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Frequently Asked Orthodontic Questions – Dayville, CT

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We’ve included a handful of the most common questions our orthodontists answer below for your convenience! One of our main goals is to make sure all of our patients are well informed when it comes to their orthodontic options. Be sure to give us a call if you have any other questions!

What is the right age to bring my child in for an orthodontic exam?

We recommend bringing your child in for an initial exam once they reach seven years of age. This is when most of their baby teeth have likely fallen out. It helps us catch underlying conditions and treat them before they become more advanced. Remember, around this age is considered to be the most effective time to start treatment since their jaw and bones tissue are still growing.

Will I need a retainer after my braces come off?

You will need to wear a retainer after your braces come off for one main reason. The teeth are very susceptible to shifting back right after braces are removed, which is why you’ll need to wear a retainer for at least 23 hours per day initially. You should only remove it when eating meals or practicing daily oral care.

Are metal braces my only treatment option?

No! We have many options for you to choose from, including some that are much more discreet compared to metal braces. Self-ligating braces, clear/ceramic braces, and Invisalign are all made using transparent materials if you’d prefer that your treatment be less visible. We can discuss their differences in more detail during your visit.

What is the best way to pay for treatment?

At Simply Orthodontics, we provide many options for financing treatments. Depending on whether you have dental insurance or Medicaid, the best option for financing can vary. Third-party financing through CareCredit may also be more ideal if you don’t have insurance or Medicaid benefits. We are happy to work with many dental plans and file claims on your behalf.

Does getting braces hurt at all?

Placing the braces themselves does not cause much discomfort for most people. After you’ve had them for a day or so, you may experience some minor soreness and aches, but this is a normal part of the process. Following each tightening treatment (assuming you get traditional braces), you may also experience some mild soreness. However, this process is brief and can be managed with over-the-counter medications if needed.

How long does orthodontic treatment take?

This can depend on the treatment you choose. For example, treatment length can fall anywhere between six and 30 months. It can also vary based on how severe your orthodontic issues may be. We will discuss your treatment length in greater detail once you visit.

Do I still need to visit my general dentist?

Absolutely! You should always make visits to your dentist for exams and cleanings based on their recommendations. This could be once every six months or more often depending on your oral health needs. We work directly with them so that your gums and teeth remain healthy as you complete orthodontic care. Avoiding complications with treatment means staying on top of your oral health however possible.