Frequently Asked Orthodontic Questions – Framingham, MA
Simply Orthodontics Framingham Answers Your Questions
Here are some of the most common questions we get as well as our answers with the intent to make sure all patients are informed about treatment and orthodontic care in general. We hope that these responses can help you feel confident about making a worthwhile investment.
When should I bring my child in for an orthodontic exam?
We recommend having an initial exam with one of our orthodontists by the age of seven. Many of their baby teeth should have fallen out by now, enabling us to catch any underlying problems with the incoming adult teeth and treat them as early as possible. This young age is the optimal time to take care of these issues because the jaw and bone tissue are still developing.
Will I need to wear a retainer after braces?
Yes. A retainer keeps the teeth from shifting back into their original positions. When you or your child first starts to wear a retainer, it needs to stay in place for at least 23 hours per day with small breaks for eating meals and practicing daily oral care.
What are my options for straightening teeth other than metal braces?
We have multiple treatments that are much more appearance friendly, whether you’re an adult or teenager. These options include self-ligating braces, clear/ceramic braces and Invisalign, all of which can be made with transparent materials. During your consultation, we can go through all the differences and benefits of each treatment choice to find the perfect solution for you.
How should I finance my orthodontic care?
With Simply Orthodontics Framingham, you have several options for financing treatments. The most cost-effective way is to use dental insurance or Medicaid if you have it. We work with many dental plans and are happy to file claims on your behalf. Third-party financing through CareCredit is also available if you would like to divide the cost into smaller chunks.
Does it hurt to get braces?
You will likely not feel any discomfort when the braces themselves are placed on your teeth. However, for a couple of days afterward, you may experience some minor soreness and aches, which is completely normal. If you have traditional braces, you will also most likely feel briefly sore following each tightening visit. Feel free to take over-the-counter medication to reduce your discomfort.
How long will treatment last?
Treatment can require anywhere between six and 30 months, depending on the treatment you undergo. The severity of your orthodontic issues will also play a role in the timeline of your treatment. Once we examine your mouth, we can accurately estimate your treatment plan’s duration.
Should I still make regular visits to my general dentist?
Absolutely! Throughout treatment, you should be making regular visits, about once every six months, to your dentist as usual for cleanings and checkups. To avoid complications to your orthodontic procedure, it’s imperative that you maintain positive oral health.