At what age should I have an orthodontic screening?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic screening at age 7 years.
How long will the treatments last?
Treatment time depends on the severity of the orthodontic problem. In general it takes between 12 to 30 months with an average time of 22 months.
How much will it cost for my braces?
It is hard to give an exact cost for treatment until consultation and examination are done. This will be discussed during your first visit. We will discuss all the options available to you like Insurance coverage, no down payment with credit approval and down payment with monthly installment.
How often will I have appointments?
This is done according to each patient’s needs. Most patients will be seen every 4-8 weeks. If your treatment requires frequent monitoring, we will schedule accordingly.
Do braces hurt?
Generally, braces do not “hurt”. But teeth may become sore after certain visits. In these cases pain medication like Tylenol and Advil will ease the discomfort.
Are there foods I cannot eat while on braces?
Yes. Once in treatment we will explain and give detailed information on the list of foods to avoid. Some of which include: ice, hard candy, raw vegetable and sticky foods (i.e. caramel and taffy). Emergencies due to broken or damaged braces can be avoided by following our instructions.
How should I brush my teeth while on braces?
You should brush at least 4 times daily. Brush at any opportunity- after each meal and before going to bed. We will show you how to floss your teeth with braces on and may prescribe fluoride rinse if necessary.
What is an orthodontic emergency?
Any situation that causes you serious discomfort is considered an emergency. However, most of these can be addressed over the phone. If you require to come into the office we advise that you call our office so we can set aside time for your visit.
Is it late if I am an adult to get braces?
Heck no, if you want to improve your health, happiness and self-esteem, orthodontic treatment might help. No patient is “too old” to get braces.
Contact our Winchester pediatric dental office for more information.