Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
When should I schedule the first visit for my child?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that a child should have their first orthodontic evaluation by the age of 7. However, if you notice any potential orthodontic problems before that age, it is recommended to schedule an appointment with an orthodontist.
Won’t my teeth straighten out on their own?
While some minor orthodontic issues can resolve themselves over time, many cases require professional treatment to achieve a healthy, properly aligned smile. It is important to have an evaluation with an orthodontist to determine the best course of action for your specific needs. Delaying treatment can also lead to more complex and costly procedures in the future.
Will I need to have teeth pulled to get braces?
While it is sometimes necessary to extract teeth to achieve a great smile with braces, it is rarely the case for most patients. Our goal is to avoid extraction whenever possible and provide alternative treatment options that will help you achieve a healthy and beautiful smile. During your consultation, we will discuss the best treatment plan for your individual needs and address any concerns you may have about the process.
How long will I have to wear braces?
The duration of orthodontic treatment depends on many factors, including the severity of the case, the type of braces, and how well the patient complies with treatment. On average, most people wear braces for 6 to 36 months, although some cases may take longer or shorter.
How often do I have to come into the office?
The frequency of office visits during orthodontic treatment varies depending on your treatment plan. Generally, patients are seen every 4 to 5 weeks for adjustments and progress checks. However, in some cases, patients may need to be seen more frequently or less frequently, depending on their treatment needs.
Do braces hurt?
It is common to feel some discomfort or soreness for a few days after getting braces or having them adjusted, but the level of pain is generally mild and can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication. As you get used to the braces, any discomfort or soreness typically subsides.
Can I play sports or a musical instrument with braces?
Yes, you can still play sports and musical instruments with braces. However, we recommend wearing a mouthguard to protect your teeth and orthodontic appliances during contact sports or activities. If you play a musical instrument, it may take some time to adjust to playing with braces, but most people find that they can still play as they did before with some practice and patience.
Do I still need to see my dentist while I’m coming to your office?
Absolutely. While we’ll be seeing you regularly during your orthodontic treatment, it’s still important that you see your dentist every six months for a cleaning and check-up. This helps ensure your teeth and gums stay healthy and in top shape. We will work closely with your dentist to coordinate appointments and treatments to ensure you receive the best possible care.
Can I still get braces as an adult?
Absolutely! There is no age limit when it comes to getting a beautiful smile. In fact, more adults are getting braces than ever before. At our office, we offer a variety of orthodontic treatment options that can help straighten your teeth and give you the smile you’ve always wanted, no matter your age. We will work with you to find a treatment plan that fits your lifestyle and helps you achieve your goals.
Can I get braces if I have crowns or missing teeth?
In most cases, patients with crowns or missing teeth can still receive braces. Dr. Larisa will evaluate your case to determine the best course of treatment. In some cases, additional procedures, such as placing an implant or bridge, may be necessary before or during treatment. It's important to discuss your specific situation with your orthodontist to determine the best treatment plan for you.