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Orthodontic FAQ

What is the difference between a Dentist and an Orthodontist?

An orthodontist is a dental specialist who has received two to three years of additional training and experience after dental school.

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.

What is Invisalign?

“Invisalign is the clear alternative to metal braces for adults, kids and teens. These clear aligners are the virtually invisible way to improve your smile.“

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

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.

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. 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.