Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I visit an orthodontist instead of a dentist for braces?
ABO-certified orthodontists are experts in dental alignment and facial form and undergo extensive and specialized training and can provide patients with the appropriate personalized treatments.
When should my child have his first orthodontic screening?
According to the American Association of Orthodontics, children should have their first orthodontic screening at age 7 when several of their permanent teeth have developed.
Will my teeth get straighter as I get older?
No. In fact, they may become even more crooked as the teeth develop and push against one another.
How old is “too old” to get braces?
You are never too old for braces. Actually, one-fourth of all orthodontic patients are adults. As long as your teeth are healthy and intact, orthodontic treatment is an option!
Can I drop my child off for their orthodontic appointment?
In most cases, yes! Just check in with your child’s patient manager before leaving. We know your time is important. So, while we make adjustments to your child’s dental braces, you can run errands or do whatever you need to do in the meantime. When you return, we may need to speak with you about your child’s progress or treatment plan.
Will braces stop me from playing sports or playing an instrument?
Patients who play sports should wear a mouthguard during games and practice to avoid serious injury to their teeth, lips, and mouth. Playing an instrument may require an adjustment period, but braces will not stop you from either of these activities.
Should I still visit my general dentist during my orthodontic treatment?
Regular dental check-ups and cleanings are a must and can be more necessary during orthodontic treatment. Some patients may even need to visit the dentist more frequently.
Do I need to brush my teeth more often with braces?
We recommend that patients with dental braces brush at least four times a day—after each meal and before going to bed. Flossing is also a must! We will show you how to do that during your initial appointment.
What foods should I avoid while I have orthodontic braces?
Hard, crunchy, and chewy foods can damage braces. Avoid eating things like ice, hard candy, raw vegetables, caramel, and taffy. We’ll provide you with a comprehensive list of foods to avoid so you don’t have to visit our office for repairs (due to food choices) during your treatment.