Here at Crawford Orthodontic Care, we are dedicated to the overall health of your teeth. We also want to save you time and money while ensuring that you have a smile you can be proud to show off.
Here are some frequently asked questions (FAQs) about orthodontics:
What is the best age to visit an orthodontist?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children have their first visit when they are seven. At this age, back molars begin to form and establish the back bite. Visiting at this age allows the orthodontist to monitor their mouths as they grow, so treatment can be started as soon as a problem is noticed.
Still, no matter how old you are, if you are wanting to improve your smile, you should see an orthodontist. About one in every five patients is an adult. If you are unhappy with your bite, now is the right time to request an appointment with an orthodontist.
What types of braces can I get?
There are several different options for braces that will get you the confidence-instilling smile you’re looking for. Before we decide what you need, we will do a thorough examination of your oral health. We may also do x-rays to further evaluate your situation. Once we have all of the necessary information, we can help you decide which type of braces would work best for your lifestyle.
We offer clear, ceramic, lingual, self-ligating, invisible, and classic metal braces.
How long will I have to wear them?
Since every mouth is different, the time required changes from person to person. It depends on what your mouth needs, what type of braces we choose, and how your mouth responds over the course of treatment.
Typically, treatment takes around twenty-two months, though some people can reach their results within six months, while others take up to thirty months.
How can I take care of my teeth if I am wearing braces or a retainer?
It is important to brush and floss your teeth twice daily, especially while wearing braces or other orthodontic equipment. Braces and retainers can be a hotbed for bacteria growth. When brushing, you should use a toothpaste containing fluoride to help prevent cavities.
If you wear a retainer, it is important to take care of it by keeping it clean and protected. Whenever you remove it, place it into its container to ensure it doesn’t break. You should brush your retainer regularly and gently. If it seems really dirty, you can soak it in denture cleaner. Never put it in boiling water or run it through the dishwasher.
When you are being treated with braces or other orthodontic equipment, you should avoid foods with lots of sugar since it increases the amount of bacteria in your mouth. More bacteria increases the likelihood of developing cavities. It is wise to avoid sticky, chewy, and hard foods, as these may get stuck in your braces.
While you are being treated, it is recommended to continue to visit your regular dentist every six months to keep your mouth and gums healthy.
Do braces hurt?
Braces are not supposed to be painful, though you may experience some discomfort while you are getting used to wearing them. You may also have some discomfort after an adjustment, as your teeth are making minor adjustments to straighten out over time.
Do I need to brush my teeth more often when I am wearing braces?
It is important to brush your teeth at least three times a day to keep your mouth healthy and clean, and to make sure that you get out any food that is stuck in your braces.
We recommend flossing your teeth every day, taking special care of areas where your toothbrush can’t reach. We will show you the correct way to brush and floss your teeth while you are wearing braces.
If I have braces, do I still need to have regular dental checkups every six months?
Yes! You should continue to visit your regular dentist every six months. Braces are good at hiding food where your toothbrush can’t reach which can lead to bacteria, cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease. Your regular dentist will work with your orthodontist to ensure that you have a healthy mouth.
Will my braces interfere with my school activities like sports, playing an instrument, or singing?
You may notice an adjustment period while you get used to wearing braces, but they won’t stop you from enjoying the life you led before you had them. The only thing that we recommend is that you wear a mouthguard if you are going to play a contact sport.
How do I schedule my next appointment?
Give us a call to request an appointment. We will be happy to help you find a convenient time to come into our office. If you are a new client, welcome! Just let us know that you are being referred to us as a new client, and we will be happy to help you with everything that you need to know.
For more information or to request an appointment, contact us today at (770) 447-5311.