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Frequently Asked Orthodontic Questions – Milford, MA

Simply Orthodontics Milford is Happy to Answer Questions

Below, we’ve included a handful of the most common questions that our patients ask us as well as detailed answered from our team. Our goal is to make you more informed on both your treatment and general orthodontic care so you can always make an educated decision and investment on your family’s oral health.

What age is best to bring my child in for an orthodontic exam?

We recommend that you bring your child in for an orthodontic exam by the age of seven. We ask that you bring them around this age as it is when most of their baby teeth have likely fallen out. It also gives us a chance to catch problems and treat them during the most effective time of their development.

Is wearing a retainer always necessary after braces?

Children will need to wear a retainer after they wear braces in order to prevent their teeth from shifting back into their original position in the future. At first, they will need to wear their retainer for about 23 hours per day. They should only be removing them for eating meals and when practicing oral care.

Are there other options for straightening my teeth other than of metal braces?

Yes there are! If you’re an adult or teenager who would prefer not to change their smile’s appearance, there a few options out there for you. These include Invisalign, clear/ceramic braces and Damon braces, which be made using transparent and tooth-colored materials. We will go over these differences more closely once you pay our orthodontic office a visit.

How should I finance my orthodontic care?

Simply Orthodontics Milford offers multiple options to finance your care. The best option for you depends on whether or not you have dental insurance, Medicaid, or no insurance at all. Thankfully, we’re happy to offer third-party financing through CareCredit if you lack any kind of insurance. We’re also happy to work with a variety of dental plans and file claims on your behalf.

Will it hurt to receive braces?

Having your braces placed is a generally pain-free procedure. During the first couple days after they are adhered, you will most likely experience some minor soreness and aching. However, this is a common side effect. If you get traditional braces, you’ll experience minor soreness after each tightening. This discomfort is mild and very brief and you can always take over-the-counter medication to manage it if necessary.

How long is the treatment process?

It all depends on the severity of your orthodontic issue as well as the treatment you choose, but procedures can run anywhere between six and thirty months.

Should I keep seeing my general dentist?

That’s correct. Visiting your dentist at least once every six months for a routine exam and cleaning is 100 percent necessary. We will always work with your general dentist to make sure your teeth and gums are healthy and ready for orthodontic treatment. Positive oral health is very important to effective shifting and correcting teeth.