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Orthodontics: FAQ

Aug 9, 2022

Orthodontics FAQs

All about our ortho

Got a Question? Let’s Talk!

Orthodontics is kind of a big deal whether you’re a kid, a teen, or an adult – and you probably have some questions about treatment. Take a look at our most common ortho inquiries here – and if you don’t see what you’re looking for, just give us a call! We’re always happy to give you a hand.

Things to Consider: Before Seeing an Orthodontist

What services does your Great Smiles offer?

We provide a wide range of orthodontic services, such as clear aligners, retainers, Invisalign, conventional braces, and more. We strive to provide customized treatment strategies that meet the specific requirements of every patient whether you are an adult, a child, or teen.

What makes Great Smiles Ortho special?

We have been locally owned and operated for more than 40 years. We provide children and adults looking to get orthodontic care with a welcoming, professional, and exceptional experience. We are your neighbors and our work is important to us because it is important to you.

How long does orthodontic treatment typically take?

Treatment duration depends on the complexity of the case and the chosen method. Generally, treatments can range from several months to a few years. During your consultation, we can provide a more accurate estimate based on your specific situation.

Do you offer flexible payment options?

Yes, we understand that orthodontic treatment is an investment, and we offer a variety of payment options. During the initial free consultation, our team can work with you to find a solution that fits your budget.

How do I know if orthodontic treatment is necessary for me or my child?

We recommend scheduling a free consultation so our orthodontists can evaluate your oral health and discuss potential treatment options. Early intervention is often beneficial, so it’s best to address any concerns sooner rather than later.

How do I find a good orthodontist?

Orthodontic treatment should be done properly by a specialist because these treatments alter teeth permanently and sometimes even the structure of the face. Ask friends for recommendations, read online reviews, and if they are a reputable orthodontist they will schedule a free consultation for you to gather more information and make an informed decision.

Do I need a referral from my dentist?

No. You may schedule an appointment [link to https://greatsmiles.com/schedule-an-appointment/] directly with us or give our office a call at 828-274-9220 .

How do I schedule a free consultation or initial exam?

At Great Smiles, we offer a free initial consultation to provide you or your child with options for care. We get to know you and you get to know us. You may schedule your free consultation online [link to https://greatsmiles.com/schedule-an-appointment/] or call us at 828-274-9220.

At what age should I schedule an appointment for an orthodontic screening?

By the age of seven, the American Association of Orthodontists advises having an orthodontic screening. Most children have erupted multiple permanent teeth by this age, which makes it possible to assess the growth pattern.

What will happen at the initial examination appointment?

Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by our team. We will take photographs and conduct a brief examination to make a proper diagnosis. Then, our team will offer options and pricing based on what we determine.

Can I get braces as an adult?

Absolutely! Age is not a factor for anyone considering orthodontic care. More and more adults are taking advantage of the long-term benefits of orthodontics. Treatment with orthodontics is not just for kids and teenagers. To help you get the smile you’ve always wanted without compromising comfort or appearance, we provide adult-specific solutions, like as discrete choices like Invisalign.

Once You Have Orthodontic Care

How often will I have appointments?

Appointments are scheduled according to each patient’s needs and availability. Most patientswill be seen every 8 to 10 weeks.

Do braces hurt?

Braces do not “hurt.” After some visits, teeth soreness is possible and may last for several days. Pain relievers like Advil or Tylenol will help in these kinds of situations. Most patients experience absolutely no discomfort following their appointments! 

Can I return to school or work the day I receive my braces?

Yes. There is no reason to miss school or work because of an orthodontic appointment.

Can I still play sports?

Yes. We recommend a mouth guard for all sports.

Do I need to see my family dentist while in braces?

Yes! Regular checkups with your family dentist are important while in braces. Your family dentist will determine the intervals between cleaning appointments while you are in braces.

Are there foods I cannot eat while I have braces?

Yes. We will offer a detailed list of foods to avoid including things like hard candies or particularly sticky foods (like caramel and taffy). If you properly follow our guidelines, you can avoid most emergency appointments for the repair of damaged or broken braces.

How often should I brush my teeth while in braces?

Patients should brush their teeth at least two times each day. We will show each patient how to floss their teeth with braces and may also provide a prescription for a special fluoride, if necessary.