Frequently Asked Questions: (FAQ'S)
At what age should I schedule my child's first orthodontic visit?
As per the American Association of Orthodontists guidelines it is recommended that your child be seen at age seven. Children typically have a mixture of baby teeth and adult teeth making it easier for the orthodontist to diagnose and correct tooth and jaw problems earlier and without major surgery.
How long will my child have to wear braces?
The length of time braces will need to be worn depends on two factors:
- What needs correction? The amount of treatment needed to correct a problem will determine how long the process takes. Different patients react to treatment differently, so while it may take one patient 12 months to complete treament, it may take another patient 24 months. Treatment times can vary depending on how the body responds and how much work is needed.
- You! Your willingness to use the appliances plays a major role in the length of time it takes to complete treatment. Always remember to take care of your braces (help your child take care of their braces) and appliances. This will help make treatment shorter and more enjoyable!
Does my child still need to visit the dentist?
Yes! Regular dental visits (every 6 months) for cleanings are important during orthodontic treatment.
What foods should be avoided while wearing braces?
- Chewy foods- bagels, licorice
- Crunchy foods- popcorn, chips, ice
- Sticky foods- caramel candies, chewing gum
- Hard foods- nuts, hard candies
- Foods that require biting into- corn on the cob, apples, carrots