Frequently Asked Orthodontic Questions – Worcester, MA
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We’ve rounded up a handful of the most common questions our patients ask us, as well as detailed answers from our team. Our goal is to make you more informed to make the right decisions for your long-term oral health.
When should I bring my child in for an orthodontic exam?
We recommend that you bring your child in for a first orthodontic exam by the age of seven. Most children lose their baby teeth by this age and doctors can spot and treat problems during the optimal time in their development (i.e. when influencing the jaw and bone tissue is easiest.)
Do I need to wear a retainer after braces?
Yes. Everyone needs to wear a retainer after wearing braces to prevent your teeth from shifting back into their original position. At first, you will need to wear it for about 23 hours per day, making sure to only remove it for eating meals or practicing oral care.
Do I have options for straightening teeth other than metal braces?
Absolutely! Whether you’re an adult or a teenager who would prefer not to use metal braces, we have multiple options for you to consider. This includes Invisalign, clear/ceramic braces, and Damon braces, which can be placed using transparent materials. We’ll go over the differences in more detail during your next visit.
What’s the best way to finance my orthodontic care?
At Simply Orthodontics Worcester, we work with our patients to determine the best way to manage the financial side of their oral care. We accept a variety of dental plans and file claims on your behalf. If private dental insurance, Medicaid or other coverage is unavailable, we offer third-party financing through CareCredit and work with dental care savings apps like Chewsi.
Does getting braces hurt?
The process of having braces placed is generally a painless experience. During the first couple of days of use, you will likely experience minor soreness and aches, but this is common. Assuming you get traditional braces, you’ll experience minor soreness following each tightening, but this is very brief. You can always take over-the-counter medication to manage it if necessary.
How long does treatment take?
Treatment time can range anywhere between six to 30 months. It all depends on the severity of the orthodontic issues as well as which treatment option you consider.
Do I still visit my general dentist regularly?
Yes. You should always be visiting your dentist at least once every six months for a routine exam and cleaning. We will work with your general dentist to make sure your teeth and gums stay healthy through treatment. Poor oral health can negatively affect your teeth’s ability to shift over time.