A. Absolutely. For both your kids and you, orthodontics will provide a beautiful smile. You’ll also have healthier teeth, gums, and mouth as straight teeth are much easier to keep clean! Let’s not forget heightened self-confidence and comfort!
A. Phase I treatment is an interceptive treatment for young patients. We identify future dentition and create a treatment plan to allow for proper spacing for incoming teeth, discourage poor habits (nail biting, pencil chewing, etc.), and encourage proper bite alignment.
A. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends age 7, but if you suspect an issue, call us earlier! What might lead you to be suspicious? Just two reasons can be parents who have dentition problems and if your child liked/likes to suck their thumb or fingers. But don’t guess … give us a call!
A. Getting braces isn’t painful, however you may experience discomfort for several days as your teeth, gums, and cheeks begin to adjust to treatment. At your appointment, we will give you excellent tips to help you feel more comfortable.
A. Depending on your specific needs, the ortho technique, and compliance (staying away from foods that may break the braces and interrupt treatment), the duration will vary. Braces are typically worn from a year to two years.
A. Food choice is most significantly affected when wearing traditional braces. Avoid gum, hard food, sticky food, apples, carrots, chips, corn on the cob, and hard shells of bread and other similar foods. When you choose Invisalign®, there are no diet restrictions since the clear aligners are removable for eating and home care.
A. Really, braces shouldn’t change your life at all … except for eating. After a short period of adjustment, you won’t have problems playing an instrument or sports. We do encourage our patients to wear a mouthguard for all sports that there is even the smallest risk of contact. Dentist-made mouthguards are definitely your best bet (over store-bought boil-and-bite brands) due to their professional customization to your smile, whether you wear braces or not.
A. You will benefit from stepping up your game. Brush after all meals and snacks and flossing once a day. Food particles and plaque will collect on brackets easily. If you’re ever stuck and can’t brush, be sure to rinse with water after eating and brush as soon as possible.
A. Call us! If braces become loose, if they break, or if you’re in unusual discomfort or pain, call us. If it’s the weekend or after hours, call us (850) 385-2822 and the recording will inform you how to contact the person on call. We’re always here for you!
A. For a loose bracket, you can call the office to determine when an appointment is necessary. If it’s at the front, use wax to hold in place and protect the lip. Call us for a repair so treatment can continue as planned.