1. Do I need a referral from my dentist?
No. Most of our patients are referred by friends and some of them by their family dentists.
2. What is the right age to first visit an orthodontist?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends children visit an orthodontist by the age of 7 for an initial checkup. Future issues can be avoided if an evaluation is done at this age.
3. Is there an age limit for getting the treatment?
When it comes to straightening teeth, age doesn’t matter.
4. Is it possible for my teeth to straighten on their own as they grow?
Crowding can get worse with time since the back teeth sometimes shift forward. Jaw growth also slows down as time passes so it’s important to get treated at an optimal time thus avoiding the need for surgery.
5. Do I need to extract teeth for braces?
Removing teeth is not usually necessary if the treatment begins early enough.
6. What are the signs that orthodontic treatment is required?
The orthodontist will evaluate your tooth position and bite. Spaced, crowded, and worn-down teeth, as well as thumb-sucking habits are commonly seen in patients who can benefit from orthodontic treatment.
7. How do you explain the working of orthodontic treatment?
Invisalign and the braces create light pressure which gradually moves the teeth into their proper positions.
8. Do braces hurt?
Getting braces on does not hurt but they may start feeling uncomfortable after 8 hours or so. This might last 1-4 days. Over-the-counter pain medication and eating softer foods helps.
9. How long to complete the treatment?
This depends on the needs of the patient. Most of the cases take 12 to 30 months but our average is 22 months.
10. How often do I need to see the orthodontist once treatment starts?
Most patients see us every 6 to 10 weeks, depending on their particular case. We can adjust the appointments accordingly and always try to work with your schedule.
11. How much time is each appointment?
The appointment usually takes 20-30 minutes. The initial exam takes about an hour. The appointments to place and remove the braces on may take about 1.5 hours each.
12. Should I visit my family dentist while wearing braces?
Yes. Oral hygiene should be maintained during this time and professional care at your general dentist is very important.
13. Will this be a problem while playing sports?
No. Don’t worry. You can play anything you want but just make sure you use a mouth guard if you participate in contact sports.
14. Is there any problem kissing someone with the braces? Will we get locked?
No. Kiss away!