10 Common Questions Adults Ask When Considering Braces & Orthodontic Treatment
1. Is it too late to get braces and orthodontic treatment if you are an adult?
A surprising percentage of our patients are adults. In fact, 25 percent of all orthodontic patients are adults! After all, health, happiness and self-esteem are just as vitally important to adults as they are for children and teenagers. No patient is ever “too old” to enjoy the benefits of braces and orthodontic treatment!
2. Is it required that your dentist schedules an appointment for you or refers you to our orthodontist in Tampa and Brandon, FL?
No, it is not. Many of our patients are referred by their family dentist, yet many other patients take the initiative to schedule an examination themselves.
3. Do braces hurt?
Generally, braces do not cause pain, although occasional mild discomfort can occur. After some visits, your teeth may be sore for a few days while they adjust to your newly tightened braces. In these situations, pain medications such as Advil or Tylenol will ease the discomfort. However, after most visits, patients do not feel any soreness at all!
4. Are there foods you cannot eat while in braces?
Yes, there are foods you cannot eat while in braces. Once orthodontic treatment begins, we will explain the complete instructions and talk about the list of foods to avoid with braces. Some of those foods include: ice, hard candy, raw vegetables, and all sticky foods (i.e., caramel and taffy). You can avoid most emergency appointments to repair broken or damaged braces by carefully following this list.
5. Can you wear braces if you have crowns or missing teeth?
Yes. A tooth with a crown will move just like a tooth without one. When teeth are missing, orthodontic treatment will aid in the alignment of the remaining teeth.
6. Do you need to brush your teeth more often with braces?
With braces, you should brush your teeth at least three times a day to keep your teeth, gums, and mouth healthy and clean. Brushing regularly will help remove any food that may be caught between the braces. You should also floss daily to get in between your braces where your brush isn’t able to reach. We can show you how to brush and floss properly once your braces have been placed.
7. What will you learn from your initial exam?
There are five essential questions that we will cover during the initial examination:
- Is there an orthodontic problem, and if so, what is it?
- What must be done to correct the problem?
- Will any teeth need to be removed?
- How long will I need to wear my braces?
- How much will my braces cost?
8. How much will braces cost? Are financing options available?
It is impossible to give an exact cost for braces and treatment until we have completed your smile assessment. That being said, the last thing you should have to do is spend time worrying about how to pay for your braces and orthodontic treatment. We are happy to provide you with several flexible payment-plan options, including our zero interest plan, that will help you get the treatment that’s needed without busting your budget.
9. How often will you have appointments?
Appointments are scheduled according to each patient’s needs. Most patients in braces will be seen every 5 to 10 weeks. If there are specific situations that require more frequent monitoring, we will schedule appointments accordingly.
10. If you have braces, do you still need dental checkups every six months?
Yes! In fact, it’s even more important that patients receiving orthodontic treatment visit their dentist regularly. With braces, food may be caught in places that your toothbrush can’t reach. This causes bacteria to build up that can lead to cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease. Your dentist will work closely with your orthodontist to make sure that your teeth stay clean and healthy while wearing braces.