Frequently Asked Questions
When patients first decide that they want to pursue orthodontic treatment, they typically have a lot of questions, which is understandable! Our team is here to help you through the process and make sure that you are well-informed every step of the way. Below are some frequently asked questions that we commonly hear. If you have any additional questions for us, please feel free to contact our office for assistance!
Do braces hurt?
It’s not uncommon for patients to experience some soreness and discomfort for the first few days of wearing braces or clear aligners. That just means that they are working! Over time, your teeth should become accustomed to being moved and adjusted.
What foods should I avoid while wearing braces?
Very sticky or crunchy foods like taffy, caramel, nuts, and popcorn should be avoided while wearing braces so that you do not damage your brackets or wires. Things like apples and carrots can be eaten as long as they are cut up and chewed with the back teeth.
Do I really need to take my clear aligners out before eating and drinking?
Clear aligners are not designed to withstand the force of a patient’s bite and can become damaged. Clear aligners are also designed to be clear and discreet, which means even a small amount of food or dark-colored drinks can stain them and make them appear more noticeable.
What should I do if I break a bracket or damage an aligner?
You should give our office a call and describe the problem so we can get a better understanding of what’s going on and find room in our schedule for you to visit our office. These are relatively common situations, and our team will be happy to assist you.
How long will I need to wear braces?
The length of your orthodontic treatment will depend on a variety of factors, and our team can give you a general estimate during your consultation. Wearing clear aligners regularly and following additional instructions will help to keep your treatment plan on track.
Do I have to wear my retainer?
Yes! Patients who do not regularly wear their retainers may notice that their teeth do not look as straight as they used to, and eventually, the retainer may no longer fit properly. If you are concerned about wearing it often enough, a permanent retainer may be a better option.
What is the best age to receive orthodontic treatment?
People often believe that adolescence and the teen years are the best time for orthodontic treatment. However, there really is no wrong time to begin wearing braces or clear aligners, especially if you have always wanted to have a straighter smile!