How long will I be in treatment?
Treatment can range from 3 months to 36 months, depending on the severity of your bite. Most of our patients are in treatment between 12 and 30 months.
Do braces hurt?
Putting braces on does not hurt. During the process, all we need to do is keep your lips nice and dry, and we many ways to help you do this. We don’t need to make numb or sleepy. When you go home, your teeth are going to feel weird. You might have a mild soreness for the first couple of nights. If this is the case, take whatever you would normally take for a headache. After about 3 days you will feel back to your normal self.
How often will I have to come in for appointments?
We typically see patients with braces every 6-8 weeks so that we can make adjustments and make sure the teeth are moving how we want. For Invisalign patients, appointment intervals may be as long as 10-12 weeks.
How long will my future appointments be?
Your first several visit are usually the longest appointments, and typically last about an hour. Once you get started with treatment, most visits are between 15 and 30 minutes. During these appointments, we will check to make sure that your teeth are moving how we want, and make any necessary adjustments to your braces or Invisalign trays.
Am I too old for treatment?
No! It is never too old to consider orthodontic treatment. Patients in their 50s, 60s, 70s and even 80s are now considering orthodontic treatment not only for beautiful smiles, but also to improve oral health and make maintenance easier. Before you begin treatment, Dr. Neil will make sure that your gums and supporting structures are in good health so that treatment can progress as planned.
Can my child play sports or an instrument while wearing braces?
Absolutely! For children who participate in athletics, a mouth guard that will fit over the braces is important. Dr. Neil can recommend a mouth guard for your specific needs. As far as musical instruments go, children typically adjust very well to their braces. It may take a week or two, but braces should not get in the way of playing an instrument. In fact, when Dr. Neil was in middle school, he played the trombone with braces!
Will I need teeth pulled?
All patients have different bites, and it is always our goal to avoid pulling teeth. On rare occasion, a patient may have such severely crowded teeth the only way we can align these teeth is to create more space. After we have collected diagnostic records, Dr. Neil will develop your customized treatment plan, and will be able to review how best to align your teeth.
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