Frequently Asked Questions
How often will I need to come in for a visit?
This depends on the appliance you choose to have. During your “tightening” visit, we will change your elastics (the wrap around the wire to hold it in place) and may adjust or replace your wire. Your visit intervals may vary but on average if you have:
- Metal or ceramic braces you will be seen every 6-8 weeks
- Lingual braces/ Incognito you will be seen every 4 weeks
- Invisalign or Invisalign teen you will be seen every 6-8 weeks
How long will I need to wear braces?
There are many factors that play a role in your treatment length. We are only able to estimate the length of your treatment, and will give you an estimated timeline during your complimentary initial consultation.
How long do I have to wear my retainers for?
In order to maintain your teeth in their proper position you will need to wear a form of a retainer for life. Our bodies are alive and are in constant movement and so are our teeth, they tend to move forward and inward as we get older. If you have a fixed lingual retainer, this is enough to hold your teeth in place and a night time retainer is not required after the first year. If you choose not to have a fixed lingual placed you will need to wear your retainer 12-22 hours a day for the first 2 months, then 12 hours a day for up to a year. Once the first year has passed, we recommend wearing your retainer 3-5 nights a week.
Will my teeth move after my braces are removed?
Once growth and development has stopped, some maintenance is still required to maintain the orthodontic results. We will help you make an informed decision on the best way for you to keep your orthodontic results. Some choices may include fixed lingual retainers, Essix retainers or a mix of both.
Why should an orthodontic specialist complete my treatment?
Teeth, and sometimes entire facial structures, are permanently changed by orthodontic treatment. It is important that the treatment be appropriate and properly completed. Orthodontic specialists have extensive and specialized training that enables them to provide their patients with professional, personalized treatments.
Is it too late to have braces if I’m already an adult?
No patient is "too old" to wear braces! A surprising percentage of our patients are adults. In fact, 25 percent of all orthodontic patients are adults. Health and happiness are vitally important to adults, and orthodontic treatment can increase your self-esteem at any age!
Can I drop my child off for an appointment?
Yes. We understand your schedule is busy, and we are happy to help you make the most of your time. On some occasions, we may request to speak with a parent when they return, so we ask that parents check-in with their patient manager before dropping off their child.
Does wearing braces hurt?
Generally, braces do not "hurt." After certain appointments, your teeth may be sore for a few days. In these situations, over-the-counter pain medications, such as Advil or Tylenol, will ease the discomfort. However, after most visits, patients do not feel any soreness at all! We often remind our patients, “It does not have to hurt to work!”
How often should I brush my teeth while I have braces?
Patients should brush their teeth at least four times each day – after each meal and before going to bed. We will also show you how to floss your teeth with braces, and we may provide a prescription for a special fluoride treatment, if necessary.