FAQ

  • Why should you choose an orthodontic specialist?

    • Teeth, and sometimes entire facial structures, are permanently changes by orthodontic treatment.  It is important that the treatment be appropriate and properly completed.  Orthodontic specialists have extensive and specialized training that enables them to provide their patients with professional and personalized treatments.

  • What will happen and what will I learn from the initial examination appointment?

    • At your first visit Dr. Roy will complete a thorough clinical exam.  We will also address the basics of orthodontic treatment with you.  There are 5 essential questions we will cover during the initial examination

  • At what age should I schedule an appointment for an orthodontic screening?

    • The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic screening at age 7.  By this age, several permanent teeth in most children have erupted allowing us to effectively evaluate your orthodontic condition.

  • Do braces hurt?

    • Generally, braces do not “hurt”.  After certain visits, teeth may be sore for a few days.  In these situations, medication such as Advil or Tylenol will ease the discomfort.  However, after most visits, patients do not feel any soreness at all!  We often remind our patients, “it does not have to hurt to work!”

  • How often will I have appointments?

    • Appointments are scheduled according to each patient’s needs.  Most patients in braces will been seen every 6 to 10 weeks.  If there is a specific situation that requires more frequent monitoring, we will schedule appointments accordingly.

  • Is it too late to have braces if I’m already an adult?

    • A surprising percentage of our patients are adults.  In fact, 40 percent of all orthodontic patients are adults.  Health, happiness, and self esteem are vitally important to adults.  No patient is “too old” to wear braces!

  • Is it required that my family dentist schedule my appointment with the orthodontist?

    • No, it is not.  Many of our patients are referred by their family dentist, yet many other patients take the initiative to schedule an examination themselves.

  • Will my teeth straighten out as they grow?

    • No, they will not.  The space available for the front teeth does not increase as you grow.  In most people, after the permanent molars erupt, the space for the front teeth decreases with age.

  • How do I schedule an appointment for an initial exam?

    • Simply call our office.  We will be happy to schedule an appointment for you.  When you call to schedule your appointment, our front desk staff will request some basic information from you.

  • Will I need to have teeth extracted for braces?

    • Removing teeth is sometimes required to achieve the orthodontic result.  Straight teeth and balanced facial profile are the goal of orthodontics.  However, new technology has provided advanced orthodontic procedures, removing teeth is not always necessary for orthodontic treatment.

  • How long will it take to complete treatment?

    • Treatment time obviously depends on each patient’s specific orthodontic problem.  In general, treatment time lasts from 8 to 30 months.  The “average” time frame a person is in braces is approximately 18-24 months.

  • How much will braces cost?  Are financing options available?

    • It is impossible to give an exact cost of the treatment until we have examined you.  We will cover the exact cost and financial options during the follow up consultation after orthodontic diagnostic records have been taken.  We have several financial options available to accommodate your needs, and we will review these with you.

  • Can I schedule all of my appointments after school?

    • Unfortunately, we cannot schedule appointments for students during after-school hours.  However, because most appointments are scheduled 6-10 weeks apart, it is inevitable that student will miss school due to their orthodontic treatment.  We will, however, make a sincere effort to meet your scheduling needs.

  • Can I drop my child off for an appointment?

    • Yes. We understand your busy schedule and we are happy to make the most of your time.  On some occasions, we may request to speak with a parent when they return, so we ask that parents check in with clinical assistant before dropping off their child.

  • Can I return to school the day I receive my braces?

    • Yes. There is no reason you cannot return to school the same day.

  • Do you give shots?

    • No.  Shots are not necessary in orthodontic treatment.

  • Do you use recycled braces?

    • Absolutely not!  It is our belief that each patient should be provided with their own braces to achieve the best orthodontic result possible.

  • Can I still play sports?

    • Yes.  We recommend a mouth guard for all sports.

  • Do I need to see my family dentist while in braces?

    • Yes!  Regular checkups with your family dentist are important while in braces.  Your family dentist will determine the intervals between cleaning appointments while you are in braces.

  • Are there foods I cannot eat while I have braces?

    • Yes.  Once treatment begins, we will explain the complete instructions and provide a comprehensive list of foods to avoid.  Some of these foods include: ice, hard candy, raw vegetables, and all sticky foods (i.e. caramel and taffy).  Also, please avoid sugary soft drinks.  You can avoid most emergency appointments to repair broken or damaged braces by carefully following our instructions.

  • How often should I brush my teeth while in braces?

    • Patients should brush their teeth at least 4 times a day, after each meal and before going to bed.  We will show each patient how to floss their teeth with braces.

  • What is an emergency appointment?  How are those handled?

    • If your braces are causing extreme pain or if something breaks, you should call our office.  In most cases, we can address these issues over the phone.  If you require an emergency appointment, we will set aside time for you in the morning to repair.

  • Can orthodontic correction occur while child has baby teeth?

    • Yes.  Some orthodontic problems are significant enough to require early intervention.  However, if a patient is not yet ready for treatment, we will follow the patient’s growth and development until the time is right for treatment to begin.

  • What is Phase One (early) treatment?

    • Phase One treatment, if necessary, is usually initiated in children between the ages of 6 and 12.  Phase One treatment usually lasts about 6-12 months.  The primary objective for Phase One treatment is to address significant problems to prevent them from becoming more severe.

  • Will my child need full braces if he/she has Phase One treatment?

    • It is best to assume that your child will need full braces after Phase One treatment.  The period after Phase One treatment is called the “resting period”, during which growth and tooth eruption are closely monitored.  Throughout this period, parent and patients will be kept informed of future treatment recommendations.

  • Will my child need an expander?

    • At the completion of the initial examination, we will determine if the patient will need an expander.

  • Can I wear braces even though I have crowns and missing teeth?

    • Yes.  A tooth with a crown will move like a tooth with a simple filling.  When teeth are missing, orthodontic treatment will aid in the alignment of the remaining teeth.