What is the difference between a Dentist and an Orthodontist?
Orthodontics (also referred to as dentofacial orthopedics) is a specialized form of dentistry focusing on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial abnormalities. An orthodontist is a dental specialist who has received two to three years of additional training and experience after dental school. Your orthodontist is able to straighten teeth, correct misaligned jaw structure, and improve the function of your smile.
What are braces?
Braces are appliances made out of metal or ceramic that are used to straighten teeth, improve the appearance of the smile and improve the function of the bite. There are several different types of braces to choose from, including:
- Clear braces
- Ceramic braces
- Gold braces
- Lingual braces
- Self-ligating braces
- Invisalign & SPARK Aligners
- Traditional metal braces
What is Invisalign?
The Invisalign system is the virtually invisible way to straighten your teeth and achieve the smile you've always wanted. Using advanced 3D computer imaging technology, Invisalign depicts your complete treatment plan, from the initial position of your teeth to the final desired position. Then, a series of clear aligners are custom-made for your teeth - and your teeth only - to move them little by little. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks before being replaced by the next in the series until the final position of your teeth is achieved. Your Invisalign treatment time will be determined by your doctor based on your specific needs.
How long do I have to wear braces?
The amount of time you will spend in braces varies depending on your treatment needs. Most treatments will be between 6 and 30 months with the average time being about 20-24 months.
Will my braces be painful?
Braces do not hurt, however, they may make your teeth, gums or cheeks sore for the first day or two following an adjustment. Our team is excellent at communicating ways to alleviate this discomfort and make your time spent in braces as enjoyable as possible. Today's braces are smaller, more comfortable and use technology that reduces the discomfort. We use the latest in technology in order to reduce discomfort and treatment time.
Do I need to change the way I brush my teeth with braces?
Maintaining proper oral hygiene is very important during your treatment. We recommend you brush your teeth three times per day for 2 minutes each time and continue to floss daily. Brushing regularly will help remove any food that may be caught between the braces. You should also use the intraproximal brush to get in between your braces where your brush isn't able to reach. Your orthodontist can show you how to properly brush and floss once your braces are place
Do I still need to see my dentist while I have braces?
Yes, you should still go for routine exams and cleanings every 4-6 months. 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. Our team works very hard to coordinate adjustments around your regular dental visits to accommodate your schedule throughout treatment.
Can I still play sports and musical instruments with braces?
Absolutely! While there may be an adjustment period in getting use to playing sports and instruments with your braces, you can still continue to do so throughout treatment and wearing braces will not stop you from participating in any of your school activities. If you play a contact sport, it is recommended that you wear a mouth guard that is specially designed for braces and orthodontic appliances to prevent their damage and possibly extending your treatment time.
How do I schedule my next appointment?
Simply call our practice! Our front desk team will be happy to help schedule your next appointment at your convenience. If you are a new patient or have been referred to our practice, please let us know, and we will provide you with all of the information you need.