Appointments are scheduled according to each patient’s treatment needs. Most patients in treatment will be seen every 6-10 weeks. If there are specific situations that require more frequent monitoring, we schedule appointments to get the best possible outcome and the most beautiful smile.
Treatment time depends on each patient’s specific orthodontic concerns. Most of our patients wear their braces for approximately 14-18 months. Treatment time can last as little as 6-9 months for simple cases and up to 36 months for more complex cases.
Our goal is to help you achieve beautiful, straight teeth and a balanced facial profile. In very rare cases, we require permanent tooth extraction. Approximately 95% of our patients are successfully treated without having permanent teeth extracted for orthodontic treatment.
Research shows that teeth typically worsen over time. As we age, teeth tend to shift and erupt leading to orthodontic problems. The good news – once teeth are corrected with treatment, we can hold them in position with the help of fixed or removable retainers.
Patients should brush their teeth at least four times each day – after each meal and before going to bed. We show every patient how to floss their teeth with braces.
Yes, but it’s not forever! Once treatment begins, we will explain which foods and food types to avoid. Some of those foods include: ice, hard candy, broccoli and all sticky candies.Just kidding about the broccoli.
Generally, braces do not hurt. After certain visits, teeth may be sore for a few days. In these situations, pain medications 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 doesn’t have to hurt to work”!
If you have more questions, contact us today and we will be more than happy to answer all of them and walk you through the whole process.