Frequently Asked Questions

Will my teeth straighten out as they grow?

No, they will not. Unfortunately, as teeth grow they take up more jaw space and as permanent molars erupt, most people find that the space available for the front teeth decreases in age.

How long will it take to complete treatment?

Treatments times vary depending on every individual needs and compliance. However, treatment times range from 8 to 30 months, with the average patient in braces being approximately 18-24 months.

How much will braces cost? Are financing options available? How does my insurance work?

Costs vary depending on each patient’s needs so it’s impossible to give an exact cost for treatment until we have given you a thorough orthodontic examination. Not only do we have financing options available, but we will also review your insurance benefits to minimize any unnecessary expenses.

How often will I have appointments?

After the first initial appointments, and the orthodontic appliances are put into place, regular adjustment appointments are needed to guide movement and on average, these are scheduled between every 4-8 weeks depending on each case.

Can I return to school the day I receive my braces?

Yes, there is no reason to miss school upon getting your braces on.

Can I still play sports?

Yes! Of course it’s recommended that you wear a mouth guard for all sports.

Do I still need to see my pediatric dentist while in braces?

Yes! Our pediatric team will still monitor your teeth as usual.

Are there foods I cannot eat while I have braces?

Yes, and we will be giving you a hand out upon getting your braces on that explains 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?

Ideally, patients should brush their teeth 3 to 4 times a day. Once after each meal and once before bed. Upon getting your braces on, our registered dental assistants will go over proper hygiene. If hygiene becomes a problem, our assistants will be happy to schedule you a free hygiene clinic to go over cleaning in depth.

Can orthodontic correction occur while a child has baby teeth?

Yes. 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 to initiate treatment.

What is Phase One (early) Treatment?

Phase one is also known as early interceptive treatment that is primarily done before all permanent teeth have erupted and mostly occurs between the ages of 6 and 10.

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

It is safe to assume your child will need full braces after completing Phase One treatment. The so-called “resting period” after completion of Phase One is when growth and tooth eruption are closely monitored while patients and their parents will be informed of future treatment recommendations.

Why should I choose an orthodontic specialist?

Orthodontic specialists have extensive training which prepares them to treat all types of cases. In fact, orthodontists attend a full-time residency program for 2-3 years after completion of dental school, in addition to spending countless hours under the supervision of experienced orthodontists.