Frequently Asked Questions
1At what age should I schedule an appointment for an orthodontic screening?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic screening at age 7. For most children, several permanent teeth have erupted by this age, allowing the orthodontist to effectively evaluate the patient’s orthodontic condition.
2Will my teeth straighten out as I grow and get older?
No, they will not. The space available for the front teeth does not increase as you grow. In most people, after the permanent molars erupt, the space available for the front teeth decreases with age.
3Is it too late to have braces if I’m already an adult?
No patient is "too old" to wear braces! A surprising percentage of our patients are adults. In fact, 25 percent of all orthodontic patients are adults. Health and happiness are vitally important to adults, and orthodontic treatment can increase your self-esteem at any age!
4How often will I have an appointment?
Appointments are scheduled according to each patient's needs. Most patients in braces will be seen every 4 to 10 weeks. If there are specific situations that require more frequent monitoring, we will schedule appointments accordingly.
5Can I still play sports or play my instrument while wearing braces?
Yes! We recommend that patients wear mouthguards while playing sports. The patients should not mold the mouth guards to their teeth, this could cause damage to the brackets. Musicians will likely experience an adjustment period until they are comfortable playing while wearing braces.
6Do I need to see my general dentist while wearing braces?
Yes! Regular check-ups with your general dentist are important while in braces. Your dentist will determine the intervals between each cleaning appointment while you have your braces.