Frequently Asked Orthodontic Questions – Holliston, MA
Got Questions? Simply Orthodontics Holliston Is Happy to Help
Below, we’ve listed a few of the most common questions we receive. We hope that our detailed answers make the process easier for you, whether you’re a parent or an individual considering care. We want to help all of our patients make informed decisions on their future orthodontic treatments.
When should my child have an orthodontic exam?
Parents should bring their child in for their first orthodontic exam by the time they reach seven years of age. Most of their baby teeth will have likely fallen out by then, which means we can catch underlying problems and treat them. This is the most effective time to do so as their jaw and bone tissue are still developing.
Why do people need to wear a retainer after braces?
All patients will need to wear a retainer after their braces come off so that the teeth do not shift back into their previously crooked positions. When someone first begins wearing a retainer, they will need to wear it for at least 23 hours a day. It should only be removed for meals or practicing daily brushing and flossing.
Are there any options for straightening teeth other than metal braces?
We have multiple options to choose from when it comes to metal braces alternatives. Self-ligating braces, clear/ceramic braces, and Invisalign all utilize transparent materials and are very popular for adults and teens.
What is the best way to finance my orthodontic care?
We have many financing options here at Simply Orthodontics Holliston. The best option depends on whether you have dental insurance or Medicaid. We also provide third-party financing through CareCredit though if you do not have any dental insurance. We work with many dental plans are more than willing to file claims on your behalf as well.
Does receiving braces hurt?
While placing the braces themselves typically does not cause any discomfort at all, you will start to feel a mild amount of discomfort once they have been on for a few days. Soreness and aches are a normal part of receiving new hardware. The same is true following each appointment where the hardware is tightened, albeit the discomfort is less pronounced since you are already used to wearing them. These instances are relatively brief and can be managed well with over-the-counter painkillers like ibuprofen.
How long does the treatment process take?
The orthodontic services you choose will determine the length of your treatment. With that said, treatment time can last anywhere between six and 30 months. It also really depends in how severe your orthodontic issues actually are. We will discuss your treatment length in more detailed during your visit.
Should I still be making regular dental visits?
You still need to be making regular visits to your dentist. We recommend that you visit once every six months so you can have your mouth examined and cleaned. We work closely with your dentist so that your teeth and gums remain healthy throughout your orthodontic treatment. In order to prevent complications in your care, take all the steps to maintain positive oral health.