Braces Q&A

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Frequently Asked Questions About Orthodontics

What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a field of dentistry that specializes in aligning the teeth and jaws to improve bite, oral health, and aesthetics.

What is an orthodontist?

An orthodontist is a dentist who has undergone additional training in orthodontics. They are experts in managing tooth movement and guiding facial development.

Best Age to Visit an Orthodontist?

You can visit an orthodontist at any age to improve your smile. The American Association of Orthodontists suggests first visits around age seven. Orthodontic treatment isn’t limited to children and teens; one in five patients is over 21.

Care for Teeth with Braces or Retainers?

  • Brush after every meal and floss daily.
  • Use fluoride toothpaste and possibly a fluoride rinse.
  • Clean retainers with a toothbrush and toothpaste; soak in denture cleaner as advised.
  • Avoid sugary, sticky, chewy, and hard foods.
  • Continue regular dentist checkups every six months..

What are braces?

Braces, used to enhance your smile, come in various types:

  • Clear braces
  • Lingual braces
  • Invisible braces
  • Traditional metal braces

Braces Duration?

Treatment duration varies, ranging from six to 30 months, typically around 22 months.

Do braces hurt?

Braces generally cause minimal discomfort, mainly when getting used to them.

Increased Brushing with Braces?

Yes, brush at least three times a day and floss daily. Your orthodontist will guide you on proper brushing and flossing techniques.

Regular Dental Checkups with Braces?

Absolutely! Regular checkups are crucial for maintaining oral health during orthodontic treatment.

Braces and School Activities?

Braces won’t hinder school activities like sports, playing instruments, or singing. A mouthguard is recommended for contact sports.

Scheduling Your Next Appointment

Contact our practice to schedule your next appointment. Inform us if you’re a new patient or were referred, and we’ll provide all necessary information.


Regular dental and orthodontic care are key to maintaining a healthy, beautiful smile.