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Frequently Asked Questions

New Patient Q & A

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What should I expect during a virtual consultation?

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What should I expect during a in-office consultation?

Waterpiks are great products to help wash out food from around brackets. Think of them as small water guns to spray the food off your appliances.  Also proxy brushes are useful for getting food out from behind the wire and are easy to carry with you.  And lastly, flossing is important, and we recommend using orthodontic flossers to help you easily floss under the wires.

How long are the consultation appointments?

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What is the next step after my consultation ?

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Can I start treatment the same day as my consultation?

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Does your office accept insurance?

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DAY 1:
The placement of your braces takes about 1-2 hours.  Your braces will feel a little sharp against your lips and gums.  It may take up to a week for your gums and tongue to get comfortable with your new braces.  It may also take about a week to learn to talk with them properly.  Singing in the car or the shower is a great way to practice!

THE DAY AFTER BRACES:
The day after getting your braces is the WORST!!!  It only gets better from here I PROMISE!!! Your teeth will be sore as the braces slowly begin to move your teeth.  Tylenol or Advil is the best pain-relieving medicine for discomfort caused by the braces, although you may use any pain reliever to which you are accustomed.  Soft foods are recommended for the first couple of days after your braces are placed.  Remember to brush and floss as directed even though your teeth are sore!

THE WEEK AFTER YOU GET YOUR BRACES:
Your teeth should not be as sore as they were initially, and they should start to feel a little loose.  This is an important time for you as a new orthodontic patient.  You must brush, and floss better than ever to keep your teeth and gums clean.  It is essential to establish good brushing habits early!  Remember, clean teeth look better and move faster than teeth with plaque and decay. 

THE MONTH AFTER YOU GET YOUR BRACES:
You should notice minor movements and spaces beginning to appear between some of your teeth!  This is to be expected.  Your good brushing and flossing habits should be in full force and you should be getting ready for your first regular check-up.  Good luck and please do not hesitate to call with any questions or concerns!!

A careful orthodontic patient can eat almost any food without damaging his or her braces.  However, there are three types of food that typically cause problems for orthodontic patients and should be avoided. The general rule is to avoid foods that are:

  1. Sticky
  2. Hard
  3. High in Sugar

Sticky Foods:
Taffy, caramels, Jolly Ranchers, Starburst, gummy bears, gummy worms, (anything gummy!), bubblegum, and any additional foods that may be considered sticky or cause orthodontic breakage.

Hard Foods:
Popcorn, caramel, nuts, pretzels, peanut butter, ice, corn-on-the-cob, corn chips, Doritos, hard tacos, uncooked carrots, life-savers, hard candy, pizza crust, hard breads, and anything else that may be considered hard may break your braces.

     Remember: Chewing on pencils, pens, and fingernails can also damage your braces.

Hard Sugar Foods and Drinks:
High sugar foods and drinks like most desserts or soft drinks can cause decay and decalcification (white spots) around your braces.  Unless you can brush your teeth immediately after you have high sugar food and drink, avoid them.

 

**Remember you MUST continue to see your regular DENTIST for your check-ups and cleanings. We recommend that

you see your DENTIST every 4 months while in orthodontic treatment instead of the normal 6 month check-ups**

Full Service Orthodontic Practice

We are always available to talk with you and address your concerns. Please feel free to contact us during the following hours through our office
phone number or e-mail address. After hours, you may contact us through our answering service. Patient’s of record receive
Dr. Katie’s cell phone number and are WELCOME to call or text her with concerns as well!