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Orthodontic FAQs

When should I visit the orthodontist?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children visit an orthodontist no later than age seven to evaluate the need for early treatment. While we used to wait until all of the baby teeth shed, it is now recommended that an earlier evaluation be done to determine the need for earlier correction that will lead to a more stable result.

What can I expect on my first visit?

Your initial visit to the orthodontist will give you an opportunity to meet the doctor and staff, who will answer any questions you may have. You will receive a complimentary clinical examination and panoramic x-ray to determine whether orthodontic treatment is necessary. If treatment is required, Dr. Scotese will go over a treatment plan as well as an estimate of the treatment duration. Your treatment coordinator will answer any questions you may have concerning insurance, and will go over our flexible payment options. In most cases our patients are given the option to start treatment within 1-2 weeks.

Who should wear braces?

Braces may be worn by both children and adults, not only to improve the attractiveness of their smile, but also because braces correct improper alignment of teeth that can lead to gum disease and early tooth loss. Left untreated, crooked teeth with irregular spacing make cleaning harder and allow cavities to more easily develop. Properly aligned teeth also make it easier to chew all types of food, and contribute to overall health.

How will braces straighten my teeth?

Braces exert a gentle pressure on teeth over time to straighten them. A high-tech computer-designed archwire places gentle pressure on each tooth to move your teeth as the wire tries to return to its original shape.

Are braces uncomfortable?

There have been some fantastic advances in modern orthodontics to make treatment more comfortable and quicker for patients. There are now smaller, smoother braces and gentler wires which provide a continuous light force over a longer period of time rather than a strong force for only a short period. While there is no discomfort when getting your braces put on, typically there is some discomfort for a day or two after wire adjustments. Over-the-counter pain relievers and a soft diet will help alleviate this temporary discomfort.

Will braces affect playing sports?

You should be able to play just about any sport. However, it is recommended that you wear a mouth guard while participating in contact sports like Basketball, Football, Wrestling and Baseball.

Why are retainers so important?

Research has shown that our teeth move throughout life whether you’ve had braces or not. The advantage that people have who have had braces is that they have a retainer that minimizes shifting of teeth. Retainers help keep your teeth straight at the completion of treatment. If retainers are not worn as instructed, your teeth will move and you may have to have your braces put back on. If the retainers are worn as instructed you can expect your teeth to remain as straight as possible. Braces help to improve your self esteem and to put you’re best foot forward. They are a wonderful gift that you’re parents have given to you and we believe that the best “Thank You” you can give to your parents is to commit to keeping your teeth straight by wearing your retainers.

How long will my orthodontic treatment last?

Treatment may typically last from 18 to 24 months, though this will vary depending on your individual case. Your cooperation in keeping scheduled orthodontic appointments, maintaining proper oral hygiene and taking care of your braces may allow you to finish your orthodontic treatment early.

When should I visit the dentist?

You should continue to see your dentist every 6 months or as directed by your dentist during orthodontic treatment for routine dental check ups and cleanings.

How much does orthodontic treatment cost?

Orthodontic fees depend on the complexity of the orthodontic problem, the age of the patient and the estimated length of treatment. Since each patient is different, a visit to the office for a complimentary examination will allow you to get a better idea of the fee. We offer a variety of payment options with low down payments, 0% interest, and affordable monthly payment.

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