Frequently Asked Questions About Orthodontics
What is orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a specialty of dentistry involving the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of irregularities of the teeth (especially those having to do with alignment and occlusion) and the jaw.
What is an orthodontist?
An orthodontist is a dental specialist who has up to three years of additional schooling. Your orthodontist can straighten teeth, fix misaligned jaw structure, and improve smiles.
When should I first go to the orthodontist?
Seven years old is the recommended age, but there is no hard and fast rule. If you think your child should be seen, bring them in. If you’re an adult, don’t hesitate to visit us. There’s no wrong time to go to the orthodontist.
How can I take care of my teeth?
While wearing braces or a retainer, you should:
- Brush after every meal. Floss before bed.
- Choose toothpaste with fluoride and use a fluoride rinse if directed.
- When removing your retainer to eat, place it in its container.
- Brush your retainer with a toothbrush and toothpaste, or soak it in a special cleaner — never put it in the dishwasher!
- Stay away from sugary foods and drinks, which can cause plaque and cavities.
- Avoid sticky and chewy foods, hard candy, or anything that can get stuck in your braces.
- Visit your family dentist every six months.
What are braces?
Braces can straighten out your teeth and improve your smile. There are many types, such as:
- Metal (Damon)
How long do I have to wear braces?
This will depend on the patient. The average length of treatment is 16-18 months for Dr. B’s patients.
Do braces hurt?
While braces don’t hurt, they can give you some discomfort for the first few days after getting them on, and following adjustment.
Do I have to brush my teeth more often with braces?
Brush at least three times a day to dislodge any food that may be caught between the braces. Floss before bedtime.
Do I still have to go to the dentist every six months?
Yes. Braces can trap food that can cause cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease. Thorough six-month cleanings will ensure your teeth stay healthy.
Can I still participate in sports, play an instrument, or sing?
Yes, but if you play a contact sport, you must wear a mouthguard.
How do I schedule an appointment?
Call our office at (630) 515-2727 or complete the short form on Appointment Request page and we will schedule your next appointment.
Downers Grove Orthodontics
1330 Ogden Avenue Downers Grove, IL 60515
Fax: (630) 566-1500
Serving Downers Grove, Lisle, La Grange and Woodridge, IL.
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