Braces FAQ

What People Ask Us The Most

So you have braces…now what? Don’t worry, having braces doesn’t mean you have to change your lifestyle. We have gathered a list of most commonly asked questions to help start your journey.

At What Age Should My Child See an Orthodontist?

When possible, a child should have the first orthodontic exam as early as age seven and, certainly, before the age of nine. Early diagnosis and treatment by a specialist can help guide facial growth and tooth eruption, and prevent more serious problems from developing. Our goal is to reduce treatment time in full braces and to provide the best and most stable results possible.

How much do Braces Cost?

Orthodontic treatment can vary in cost based on factors like length of treatment time and severity of correction.

What Makes the Damon System Different?

Treatment time with the Damon System is typically much faster than with conventional braces. Also, far fewer appointments are required during treatment.

Is Invisalign an Option?

Invisalign is an alternative to braces that consists of clear aligners which facilitate orthodontic movement while remaining virtually invisible

What Should I do if a Band/Bracket is Loose?

A band is a ring that is fitted around a tooth. A loose band can generally be left in place until you are able to schedule a visit at the office. You should call and speak with a team member to schedule a visit at your earliest convenience.
A bracket is the part of the braces that is attached to the teeth using adhesive. A loose bracket can generally be left in place until you are able to schedule a visit at the office. Additionally, comfort wax may be used to hold the bracket in place to avoid irritation. You should call and speak with a team member to schedule a visit at your earliest convenience.

Loose or Pokey Wire?

Occasionally, a loose or pokey wire may present itself during treatment. Don’t be alarmed! If a wire protrudes and is irritating, use a blunt instrument (the back of a spoon or the eraser end of a pencil) and carefully, gently push the irritating wire under the archwire. The main goal is to get it out of the way so it is no longer causing you discomfort. It is also helpful to use wax to place over the pokey wire to avoid further irritation. You should call and speak with a team member to schedule a visit at your earliest convenience.

Do I still need to see my General Dentist?

It is highly important for your oral health to continue to visit your dentist for regularly scheduled visits at a minimum of twice a year.