Q. Why should an orthodontic specialist complete my treatment?
A. 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.
Q. At what age should I schedule an appointment for an orthodontic screening?
A. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic screening at age 7. For most children, several permanent teeth have erupted by this age, allowing the orthodontist to effectively evaluate the patient’s orthodontic condition.
Q. Will my teeth straighten out as I grow and get older?
A. No, they will not. The space available for the front teeth does not increase as you grow. In most people, after the permanent molars erupt, the space available for the front teeth decreases with age.
Q. Is it too late to have braces if I’m already an adult?
A. 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!
Q. How long will it take to complete treatment?
A. Overall treatment time depends on each patient's specific orthodontic problem(s). In general, treatment times range from 12 to 30 months. The "average" timespan a patient wears braces is approximately 22 months.
Q. How often will I have an appointment?
A. Appointments are scheduled according to each patient's needs. Most patients in braces will be seen every five to 10 weeks. If there are specific situations that require more frequent monitoring, we will schedule appointments accordingly.
Q. Can I drop my child off for an appointment?
A. 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.
Q. Does wearing braces hurt?
A. 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!”
Q. Can I still play sports or play my instrument while wearing braces?
A. Yes! We recommend that patients wear mouthguards while playing sports. Musicians will likely experience an adjustment period until they are comfortable playing while wearing braces.
Q. Do I need to see my general dentist while wearing braces?
A. Yes! Regular check-ups with your general dentist are important while in braces. Your dentist will determine the intervals between each cleaning appointment while you have your braces.
Q. How often should I brush my teeth while I have braces?
A. 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.
Q. Are there any foods I cannot eat while I have braces?
A. Yes. Once treatment begins, we will explain our complete instructions and provide you with a comprehensive list of foods to avoid. Some of those foods include ice, hard candy, raw vegetables and all sticky foods (i.e. caramel and taffy). You can avoid most repair appointments by carefully following our instructions!
I have Invisalign and I need to get new trays.What should I do?
A. You can slow down the speed of the treatment by wearing each aligner 3-4 weeks rather than 1-2 weeks.If you have reached your last aligner wear it as a retainer at nights only. keep them clean by brushing them with a tooth brush.
I have braces and a wire is poking me. What should I do?
A. Please call us at 1-888-My Orthodontist option 3 or email us at support @ luvmyorthodontist.com and we will walk you through it.
Will my treatment be compromised?
A. Interruption or delays of treatment lasting 6-8 weeks if it happens once will not jeopardize your treatment but it will certainly delay it.We will make every effort to complete your treatment on time when we return.
My appliance came out what should I do?
A. Please wash the appliance and keep it in a sealed plastic bag and bring it with you when we resume opening.
One of my braces is broken what should I do?
A. If the bracket is on the wire and does not bother you just leave it.If it bothering you you can try to remove the tie and remove the bracket.Try not to remove the wire completely as your teeth will shift.
I have a scheduled appointment with you but the message says you are closed?
A. We have closed all of our offices by the mandate of the governor to close all facilities that do not provide essential and urgent care services due to the COVID-19 pandemic .We will reschedule your appointment once the ban is lifted.
How will I know when is my next appointment?
A. Once the offices are allowed to be open we will call all patients who had an appointment and reschedule.
What should I do if I finish my rubber bands?
A. We do not expect the office closures due to COVID -19 take longer than 4-6 weeks. We can resume with your treatment once we return to our offices. Once the state wide restrictions are lifted you can drop by one of our locations and pick up some elastics before your appointment.
My child has inflammation of the gums and pain what can I do at this time?
A. Inflammation of the gums is usually caused by inadequate brushing. It is imperative that during this time of closure your child brushes his/her teeth very well and flosses and keep meticulous hygiene. If her/his gums are inflamed and hurt you can purchase some oral saline over the counter at a pharmacy or put a tea spoon of salt in a 8 oz glass of warm water and rinse a few times during the day to reduce inflammation and brush the teeth 3 times a day for 2 minutes each time. If these measures fail to address the issue please contact our support line. to schedule an appointment and we will place them back for you.
My spacers came out, what happens now?
A. That is ok for now and no harm will be caused by the spacer falling out. When we resume opening you can make an