treatment.
What's the best age to start treament?
Orthodontic treatment can be started at any age. Many orthodontic problems are easier to correct if detected at an early age. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child first visit an orthodontist by age seven or earlier if a problem is detected by parents, the family dentist, or the child’s physician.
How Much do Braces cost?
It is impossible to give an exact cost for treatment until we have examined you. We will cover the exact cost and financial options during the initial examination. We have many financing options available to accommodate your needs, and we will review these with you. We will also review your insurance policy and help to maximize your benefit and file your claims.
How Long will I need to wear braces?
Treatment time obviously depends on each patient’s individual orthodontic needs. In general, treatment times range from 12-30 months. The “average” time frame a person wears braces is approximately 18-24 months.
Can I still play sports?
If you play contact sports, ask our office for a mouthguard to protect your appliances. If you are involved in any type of accident during athletic activity, check your appliances and your mouth immediately. If the appliances appear damaged or the teeth loosened, call the office to make an appointment with us right away.
Do you offer alternatives to traditional braces?
Yes, ceramic or tooth colored brackets, titanium brackets for nickel sensitive patients, and clear aligner therapy with Invisalign®. Everyone’s mouth is different, and during your initial evaluation, we will discuss what options are right for you.