Questions About Braces

During your initial consultation to assess your needs, your trained orthodontist will discuss with you the benefits and drawbacks when considering traditional metal braces, ceramic braces, or lingual braces. To learn more about each of these options, check out our All About Braces page.

Yes. Once treatment begins, we will explain the complete instructions and provide a comprehensive list of foods to avoid. Some of those foods include: ice, hard candy, corn chips, popcorn and nuts, raw fruits and vegetables (you can eat these if you cut them up) and all sticky foods (i.e. gum, caramel, taffy). You can avoid most emergency appointments to repair broken or damaged braces by avoiding these foods.

Some orthodontic patients experience discomfort the first week after their braces are put on, and sometimes immediately following adjustments. Any over-the-counter pain reliever can be used to ease the discomfort.

Yes, however, we advise patients protect their smiles by wearing a mouth guard when participating in any contact sport. Mouth guards are inexpensive, comfortable, and are available in a variety of colors.

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.

Four times each day: after each meal and before going to bed.

Braces create small ledges, nooks and crannies for food deposits, which can lead to cavities and gum problems if you don’t do a good job brushing and flossing. Brush and floss thoroughly, but gently, so you do not break or loosen your arch wires or brackets. We will show each patient how to floss their teeth with braces and may also provide a prescription for a special fluoride, if necessary.

Questions About Invisalign

First, you need to schedule a consultation with a Diamond Braces office near you. Some dentists offer Invisalign, but because there are important differences between dentists and orthodontists, it is recommended to visit an orthodontist.

Then at your consultation, an orthodontist will examine your teeth to determine if you are a good candidate. At the appointment, you can discuss payment options and the length of treatment. If you are a candidate, you can even choose to begin the Invisalign process that same day.

Next, the doctor will take pictures and x-rays of your teeth. Additionally, he or she will take impressions of your top and bottom teeth. This information is sent to an Invisalign lab where your aligner molds will be created. The lab creates these molds, called trays, from the beginning until the end of your treatment according to the doctor’s specifications. These molds are the clear plastic mouth inserts that work like braces to align your teeth.

Once our office receives your aligner molds, we will call you to come to our office. The orthodontist will insert the top and bottom molds. These molds need to be changed every two weeks, so we will give you the second pair of molds to take home with you. You will be responsible in remembering to change molds in two weeks.

Finally, we will see you in intervals as determined by the orthodontist to track your progress and give you your next sets of molds.

Each patient is different, and a specific situation depends on many factors, such as the structure of your teeth, your responsiveness to the treatment and how well you adhere to the orthodontist’s instructions. In many cases, treatment lasts between one and two years.

Only after meeting with the doctor for a consultation will you know how long your specific treatment will take. Invisalign usually takes the same amount of time as traditional metal braces or longer.

It depends. We have patients who come in every two weeks and some that come in every eight or ten weeks, depending on the complexity of the situation. In general, to track your progress and ensure the treatment is going according to plan, you should expect to come in about once a month. Depending on your individual circumstances, the doctor may decide that you have to come in every six to eight weeks.

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Only the last tray that you wore should be kept.

The cost of Invisalign depends on how much treatment you need and the time it will take to straighten your teeth. Generally, Invisalign costs between $4,000 and $6,000, including retainers and 2 years of post-treatment followups. If you do have orthodontic insurance or a Flex Spending Account from your employer, please mention this at your consultation so we can help you to reduce out-of-pocket expenses. In addition, Smilify works with CareCredit, to provide financing for orthodontic treatments.

In general, most people will not notice you’re wearing them. However, if someone has a keen eye, that person might see a hint of them. After all, you are wearing a clear plastic mold on your teeth.

In some cases, rubber bands might be needed to perform alignments that the aligners on their own would have difficulty performing. Your doctor will let you know during the consultation if any rubber bands will be needed during the treatment.

We hear this questions very often and it makes us very happy to tell our patients this: you can eat ANYTHING, as long as you make sure the aligners are removed. All you have to do before eating is to remove the clear trays from your teeth. You cannot eat anything with aligners on your teeth.

With Invisalign, you can eat anything and everything because you remove your molds before you eat. However, to be cautious, it’s recommended that our patients avoid very hard candy, sugary drinks, and gum.

Yes-you cannot consume any beverage with the aligners in your mouth, except water. For anything else, you must remove the aligners. If you do not want to remove the aligners then drink through a straw. You cannot drink any liquids containing sugar, such as juice, soda, coffee with sugar, and tea with sugar, while wearing Invisalign. If sugar comes between the trays and the teeth, it can cause decalcification and discoloration of enamel.

Generally, Invisalign does not affect speech. In most cases, patients speak the same way they always have and do not feel any different when wearing Invisalign. During the first few days of wearing the molds, you will need to get used to them and may experience increased saliva in your mouth since the mouth might mistake the aligners for food. After a few days, your mouth will adjust to the molds, and then you should have no problem speaking.

Yes. Every single patient who finishes orthodontic treatment must wear a retainer to preserve the results. At Smilify, we prefer to use what’s called a “bonded retainer.” This is a fixed retainer bonded to your lower teeth. It’s convenient, since there’s no need to remember to put in or remove a retainer before bedtime. However, the final decision concerning what type of retainer to wear will be up to the orthodontist.

Invisalign is a breeze to adjust to and is less restrictive than other orthodontic treatments. In our experiences, we have not had any patients complain about wearing invisalign. The clear molds are removed when eating and when playing sports a mouth guard can fit as normally.

A consultation is needed to determine if your child is eligible in this case. Sometimes a child may be a good candidate even though the permanent teeth are not finished growing.

Careful monitoring each day will ensure that your child is keeping up with the treatment. Each aligner mold for teens has a blue indicator. When the indicator turns white it is time to switch to the next pair.

Invisalign is painless, but there may be some discomfort through the treatment process as teeth shift. Your teeth may feel sore every time a new aligner is put on. This discomfort usually goes away after a few days as your mouth gets used to the new mold. Remember, the aligner molds are worn to shift teeth into their correct alignment. Sometimes, a mold feels like it doesn’t fit properly. This is done intentionally to shift your teeth into their proper positions.

Yes, just remember to wear a mouth guard. The mouth guard should fit without any problems over the Invisalign molds.

We understand accidents happen, that’s why “Invisalign Teen” provides six free replacement aligners. Beyond that, there is a cost of $100 for each replacement.

For adults, we would instead try to move on to the next set of molds. As a last resort, we would have to order a replacement set at a price.

When not using the aligners, the best way to prevent any damage to them is to keep them in the case you were given when you received your molds.

If you miss one day, be sure to put them in immediately the next day. However, every day you miss is another day the treatment is not working. The more days you miss the longer your treatment will last. The recommended time to wear the aligners is about twenty-two hours each day.

Invisalign will not affect your brushing or flossing habits since you remove the molds before brushing.

Cleaning the plastic aligners is easy and important for proper dental hygiene. Each day, wash the aligners with warm water. At night, brush the aligners with your regular toothpaste and rinse them off. Remember to also wash the aligner case to prevent the buildup of bacteria.

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