Frequently Asked Orthodontic Questions – Rutland, MA
Things to Know Before Your Treatment
Below, we’ve listed some detailed answers to some of the most common questions we’ve received. By reviewing this page, you’ll learn more about orthodontic care in general as well as what you can expect over the course of treatment. With this knowledge, you should be able to make good decisions that will have you or your child smiling for many years to come.
When should I bring my child in for an orthodontic exam?
Normally we recommend having an examination performed around your child’s seventh birthday. For most children, the majority of the baby teeth should be gone at this point, and it will be easier to identify potential development issues and treat them in the earliest stages with specific services collectively known as pediatric orthodontics. In general, it will be much easier to address orthodontic problems while your child’s jaw and bone tissue are still growing.
Will I need to wear a retainer after braces?
Yes, you should always expect to wear a retainer once your braces are removed. This appliance will stop the teeth from moving back to their original position and undoing all that work. Early on, you will need to wear the retainer for at least 23 hours every day; it should only be removed for meals and oral hygiene purposes. Eventually, you will only need to wear it to bed.
Do I have options for straightening teeth other than metal braces?
Adults and teenagers who don’t want to spend the next couple of years with highly noticeable metal braces can consider a number of different options. For example, Invisalign aligners are made out of a see-through plastic, and clear/ceramic braces as well as self-ligating braces can be created from transparent materials. Schedule a consultation with us today to learn more about these services!
What’s the best way to finance my orthodontic care?
You have a few different ways to help finance the care you receive at Simply Orthodontics Rutland. We’re happy to accept Medicaid and most major dental insurances (and we’ll gladly file a claim on your behalf to make sure you get all the benefits you’re entitled to), but if these options are not available to you, you can apply for third-party financing via care credit.
Does getting braces hurt?
You can normally expect little to no pain during the actual placement of your braces, but you’ll likely notice some minor soreness and aches for the first few days as well as after each tightening (provided you’re wearing traditional braces). Of course, this kind of discomfort is to be expected and is in fact a sign that the treatment is working.
How long does treatment take?
Some cases are more complex than others, and different appliances have different treatment times. You can generally expect the process to last anywhere from six to 30 months.
Do I still visit my general dentist regularly?
Naturally, you still need to make sure your teeth are well-cared for even while using braces or another orthodontic appliance. In fact, some oral health issues might have a negative impact on orthodontic treatment and should be avoided at all costs. Expect us to work with your general dentist to protect the health of your teeth and gums over the course of treatment.