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Braces and Orthopedic FAQ's

Braces

Q: How often do I have to come in for adjustments?
A: Visits are generally on a monthly basis and range from 15-30 minutes each.

Q: What is an emergency appointment?
A: If your braces are causing extreme pain, or if something breaks, you should call and make an appointment. In most cases we can address these issues over the telephone. If you require an emergency appointment we will set aside time for you.

Q: How long does treatment take with braces?
A: The length of time you need to wear braces will depend on the severity of your problem and your treatment plan. Treatment times in general range from 6 to 30 months.

Q: Can I do anything to get my braces off sooner?
A: Yes, actually there is. If you wear your rubber bands and follow instructions always, you might be able to cut a couple months off your braces time. It’s in your hands, or your mouth.

Q: Do braces hurt?
A: No. Immediately after an adjustment there may be some discomfort, or a feeling that "my teeth feel tight". This is normal and thankfully, short lived. Most patients say they only feel a little discomfort for the first few days. For the majority of your treatment, there will be NO discomfort.

Q: How often should I brush and floss?
A: You should brush and floss at least twice daily.

Q: If I kiss someone with braces, will our braces get stuck together?
A: Probably not, but consider it a calculated risk.

Jaw Orthopedics

Q: How often do I have to come in for adjustments?
A: Visits are generally on a monthly basis and range from 15-30 minutes each.

Q: Can I schedule all of my appointments after school?
A: Unfortunately, we cannot schedule all appointments for students during after-school hours. Because most appointments are scheduled well in advance, you will miss a minimal amount of school. We will make a sincere effort to meet your scheduling needs.

Q: What if I miss an appointment?
A: Each missed appointment potentially delays your treatment. Your dentist has estimated your treatment time based on you keeping your appointments.

Q: What is an emergency appointment?
A: If your appliance is causing extreme pain, or if something breaks, you should call our office. In most cases, we can address these issues over the telephone. If you require an emergency appointment, we will set aside a time for you.

Q: Can I do anything to get my appliance removed sooner?
A: Yes, actually there is. If you wear your appliance to eat and talk you will reduce your treatment time. Eating one meal with your appliance equals 24 hours of wear time.

Q: Is an appliance just like a retainer?
A: No. You will have an appliance during active treatment when things are changing and your dentist may make you a retainer afterward to hold things in place.

Q: Do you use needles?
A: No. Needles are not necessary during orthopedic treatment.

Q: Do appliances hurt?
A: No. Immediate after an adjustment there may be a some discomfort, or a feeling that "my teeth feel tight". This is normal and, thankfully, short lived. Most patients say they only feel a little discomfort for the first few days. For the majority of your treatment, there will be NO discomfort. Should your parents feel it is needed, pain medications such as Advil or Tylenol will aid in reducing the initial discomfort.

Q: Do I still need regular checkups and cleanings?
A: Yes! This is vital while in treatment.

Q: How often should I brush and floss?
A: You should brush and floss at least twice daily.

Q: Are there any foods I can’t eat?
A: Yes. Avoid hard and sticky foods as well as sugary snacks and drinks.

Q: Can I still play a musical instrument?
A: Some wind instruments may pose a problem if the appliance is fixed. If this is your situation, you dentist may design you a removable appliance…Removable appliances should be removed while playing your instrument.

Q: Can I still play sports?
A: Yes. If the sport you are participating in recommends a mouth guard, YOU NEED ONE. Removable appliances must not be worn while participating in active sports. Store it in the appliance case provided by your dentist.

Q: Is there anything I can do if my appliance is rubbing my lips and cheeks?
A: Yes, simply apply some of the orthodontic wax provided by your dentist to the involved area. This will make the area smooth so your tissues can heal.

Source: D.O.C.S. Dynamic Orthodontic Consulting Services Ltd.
 


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