Braces 101:

- Do braces hurt?

After visits where we do orthodontic adjustments, teeth may be sore for a few days. In these situations, pain medications such as Advil or Tylenol will ease the discomfort. However, after most visits, patients do not feel any soreness at all!


- Can my child return to school the day they receive braces?

Certainly! There is no reason you cannot return to school the same day.


- Do you give injections during orthodontic treatment?

Very rarely and only in certain treatment plans an injection is beneficial to reduce any discomfort in placing mini-anchors in between the teeth. If this treatment option is to be used, you will be thoroughly advised of the steps involved and when the mini-anchors are to be placed. To note, when the mini-anchors are removed, no injections are needed.


- Do you use recycled braces?

Absolutely not! Each patient receives their own braces to achieve the best orthodontic result possible.


- Can someone with braces still play sports?

Yes. We recommend a mouth guard for all sports.


- Do I need to see my family dentist while in braces?

Yes! Regular checkups with your family dentist are important while in braces. Your family dentist will determine the intervals between cleaning appointments while you are in braces.


- Are there foods I cannot eat while I have braces?

Yes. Some of those foods include: ice, hard candy, raw vegetables and all sticky foods (i.e. caramel and taffy). Once treatment begins, we will explain the complete instructions and provide a comprehensive list of foods to avoid. You can avoid most emergency appointments to repair broken or damaged braces by carefully following our instructions.


- How often should I brush my teeth while in braces?

Patients should brush their teeth at least four times each day – after each meal and before going to bed. We will show each patient how to floss their teeth with braces and may also provide a prescription for a special fluoride, if necessary.



Orthodontic Treatment in Early Childhood:

- Can orthodontic correction occur while a child has baby teeth?

Yes, but not in all cases. Some orthodontic problems are significant enough to require early intervention. However, if a patient is not yet ready for treatment, we will follow that patient’s growth and development until the time is right for treatment to begin.


- What is Phase One (Early) Treatment?

This addresses significant orthodontic problems early on, often to prevent these problems impacting self-esteem and self-image. If deemed necessary, this stage is usually initiated with children between the ages of 7 and 10. It usually lasts about 6-18 months.


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

It is best to assume that your child will need full braces even after Phase One treatment. The period following Phase One treatment is called the “resting period,” during which growth and tooth eruption are closely monitored. Throughout this period, parents and patients will be kept informed of future treatment recommendations.


- Will my child need an expander?

At the completion of the initial examination, we will determine whether a patient will need an expander.




Adult Braces:

- Is it too late to have braces if I am already an adult?

A significant percentage of our patients are adults and 25 percent of all orthodontic patients are adults. Health, happiness and self-esteem are vitally important to adults, just as they are for children. No patient is “too old” to wear braces!


- Can I wear braces even though I have crowns and missing teeth?

Yes. A tooth with a crown will move just like a tooth with a simple filling. When teeth are missing, orthodontic treatment will aid in the alignment of the remaining teeth.


- Why should you choose an orthodontic specialist?

Teeth, and sometimes entire facial structures, are permanently changed by orthodontic treatment. Orthodontic specialists have extensive and specialized training that enables them to provide their patients with professional, personalized treatments.