Answers About Braces & Orthodontics
Do you have any questions about braces and orthodontic treatment? Read here for more information about orthodontic braces.
Do I need to see my General Dentist while in braces?Open or Close
Yes, regular checkups and cleaning appointments are very important. We will instruct you as to how often this will be necessary. We will be happy to coordinate your appointments with your dental office in order to have arch wires removed. This helps your hygienist to be able to do a thorough cleaning. Normally, you will need to have your teeth cleaned every 6 months.
Can I have all my appointments after school?Open or Close
Unfortunately, we can not schedule all appointments for students after school hours. However, because most appointments are scheduled every eight to 10 weeks apart, most patients will miss very minimal school due to their orthodontic treatments. We will, however, make a sincere effort to meet your scheduling needs.
The doctor and staff of Feldman Orthodontics, put a high value on time; both yours and ours. We pride ourselves in our ability to run the office in a timely and efficient manner and with your help we can continue to achieve this goal.
We schedule longer appointments during school hours and shorter appointments before and after school. This allows us to accommodate as many patients as possible for the extremely popular prime time appointments.
At what age should I schedule an appointment for an orthodontic screening?Open or Close
The American Association of Orthodontics recommends an orthodontic screening at age 7. By this age, several permanent teeth in most children have erupted, allowing us to effectively evaluate your orthodontic condition.
Are retainers necessary and how long will I have to wear them?Open or Close
A retainer is a device which you will wear full time for the initial four days after brace removal then to night time wear. Retainers are designed to prevent your teeth from drifting or moving while the bone around your teeth harden and stabilize. Retainers should be worn for 8 weeks full time and then to night time wear. After one year your retainers can be worn 3-5 times a week. The more you wear your retainers the longer your teeth will stay straight.
Can I still play sports?Open or Close
YES!We offer mouthguards for any sport. However, we recommend that you should not purchase any non-custom mouthguards, you can either allow us to fit one for you OR we will provide and fabricate one at your next appointment. The reason is: because the teeth are moving with your braces on and we do not want anything that is too form fitting around your braces which may prevent or slow down your progress.
Are there foods I cannot eat while I have braces?Open or Close
Yes, once treatment begins, we will explain the complete instructions and provide a comprehensive list regarding foods to avoid. Some of those foods include: ice, hard candy, popcorn, and all sticky foods (ie: gum, taffy,and caramel). Many emergency appointments can be avoided to repair damaged braces or appliances by carefully following our instructions.
How often will I have appointments?Open or Close
Appointments are scheduled according to each patients needs. Most patients in braces will be seen every 8 to 10 weeks. If there are specific situations that require more frequent monitoring, we will schedule appointments accordingly.
What is Phase One (Early) Treatment?Open or Close
Phase One treatment, if necessary, is usually initiated on children between the ages of 7 and 10. Phase One treatment is to develop both the upper and lower jaws sufficiently to allow the eruption of the permanent teeth. So often early treatment can prevent situations from becoming more severe, which can improve the self-esteem and self-image of the young patient.