Orthodontics FAQs - All Star Orthodontics

Orthodontics FAQs

This is a specialized form of dentistry that focuses on diagnosing your unique issue, prevention, and treatment of any dental and facial abnormalities.

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children first visit an orthodontist around the age of 7.

Orthodontic treatment is not exclusive to children and teens, one in every five orthodontic patients being over the age of 21. We maintain that any age is a great time to visit the orthodontist.

  • Brush your teeth after every meal and floss at least once a day.
  • Use toothpaste that contains fluoride, and ask your orthodontist or family dentist if you need a fluoride rinse. This will help prevent cavities!
  • Avoid sticky and chewy foods (caramel, chewing gum, gummy bears), hard foods (hard candy, nuts, ice cubes), or any foods that could possibly get stuck in your braces (corn on the cob, soft bagels, ribs, taffy, etc.).
  • If you take out your retainer to eat, make sure you brush your teeth, floss, and remember to keep it safe in its container so that it does not get lost or broken.
  • Keep your retainer clean by brushing it gently with a toothbrush and toothpaste. You may also soak it in denture cleaner as instructed by your orthodontist. Do not put your retainer in boiling water or in the dishwasher.
  • During your treatment, try to avoid foods with a lot of sugar, which increases the amount of bacteria that grows in your mouth, causing more plaque and possibly cavities.
  • Be sure to schedule your routine checkups with your family dentist. It is recommended that you continue to visit the dentist every six months.
  • Traditional Metal Braces: The most commonly worn braces, made from high-grade stainless steel. In recent years, metal braces have advanced to be more sleek and comfortable than ever before.
  • Radiance Braces: Nearly invisible, clear brackets made out of a crystal of heat-polished pure sapphire. They are stain-resistant, comfortable, these are a great alternative to metal and ceramic braces.
  • Invisalign and Invisalign Teen: Invisalign uses a series of removable, comfortable, clear aligners that gradually move your teeth into the proper position.

The most important part of your treatment is you, if you remain diligent in making your appointments and following our recommendations you will be out of them in no time. Of course every person responds differently to treatment, on average treatment duration ranges from 6 to thirty months. On average a patient will have to wear their braces for about twenty – two month.

Braces do not often hurt though you may feel a small amount of discomfort for a couple days as your teeth, gums, cheeks, and mouth get used to your new braces.

Brushing your teeth three times a day is important to keep your gums, teeth, and mouth healthy and clean. By brushing frequently you will remove any food that may be caught between the braces. Don’t fret, your orthodontist will show you how to properly brush and floss once your braces are placed.

Playing an instrument or a contact sport may require some adjustment when you first get your braces, but wearing braces will not stop you from participating in any of your school activities. If you play a contact sport, it is recommended that you wear a mouthguard to protect your braces or appliance.

Simply call our offices! Our front desk staff will be happy to help schedule your next appointment at your convenience.