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Braces

Do I have to choose metal braces?

No, we provide options. We want you to have options in your orthodontic treatment, so our doctors offer clear braces, self-ligating braces, and clear aligners – a form of invisible braces.

What foods can I eat with braces?

When you begin treatment, you’ll need to take special care to avoid any foods that could damage your new appliances. We recommend you choose soft foods to eat with braces at school or work, including any of the following:

Dairy – soft cheese, yogurt, pudding, milk-based drinks
Breads – soft tortillas, pancakes, muffins without nuts
Grains – pasta, soft cooked rice
Meats/Poultry – soft cooked chicken, meatballs, lunch meats
Seafood – tuna, salmon, crab cakes
Vegatables – mashed potatoes, steamed spinach, beans
Fruits – bananas, apple sauce,
Treats – ice cream without nuts, milkshakes, jello, soft cake

What foods should I avoid with braces?

It is very important to avoid foods that could result in broken brackets, loose wires or broken appliances. Examples of foods that you should avoid:
Chewy foods such as bagels, fruit leathers or beefy jerky
Sticky foods like caramel candy, licorice and marshmallows
Crunchy foods like chips, raw carrots, raw celery and popcorn
Hard foods such as hard candy, hard breadsticks, or pizza crust
Foods that require biting into such as corn on the cob and apples. You can still enjoy these foods by slicing the apples or removing the corn from the cob.

A common question asked, “How long after getting braces can I eat normal foods? We tell patients that it’s best to avoid foods that can damage braces throughout your treatment period. If can’t say no to the craving, eat with extreme caution.

How do I brush my teeth with braces?

Before brushing, do a quick rinse with water. This will dislodge any food particles stuck between the wires or brackets. Brush beginning at the gum line, using a 45-degree angle of approach. As you move towards the brackets brush from both the top and the bottom, ensuring that the bristles reach under the wires and around the brackets. This process may take some extra time in the beginning, but once you are used to it, it will be routine for you. Follow up with a thorough flossing.

What toothbrush is best to use during treatment with braces?

We recommend using an electric toothbrush such as Sonicare or OralB. If you do not decide to use an electric toothbrush, use a toothbrush with soft bristles.

Do braces hurt?

Generally, braces do not hurt. However, you may feel a little sore or uncomfortable immediately after you first get them. This soreness is normal, and it will not last long. A salt water rinse can help relieve the soreness and inflammation. Dissolve a single teaspoon of salt in a full cup of lukewarm water and swish around your mouth for a few minutes. If soreness persists, you can take an over-the-counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen or Tylenol. If you experience lip, cheek, or tongue irritation in the weeks after getting braces, some wax can alleviate the problem quickly.

How long will I have my braces?

The amount of time that you will need to wear braces varies, depending on several things, such as the severity of your bite problem. Most patients need to wear braces for 12 to 24 months, but this can be shorter or longer depending on your case. Your doctor will discuss this with you and give you a general idea of what you can expect. After several months of wearing braces, the progress can be measured more easily, and a more accurate update can be given to you regarding how much longer you can expected to wear braces.

How much do braces cost?

The cost of braces depend on which type of braces you choose, how long you will need treatment and any other factors that might be unique to your treatment plan. Our treatment coordinators offer payment plans that can work wiht your budget and get you the ortodontic care that you need.

Can I return to school or work the day I receive braces?

Yes. Generally there is no reason you cannot return to school or work the same day.

Can I play sports with braces?

Yes, you can still play sports with braces. It’s highly recommended that you wear a mouthgaurd to protect your teeth and your appliance. Please ask your doctor about mouthgaurd options.

Am I too old for braces?

No matter how old you are, the answer is no. There is no age limit for braces and our doctors provide braces for children, teens and adults. Modern braces are more discreet, more comfortable and more effective. More adults are choosing orthodontic treatment now more than ever before.

Is it normal for my teeth to wiggle or feel loose during treatment with braces?

Don’t panic if your teeth begin to feel a little loose. This is a normal part of the treatment process. Your braces must first loosen your teeth to move them into the right position. Once your teeth have repositioned, they will stabilize and no longer feel loose.

Invisalign® aligners

How often must I wear my aligners? Can I just wear them when I sleep?

We find that aligners are most effective when worn 22+ hours per day and removed only for eating, brushing and flossing, so they can’t only be worn while sleeping.

How do I clean my aligners?

Always rinse your aligners as soon as they are removed from your mouth. It is recommended that you soak your aligner trays with the Invisalign brand crystal cleaning solution every day. This solution removes the bacteria from the aligners. Use a soft bristle toothbrush (not your toothbrush that you use daily) to lightly sweep away any debris that remains after the soak. After soaking, rinse off the aligners and place back in your mouth.

How long do I wear my set of aligners?

This varies according to your treatment plan. Generally, aligners are work for two weeks and exchanged for the next set. In some cases, aligners may be worn for as little as a week before they’re switched out. This will depend on your specific treatment plan.

What are the benefits of Invisalign® aligners?

Invisalign® aligners is a popular choice because of many benefits:

Clear aligners for more aesthetic appearance

Comfortable as it is custom-made to fit your bite

Affordable (about the same price as traditional metal braces)

Faster treatment

Less time spent at the orthodontist

No restrictions for food

You can carry out oral hygiene routine much easier than with the traditional brackets and wires

Who is eligible for Invisalign® aligners?

Our doctors offer a Invisalign® aligners Teen which is suited for patients aged 12-18 years old. For adults, our doctors offer Smile Express™ which is an at-home treatment and Invisalign® aligners full comprehensive treatment.

General orthodontic questions

At what age should I schedule an appointment for consultation?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic consultation at the age of 7. By this age, most children have several permanent teeth starting to surface allowing our doctors to effectively evaluate a child’s orthodontic condition. In certain cases, early evaluation allows our doctors to identify missing permanent teeth or jaw growth and habit problems that can be easily corrected if caught early. Our doctors want to help all children avoid future problems and potential costly corrections.

Can I drop my child off for an appointment?

Yes. We understand your busy schedule, and we are happy to help make the most of your time. On some occasions, we may request to speak with you when you return, so we ask you to check-in with our concierges before dropping off your child. You can also schedule any remote care treatment check-ups by using the Smile Doctors Anywhere App.

Does my family dentist have to schedule my appointment with an orthodontist?

Our doctors love dental referrals, but the dentist does not need to make the appointment. Most patients call us directly and mention the dentist who referred them. We always love to send a thank you note to our dentists.

How much will braces or Invisalign® aligners cost?

The cost of braces or Invisalign® aligners depends on the length of treatment and the type of braces and aligners that you choose. Our doctors and treatment coordinators are happy to come up with an affordable plan that meets your budget.