FAQ

Does my family dentist need to refer us to an orthodontist in order to come in for an initial consultation?

No, it is not necessary for your dentist to give you a referral to Talbot Orthodontics.

What is the suggested age for an initial orthodontic screening?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends orthodontic screenings at age 7.

Could teeth self correct as they grow?

No, they will not.  In most people, after more permanent teeth erupt, the space available   decreases with age causing more problems.

 

Why should I visit an orthodontic specialist?

Many people don’t realize that all orthodontists are dentists, but not all dentists are orthodontists. There are many general dentists that will also do braces, but they likely have not had the extensive training and experience that orthodontists receive.  When it comes to braces, trust your smile only to a Board-Certified orthodontist.

 

How long is treatment time?

Treatment time varies for each patient. Treatment may range from 12 to 30 months. The average completion time is approximately 18-24 months.

Will teeth need to be extracted before braces?

Removing teeth is sometimes required to achieve the best orthodontic result. However, because new technology has provided advanced orthodontic procedures, removing teeth is not normally necessary.

How often will I have appointments?

Most patients in braces will be seen about every six weeks.

Can I Schedule appointments after school?

Yes, most appointments can be scheduled before or after-school hours. However, there are specific procedures that require more time and can only be scheduled during the beginning part of the day. Our scheduling coordinator is committed to making a sincere effort to meet your scheduling needs.

Do braces hurt?

No!  On occasion, after certain visits, teeth may be sore for a few days. In these situations, pain medications such as Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen will ease the discomfort. The patient should not have any extreme pain.

Do you give shots?

No, shots are not necessary in orthodontic treatment.

Can I still play sports?

Of course! You can maintain all your regular activity with braces although we would recommend a mouth guard made for braces.

Do I need to continue to visit my dentist while in braces?

Yes! Regular checkups and cleanings with your family dentist are encouraged.

Are there foods that should be avoided while in braces?

Yes. When your braces are first put on we will give the patient complete instructions about of the care of your braces including a comprehensive list of foods to avoid. It is generally hard or sticky food that may damage brackets and cause emergency visits to the office.

Can orthodontic care begin while the patient still has baby teeth?

Yes, but only in specific patients. Some orthodontic problems are significant enough and will require early intervention. We recommend orthodontic screenings at age 7 to determine if early treatment is necessary.

Can braces correct teeth for adults?

Yes!  There is no age limit to braces.  The perfect smile is the goal of Talbot Orthodontics for patients of any age.