Frequently Asked Questions
Are you curious about orthodontic treatment, but you’re not sure where to start? At Smile Orthodontics, we’ve compiled this list of FAQs to help.
- Do I need a referral to make an appointment?
- When does my child need to see an orthodontist?
- Will my teeth become straighter as they grow?
- How can I schedule my first appointment?
- What should I expect during my initial consultation?
- Will I need extractions before braces?
- How long will my treatment take?
- How often will I need to come to the office for follow-ups?
- How much do braces cost? Do you offer financing options?
- Do braces hurt?
- Will I still be able to play sports?
- Do I still need to see my general dentist while undergoing orthodontic treatment?
- Will I have dietary restrictions while in braces?
- Why is it best to see an orthodontic specialist?
Do I need a referral to make an appointment?
Not at all. While several of our patients are referred by their general dentist, it is not a requirement.
When does my child need to see an orthodontist?
According to the American Association of Orthodontists, every child should have their first orthodontic visit by the age of seven. While many children will not require treatment until they are older, certain orthodontic issues are much easier to address while patients are still in the developmental years.
Will my teeth become straighter as they grow?
No. As you grow older, more teeth erupt, creating less space for the front teeth. In many cases, this can cause more crowding.
How can I schedule my first appointment?
There are a couple of ways to schedule an initial consultation for you or your child. For your convenience, you can contact us online anytime. You can also call our Breezeport Way location at (757) 686-3444 or our Hillpoint Boulevard office at (757) 925-0407.
What should I expect during my initial consultation?
When you arrive for you appointment, our friendly front desk staff will gather some information, including your health history. Next, you will be escorted to one of our examination rooms, where any necessary x-rays will be taken. Then, your doctor will perform a thorough assessment and design a personalized treatment plan for you. Go here to learn more about what to expect during your first visit.
Will I need extractions before braces?
In some cases, teeth must be removed to make room during orthodontic treatment. However, this is not always necessary, due to advances in technology. During your initial consultation, our doctors can help you determine if extractions will be a part of your treatment plan.
How long will my treatment take?
Every single patient we see is unique. Therefore, treatment times can vary significantly from one person to the next. Generally speaking, most treatment timelines range from 12 to 30 months. On average, however, treatment typically takes about 22 months.
How often will I need to come to the office for follow-ups?
Your appointments will be scheduled according to your specific needs. Most patients will require a visit approximately every 5 to 10 weeks during active treatment.
How much do braces cost? Do you offer financing options?
The exact cost of treatment will be determined by your specific needs. Once your initial consultation is complete, we will be able to give you a much more detailed financial outline. At Smile Orthodontics, we accept many insurances, and also offer several financing options to meet your needs and budget. To learn more about financing, visit this page.
Do braces hurt?
Generally, braces are comfortable. After certain appointments, you make experience temporary soreness or tenderness. However, this discomfort can be easily managed with over-the-counter pain medication, such as Tylenol or Advil.
Will I still be able to play sports?
Yes. However, it is important to wear a mouth guard to protect your investment. If you play contact sports, ask us about a custom oral appliance.
Do I still need to see my general dentist while undergoing orthodontic treatment?
Yes! It is extremely important to maintain regular visits with your dentist while you are wearing braces. They will help you keep your teeth and gums healthy during treatment.
Will I have dietary restrictions while in braces?
Yes. There are certain foods that you will want to avoid while wearing braces. These include hard, crunchy, or sticky foods that can break or damage brackets and wires. We will provide you with a complete list of your dietary requirements.
Why is it best to see an orthodontic specialist?
While there are some general dental practices that offer braces, orthodontists have had extensive training in the field of orthodontics. When you undergo any type of orthodontic treatment, it can result in permanent, irreversible changes. Moving teeth is a delicate and detailed task, and should only be performed by a doctor who has been specially trained in these practices.
Call Us to Learn More
These are just a few of the basics. If you have further questions that were not addressed in this list of FAQs, reach out to a team member. You can call one of our two Suffolk, VA office locations, or contact us online anytime.