Frequently Asked Questions


Not every patient understands what orthodontic treatment entails. Check out some of the questions we commonly get


General Orthodontics Question

Because best treatment results require excellent cooperation, we try to make treatment as comfortable as possible and pay particular attention to the personal needs of you and your family. Here are some of the most common questions we receive about orthodontic care.

How long will I need to wear braces?

The length of treatment depends on the severity of the problem that requires correction, growth of the individual patient and the level of patient cooperation. The average full braces treatment time is twenty months and as short as under a year, but treatment time may be longer than estimated if growth is different than expected or patient cooperation is less than ideal.

How much will it cost?

If treatment is required, the cost will depend on the severity of the problem and the treatment method. Costs & payment options will be explained. We take insurance and our interest-free payment plans allow you to spread your payments to make treatment more affordable.

Why will I need to wear a retainer?

Once your active treatment is completed and your teeth are well aligned, we want to keep them that way. During adult life our faces continue to grow, but at a slower rate, and your teeth will continue to move. We therefore recommend long term retention of some sort to most individuals. Fixed retainers are an efficient and comfortable way to maintain alignment for most patients.

How often will I need my braces adjusted?

Adjustment appointments are scheduled according to individual patient needs and the stage of their treatment. Modern super elastic arch wires allow adjustments to be spread at longer intervals with two monthly appointments being common. More frequent adjustments may create greater discomfort with no improvement in the treatment time.

Will I need teeth removed?

Modern techniques in orthodontics have drastically reduced the number of teeth that require removal for treatment. In some cases, however, the most healthy, the best possible result may require the removal of teeth. This decision will only be made after careful analysis and discussions with you of all the possible alternatives.

How can I shorten my treatment time?

age of fixing smileKeeping your appointments and being punctual.

age of fixing smileTaking good care of your appliance to prevent breakages.

age of fixing smileWearing your elastics and appliances as prescribed.

age of fixing smileKeeping your teeth and braces clean.

Flexible Payments

We are happy to work with you to devise a plan that suits your financial situation and payment options.

No Hidden Fees

We offer discrete treatment with price transparency. We are dedicated to creating beautiful and healthy smiles.

Insurance Accepted

We accept insurance to keep things simple for you!

Braces In General

Below are some of the most common braces FAQs. If you’ve got a question we have not answered, feel free to call our office. Our staff is happy to help and answer any questions you may have.

What can you eat with braces?

A good rule of thumb when it comes to braces is that you can eat any food that is soft. It’s also a good idea to cut your food up into small pieces so that you avoid damaging your braces by biting through big chunks of food.

How long do you wear a retainer after braces?

Retainers help stabilize your teeth after braces – and retain their new alignment. It’s recommended that you wear your retainer full time for anywhere from 4-12 months following the removal of your braces. After that time, you will need to wear it at night in definitely.

Why do braces hurt?

The feeling of pressure can be a little uncomfortable for some patients at first. This sensation is due to the light, constant forces that are applied to the teeth to allow them to move into that new and straighter position!

Some rubbing of the braces on the cheeks may lead to initial discomfort, but eventually the tissues adjust to the presence of the braces.

Can adults get braces?

The short answer is yes. We treat both children and adults for braces. Adults can explore either metal braces of invisalign. Again, we offer a free initial consultation to help you plan your smile goals.


Invisalign in General

Invisalign retainers are used to straighten misaligned teeth in children, teens and adults. They are less cumbersome than traditional metal braces and can be used to correct many of the same issues. We offer a FREE ORTHODONTIC CONSULTATION to adults and children who are looking to get their teeth straightened.

How Will Invisalign Impact My Daily Life?

Most patients find that they barely notice the aligners once they get used to them. You may remove them to eat and follow your oral hygiene plan. You will probably find the aligners barely impact your day-to-day life. In fact, that is one of the reasons so many patients prefer Invisalign.

How do I brush and care for my teeth?

You brush and floss as normal after removing the aligner. You will want to take special care to remove all food debris from your teeth after each meal before putting your aligners back in your mouth. Also, you will need to keep the aligners clean.

What Do I do if My Aligner is damaged?

Contact us immediately for guidance. Your care provider will tell you what to do in your situation. It is essential that you stay as consistent as possible with your treatment plan. For more Invisalign FAQ, you can contact us anytime.

Is Invisalign Ideal for Everyone?

No medical or dental treatment is ideal or appropriate for everyone. This is why it is essential that you see an orthodontist for a thorough examination and to determine whether you would benefit from Invisalign.

How long will Invisalign treatment take?

This is like asking how long a piece of string is. The answer varies depending on the level of misalignment and how well you follow the treatment plan. Many patients see the results they seek within a year.

What happens if you wear your aligners only at night?

If you invest in Invisalign or any other dental treatment, always follow your care provider’s instructions. In the case of Invisalign, patients who only wear their aligners at night won’t get the desired results. It takes at least 20-22 hours each day to effectively guide the teeth into their desired position.

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