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Frequently Asked Orthodontic Questions
What are braces?
If I get braces, how long do I have to wear them?
Do braces hurt?
How can I take care of my teeth if I’m wearing braces
or a retainer?
Do I need to brush my teeth more often if I have braces?
If I have braces, do I still need dental checkups
every six months?
Will my braces interfere with my school activities like sports, playing an instrument, or singing?
How much to braces cost?
What is the best age to visit the orthodontist?
Braces are used by your orthodontist to help you improve the look and feel of your smile. There are several different types of braces to choose from, including:
• Self-ligating braces
• Clear (ceramic) braces
• Lingual braces
• Invisible braces
• Traditional metal braces
The amount of time spent in braces will vary, depending on the individual patient, because every smile responds differently to treatment. Treatment times usually range between six to 30 months with an average of approximately 18 months to complete comprehensive orthodontic treatment.
Braces do not hurt at all when they are applied to the teeth. There may be mild to moderate soreness or discomfort after the orthodontic wire is engaged in the braces/brackets which usually lasts a few days to a week after the braces are placed and after a wire adjustment. Over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen can be used to ease the discomfort associated with the orthodontic tooth movement. Your lips and cheeks will also need a few days or weeks to adjust to the new braces.
• ALWAYS remember to brush your teeth after every meal and floss at least once a day.
• Make sure to use toothpaste that contains fluoride, and ask your orthodontist or family dentist if you need a fluoride rinse. This will help prevent cavities!
• If you take out your retainer to eat, make sure you brush your teeth, floss, and remember to keep your retainer safe in its container so it does not get lost or broken.
• Keep your retainer clean, too, by cleaning it with a mild liquid hand or dish soap and cool water. Do not put your retainer in boiling water or in the dishwasher.
• During your treatment, try to avoid foods with a lot of sugar, which increases the amount of bacteria that grows in your mouth, causing more plaque and potential cavities.
• Avoid sticky and chewy foods (caramel, chewing gum, gummy bears), hard foods (hard candy, nuts, ice cubes), or any foods that could possibly get stuck in your braces (corn on the cob, soft bagels, ribs, taffy, etc.).
• Be sure to schedule your routine checkups with your family dentist. It is recommended that you continue to visit the dentist at least every six months.
With braces, you should brush your teeth at least three times a day to keep your teeth, gums, and mouth healthy and clean. Brushing regularly will help remove any food that may be caught between the braces.
You should also floss daily to get in between your braces where your brush isn’t able to reach. We will show you how to brush and floss properly once your braces are placed.
Yes! In fact, it’s even more important that patients receiving orthodontic treatment visit their dentist regularly. With braces, food may be caught in places that your toothbrush can’t reach. This causes bacteria to build up that can lead to cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease. Your dentist will work closely with your orthodontist to make sure your teeth stay clean and healthy while wearing braces.
Playing an instrument or a contact sport may require some adjustment when you get your braces, but wearing braces will not stop you from participating in any of your school activities. If you play a contact sport, it is recommended you wear a mouthguard to protect your braces or appliance.
While it is important to keep in mind the lifetime value that orthodontics offers, we realize you may have questions regarding the costs. Cost, of course, depends on the nature of the problem. Many orthodontic problems may only require limited treatment.
If Dr. Razavi determines the need for orthodontic treatment, we will review fees to include payment plans to help meet individual financial needs. In addition, many dental insurance plans include orthodontic benefits. We are able to provide you with all necessary forms for submission to insurance if you do have private dental insurance coverage.
If you want to improve the look and feel of your smile, then any age can be a great time to see the orthodontist. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children first visit an orthodontist by the age of 7; however, orthodontic treatment is not exclusive to children and teens. Of the thousands of Canadians currently in orthodontic treatment, more than one of every four is over 21. Whether you’re considering treatment for yourself or for a child, any time is a good time to visit the orthodontist.