Frequently Asked Orthodontic Questions – Milton, MA
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It’s normal to have concerns about your child’s dental development, which is why we often receive so many questions from parents. Here, we have collected several of the most common questions that patients bring to us along with answers that will help you stay informed about the treatment you’re getting as well as what you can expect from orthodontic care in general. Don’t forget to call our office if you have any further concerns that aren’t listed here.
When is the best time for an orthodontic exam?
The best time for an orthodontic exam is after most of the baby teeth have fallen out; at that point, it’ll be easier identify underlying issues so that they can be treated. For this reason, we recommend bringing your child to our office around their seventh birthday so that we can give them a thorough examination.
Will I need to get a retainer?
Yes, a retainer is typically required after most orthodontic treatments to stop the teeth from shifting again. A removable retainer is worn for at least 12 months, and it will stay in your mouth for a minimum of 23 hours a day; you can only take it out for meals or for oral care purposes.
Are traditional braces my only option?
Traditional metal braces might be the most well-known orthodontic treatment, but they’re far from the only choice! Adults and teens that are concerned about appearances can get removable Invisalign aligners or discreet clear/ceramic braces. You can also consider self-ligating braces as a more comfortable treatment that requires fewer visits.
What’s the best way to finance orthodontic care?
Milton Orthodontics accepts many different financing options, but the best one will always depend on your situation. Dental insurance and Medicaid both reduce the amount that you must pay out of your own pocket, but for those without them we can offer third-party financing through CareCredit.
Will it hurt to get braces?
When it comes to the actual process of attaching braces to the teeth, you can expect little to no discomfort. That said, soreness and aches usually occur within a few days of placement as well as after a tightening treatment. This is completely normal and will pass quickly; during that time, you can control the pain with medication. It might also help if you only eat soft foods during this time.
How long will the treatment take?
The exact length of your treatment will vary depending on the service you use and the severity of your issues; some cases are completed in as little as six months while others can take as many as 30.
Do I still need regular dental appointments?
The regular examinations and cleanings you receive from your general dentist are vital for maintaining a healthy smile, and this is especially true while you’re wearing braces. Tooth decay and gum disease can complicate your care, but you can avoid them with good oral hygiene. We’ll work directly alongside your dentist to protect your oral health.