Do I need to call the office if my separator falls out?


At what age should a child have the first orthodontic evaluation?


Foods to Avoid During Orthodontic Treatment


Do I need to call the office if my separator falls out?

Yes. Please call us so we can place it back on and no delay in treatment occurs.

My braces are rubbing against my cheek, is this normal?

If you have just had your braces placed, your cheeks are still getting used to the braces. Soreness on the inside of your cheek is a common complaint and can be easily relieved by placing some wax on the bracket opposite the sore spot. Avoid acidic and spicy foods. This should heal pretty quickly.

How can I stop my wire from poking me?

Place some wax on the part that is poking you and please call our office immediately to make an appointment. You may also try to carefully cut the wire using cuticle clipper for relief from the irritation.

What if I am unable make it to my next appointment?

If you are unable to make it to your appointment, please call the office and reschedule the appointment. Missing appointments can lead to delay in treatment
and / or poor results.

What should I do if one of my brackets become loose?

Occasionally, a glued bracket may come loose. You can remove the loose bracket and save it in an envelope to bring to the office or leave it where it is, if it is not causing any irritation. Call the office as soon as possible in order for us to allow time to re-glue the bracket.

Why are my teeth sore?

You may experience some discomfort on the day your separators/braces are placed or after your monthly adjustment appointment. This is normal and should diminish within 24-72 hours. A few suggestions to help with the discomfort: Rinse with warm water, eat a soft diet, and take acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil) as directed on the bottle. If pain persists more than a few days, call our office.


What age should a child have their first orthodontic evaluation?

The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends an orthodontic screening for children by the age of 7 years. Most of the time treatment is not necessary at age 7, but it gives the parents and dentist time to watch the development of the patient and decide on the best mode of treatment.

When you have time on your side you can plan ahead and prevent the formation of serious problems.

Do I need braces?

An orthodontist will have to examine your teeth and decide if you can benefit from braces. Call in to make an appointment for a FREE initial consultation at our office.

Can you be too old for braces?

No, age is not a factor. Only the health of your gums and bone which support your teeth are taken into consideration. About 25% of our orthodontic patients are adults and that number is still growing!

How do teeth move?

Teeth move as a natural response to light pressure over a period of time. Pressure is applied by using a variety of orthodontic appliances, the most common being braces. Periodic adjustment to the braces puts pressure on the teeth. Most orthodontic appointments are scheduled 4 to 8 weeks apart to give the teeth time to move.

Will there be shots/injections involved?

There are no shots necessary for placement or monthly adjustments of the
braces and wires.

Do braces hurt?

It is normal to experience some discomfort during treatment. It is usually a feeling of pressure. By the 2nd or 3rd appointment this discomfort typically reduces or ceases. Medicines such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) usually help relieve the discomfort in between appointments and should be taken as prescribed.


Foods to Avoid During Orthodontic Treatment
Carbonated Beverages:
Soda dissolves the glue that holds your braces in place causing more broken brackets.
ice: A big no no!
Ice will crack the cement that bonds the braces to the enamel of your teeth. Do not suck on ice either, you may give in and bite down. It only takes one little bite to crack the cement.
Hard Pizza Crust:
Avoid hard edges of the pizza crust. You can still enjoy the toppings and the soft pizza base.
Crunchy foods:
Avoid Chips, Doritos, Tortilla shells, Cheetos, Fritos, Hard Pretzels, etc. If it makes a crunch when you bite down, it is best to stay away.
Sticky, Chewy food:
Gum, Gummy Bears, Tootsie Rolls, and Taffy can pull separators out, get stuck to your appliances, and can lead to cavities.
Hard cookies, Ginger snaps, Biscotti:
These food items can be eaten if softened in milk before consumption.
Popcorn kernels (shells) are prone to getting stuck between your teeth and gums. It can cause bad breath, cavities, and even infection.
Pens / Pencils:
Even though it is a low calorie snack item stay away from this habit. Remember it only takes one bite to delay your treatment.
Apples, Pickles, and Carrots:
Do not try to bite into an apple with your braces on.
Any crunchy food should be cut into smaller bite size portions for consumption.
keep your teeth
and gums clean:
Proper brushing and flossing twice a day will help prevent cavities and decalcification lesions during orthodontic treatment.
Please be advised
This is only a guide used for food items you want to avoid during treatment. Not all the items to be avoided have been listed. Use caution while eating to prevent breakage of orthodontic appliances. Broken brackets or wires will delay your treatment and can lead to increased treatment costs and poor results.