Skip to main content
Here are some frequently asked questions
At what age should I schedule an appointment for an orthodontic screening? If you want to improve the look and feel of your smile, then any age can be a great age to see the orthodontist. The American Association of Orthodontists
recommends that all children first visit an orthodontist no later than age 7. Whether you’re considering treatment for yourself, or for a child, any time is a good time to visit the orthodontist.
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 available for the front teeth decreases with age.
How do I schedule an appointment for an initial exam? Simply call our office! Our front desk staff will be happy to schedule your next appointment at your convenience. If you are a new patient or have been referred to our practice, please let us know and we will provide you with all of the information you need.
What will happen at the initial examination appointment? You will meet our wonderful staff and Dr.Ting will do a clinical examination to better answer all your concerns.
How much will braces cost? Are financing options available? It is impossible to give an exact cost for treatment until we have examined you and decide how long treatment will last and what appliances will be needed. We will provide exact cost and financial options during the discussion appointment. We have many financing options available to accommodate your needs, and we will review these with you. We will determine what your insurance benefits are for orthodontics and assist in filing claims.
How often will I have appointments? Appointments are scheduled according to each patient’s needs. Most patients in braces will be seen every 6-12 weeks. If there are specific situations that require more frequent monitoring, we will schedule appointments accordingly.
Do braces hurt? Braces in general don’t hurt you might feel a little discomfort the first couple days as your teeth, gums, cheeks, and mouth get used to your new braces.
Can I return to school the day I receive my braces? Yes. There is not reason you can not 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. W e use new sets for each patient.
Will my braces interfere with my school activities like sports, playing an instrument, or singing? Playing an instrument or a contact sport may require some adjustment when you first get your braces, but wearing braces will not stop you from participating in any of your school activities. If you play a contact sport, it is recommended you ear a mouthguard to protect your braces or appliance.
Are there foods I cannot eat while I have braces? Y es. Once treatment begins, we will explain the complete instructions and provide a comprehensive list of foods to avoid. Some of those foods include: ice, hard candy, raw vegetables and all sticky foods (i.e. caramel and taffy). You can avoid most emergency appointments to repair broken or loose bracket by carefully following our instructions.
What is an emergency appointment? How are those handled? If you feel to have any type of orthodontic emergency please give our office a call to be seen ASAP
Can orthodontic correction occur while a child has baby teeth? Yes
What is Phase One (early) Treatment?
Phase One treatment, if necessary, is usually initiated on children between the ages of 7 and 10. Phase One treatment usually lasts about 6-18 months. The primary objective for Phase One treatment is to address significant problems to prevent them from becoming more severe and to improve self-esteem and self-image.
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 even after Phase One treatment. The period following Phase One treatment is called the “resting period,” during which growth and tooth eruption are closely monitored. Throughout this period, parents 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 whether a patient will need an expander.
Is it too late to have braces if I am already an adult? A surprising percentage of our patients are adults. In fact, 25 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!
Can I wear braces even though I have crowns and missing teeth? Yes. A tooth with a crow will move just like a tooth with a simple filling. When teeth are missing, orthodontic treatment will aid in the alignment of the remaining teeth.
Why should you choose an orthodontic specialist? Teeth, and sometimes entire facial structures, are permanently changed 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, personalized treatments.
If I have braces, do I still need dental checkups every six months? YES! In fact, it’s even more important that patients receiving orthodontic treatment visit their dentist regularly. With braces, food may be caught in places that your toothbrush can’t reach. This causes bacteria to build up that can lead to cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease. Your dentist will work closely with your orthodontist to make sure your teeth stay clean and healthy while wearing braces.
Can I schedule all of my appointments after school? Unfortunately, we cannot schedule all appointments for students during after-school hours. However, because most appointments are scheduled 6 to 12 weeks apart, most patients will miss minimal school due to their orthodontic treatments. We will, however, make a sincere effort to meet your scheduling needs.