FAQs

Will the Braces Hurt?

It doesn’t hurt to have braces put on. However, teeth may be tender for a few days afterwards. Discomfort may be eased with pain relievers like Advil (best for teeth) or Tylenol. Generally, after routine adjustment visits, most patients do not feel any discomfort at all.

Can I return to school the day I have my braces put on?

Yes. No need to miss a school after the braces treatment.

Are there shots for treatment?

No. Giving shots is not necessary in an orthodontic treatment.

Do you use recycled braces for patients?

Not at all! We believe that each patient must be provided with their own braces to achieve best orthodontic results.

Will i still be able to play sports?

Yes, we only recommend the use of a mouth guard for all sports.

Should I still visit my family dentist?

Definitely! Routine checkups with your family dentist are necessary when in braces. A family dentist can guide on the intervals between your cleaning appointments when you are in braces.

Is there any specific foods that I should not eat when I have braces?

Yes. When the treatment begins, you will be given complete instructions and we will provide you with a detailed list of food items to avoid. The list would include; hard candy, ice, raw vegetables and all sticky foods. You can avoid most of the emergency appointments for a repair of broken or damaged braces simply by following instructions given to you by our office.

How often do I brush my teeth?

In braces, you should brush teeth at least four times in a day – that includes before going to bed and after each meal. We can tell you how to floss teeth properly with braces and if necessary, can also give you a prescription for a special fluoride.

How do you handle emergency appointments?

Call our office, if your braces cause extreme pain or something breaks. In most cases, these issues are addressed over the telephone. However, if you may require an emergency appointment, time will be set aside for you.

Can an orthodontic correction occur when a child has baby teeth?

Some of the orthodontic problems are important enough and need early intervention. But, when patient is not ready for treatment at a particular time, we can wait for growth and development until the time is suitable to start the treatment.

What is Phase One or early treatment?

This treatment is initiated on children between ages 7 to 10 and lasts for about 12 to 21 months. Phase One treatment is aimed to address serious problems and to prevent them from becoming more critical.

Will my child require full braces if he/she has Phase One treatment?

Your child will need full braces even after having a Phase One treatment. Period after Phase One treatment is termed as ‘resting period’. In this period, tooth eruption and growth is closely monitored. Parents and patients will be kept informed of future treatment recommendations throughout this period.

Will my child need an expander?

After the initial examination, it will be determined whether a patient would require an expander or not.

Is it late for me to have braces if I am an adult?

A high percentage of our patients include adults. Also, 25% of the patients requiring orthodontic treatments are also adults. Happiness, health and self-esteem are very important for adults so no patient can be ‘too old’ for wearing braces.

Is it ok if I wear braces with crowns and missed teeth?

Of course, you can. Your tooth having a crown will move the way a tooth with a filling would move. In case if any of the teeth are missing in between, an orthodontic procedure will help in the placement of the remaining teeth.

Why is it important to choose an orthodontic specialist?

Yes. Sometimes teeth and the entire facial structures, can be permanently changed with an orthodontic procedure. Therefore, it is important that the treatment is thoroughly monitored and properly completed. The orthodontics specialists are trained to offer their patients with high quality, personalized, professional treatment and care.