Q. Do braces hurt?
The actual placement of braces on your teeth does not hurt. It is normal to feel some soreness or tenderness for a few days after appointments as your mouth adjusts to your new appliances.
Q. How long will I have to wear my braces?
The length of treatment varies case-by-case. Treatment times can range from 6-30 months, but an average case usually lasts 1-2 years. Factors that affect treatment time include case complexity, patient compliance, maintenance of good oral hygiene, and adherence to monthly scheduled appointments.
Q. How do braces work?
Braces apply continuous, gentle pressure to teeth to move them into their ideal positions. The archwires that are held onto the brackets on your teeth are deflected initially. As the archwires return to their initial form, the teeth are moved with them, bringing them into alignment.
Q. When is the right age to begin braces?
There is no exact age to begin orthodontic treatment. We, along with the American Association of Orthodontists, recommend that children see the orthodontist at around age 7 to evaluate if interceptive treatment is needed at this time.
Q. Is it ever too late to have orthodontic treatment?
No. As long as your teeth and gums are healthy, they can be moved at any age. In fact, adults in their 40s, 50s, and beyond are increasingly seeking treatment.
Q. What is Phase I and Phase II treatment?
Some children require treatment at an earlier age when baby teeth are still present. Limited treatment with partial braces around ages 7-10 can help guide your child’s jaw growth, correct crossbites, or create space for crowded teeth in an attempt to prevent extraction of permanent teeth in the future. This Phase I treatment is usually followed by a second phase of treatment after the permanent teeth erupt at around ages 11-13.
Q. Will I still be able to play sports while in braces?
Yes! You can still play sports while you are in braces, but we recommend you wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth.
Q. Can I still play my musical instrument while in braces?
Yes, you can still play your musical instrument. However, there will be a period of adjustment as you adapt to your new appliances.
Q. Can I still have dental cleanings while in braces?
Yes, you should still see your general dentist every 6 months for exams and cleanings.