Frequently Asked Orthodontic Questions – Grafton, MA
Simple Answers for Your Orthodontic Questions
Orthodontics is a foreign topic for most people, so as you can imagine, plenty of patients and parents ask questions every single day at our Grafton orthodontic office. We’re always happy to share our knowledge to make someone’s orthodontic journey smoother and more productive, so you’re welcome to contact our team anytime to ask a question. Below, you’ll find our answers to some of the most common queries we receive every day.
When is the right time to bring my child in for an orthodontic exam?
Ideally, your child should receive an orthodontic screening around age seven. At this stage of oral development, we can evaluate the alignment of their remaining baby teeth and determine whether or not they’ll need braces in the future. Then, if necessary, we can apply treatment to address any issues as early as possible.
Will I need to wear a retainer after braces?
Yes, every orthodontic patient needs to wear a retainer after having braces or Invisalign. Otherwise, the teeth will begin to drift out of place and undo all of the great work that has been done! This is particularly important for children, as their growing mouths change more rapidly compared to an adult’s.
What are my options for straightening my teeth other than metal braces?
Adults and teens may be interested in getting Invisalign or clear/ceramic braces, which are two treatments that can discreetly straighten the teeth without obviously covering someone’s smile. To find out which one would be best for you or your child, contact us today to schedule a consultation.
Will you take my dental insurance?
Yes, Simply Orthodontics Grafton accepts many PPO dental insurance plans. Give us a call, and we’ll be able to go over your benefits and let you know how they can be used to cover orthodontic care.
Does it hurt to get braces?
Generally, no, but it is common to develop some oral tenderness and sensitivity after having braces put on or adjusted. These symptoms are fortunately minor and tend to go away quickly. In the meantime, they can be adequately managed using an OTC pain-reliever.
How long is the orthodontic treatment process?
Treatment times can vary widely depending on a patient’s age, needs, and the beginning state of their teeth. Some treatments can be completed in as little as six months, while others may 30 months or longer. The only way we can give you a definitive timeline is if we see you for an in-person consultation and exam.
Will I still need to visit my general dentist?
Yes, it is very important to attend regular checkups and cleanings with your general dentist while undergoing orthodontic treatment. These routine appointments allow a hygienist to thoroughly remove cavity-causing plaque and tartar that may be building up on the teeth due to an appliance, plus a dentist can spot potential issues early before they can throw off someone’s treatment.