Frequently Asked Orthodontic Questions – Lawrence, MA
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On this page, you’ll find a series of questions that many orthodontic patients have asked us over the years along with detailed answers from Dr. Leila and the rest of our orthodontic team. We hope the information on this page helps you make better decisions for protecting the precious smiles in your life.
When should I bring my child in for an orthodontic exam?
Your child’s first orthodontic consultation should occur around their seventh birthday, while they’re still losing their baby teeth. We can spot potential orthodontic problems around this time, and it will be easier for us to influence the way the jaw and underlying bone develop from that point forward.
Do I need to wear a retainer after braces?
Yes, a retainer is a necessary part of the orthodontic process. When left alone, your teeth could end up relapsing and moving back to their original position; a retainer prevents this from happening. It should remain in your mouth for 23 hours each day and should only be removed for eating and oral hygiene.
Do I have options for straightening teeth other than metal braces?
Adults and teenagers who are worried about their appearances can look into transparent Invisalign, clear/ceramic braces, and self-ligating braces as alternatives to traditional metal brackets and wires. We can discuss the advantages of different types of orthodontic care during an initial consultation and figure out which ones are suitable for your unique case.
What’s the best way to finance my orthodontic care?
All dental plans (including MassHealth) are accepted at our orthodontic office, and we will always file the necessary claims for you so that you get the coverage you deserve. However, if you don’t have any sort of coverage, we can still help you apply for third-party financing through LendingPoint. We also work alongside Chewsi, a handy dental care savings app.
Does getting braces hurt?
The actual placement process should cause little to no discomfort. Since braces work by exerting pressure on the teeth, it’s normal to feel soreness and aches for a few days after placement or adjustment. If you need to, you can just take over-the-counter medication to make yourself more comfortable. Call us immediately if the pain becomes too severe or doesn’t go away.
How long does treatment take?
Some treatments take as little as six months; others may last for up to three years. The exact time will vary depending on the type of treatment and the kind of corrections being made.
Do I still visit my general dentist regularly?
Just because braces are covering your teeth doesn’t mean you can afford to pay less attention to oral hygiene. It’s important to keep visiting your dentist every six months for routine cleanings and checkups. We’ll work alongside your general dentist to make sure your teeth and gums stay healthy so that your treatment isn’t disrupted by cavities or another oral health problem.