Frequently Asked Questions
A. Orthodontics (also referred to as dentofacial orthopedics) is a specialized form of dentistry, focusing on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial abnormalities.
A. An orthodontist is a dental specialist who has received three years of additional training in residency. Your orthodontist is able to straighten teeth, correct misaligned jaw structure, and improve the function of your smile.
A. If you want to improve the look and feel of your smile, then any age can be a great age to see the orthodontist. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children first visit an orthodontist around the age of 7; however, orthodontic treatment is not exclusive to children and teens (about one in every five orthodontic patients is 21 or over). Whether you’re considering treatment for yourself, or for a child, any time is a good time to visit the orthodontist.
- ALWAYS remember to brush your teeth after every meal and floss at least once a day.
- Make sure to use toothpaste that contains fluoride; over the counter fluoride rinses are helpful, too. These will help prevent cavities!
- If you take out your retainer to eat, brush your teeth, and floss, then remember to keep it safe in its container so that it does not get lost or broken… or become your pet’s chew toy!
- Keep your retainer clean by brushing it gently with a toothbrush and toothpaste. You may also use denture cleaner twice a week. Do not use boiling water, the dishwasher, alcohol, or peroxide.
- During your treatment, try to avoid foods with a lot of sugar (sugar increases the amount of bacteria that grows in your mouth, causing more plaque and possibly cavities).
- Avoid sticky and chewy foods (caramel, chewing gum, gummy bears), hard foods (hard candy, nuts, ice cubes), or any foods that could possibly get stuck in your braces (corn on the cob, chewy bagels, ribs, taffy, etc.). See our complete lists of foods to avoid and foods you can eat.
- Be sure to schedule your routine checkups with your family dentist. It is recommended that you continue to visit the dentist every six months.
A. Your orthodontist uses braces to help you improve the look and feel of your smile! Depending on your treatment plan, you may have several different types of braces to choose from, including:
- Ceramic porcelain braces
- Gold/Silver/Colored braces
- Clear aligners
A. The amount of time spent in braces can vary depending on the individual patient. Every patient responds differently to treatment. Treatment times can take anywhere from 9-30 months; however, most standard treatments are 24 months.
A. Braces usually do not hurt; however, you may feel a small amount of discomfort for a couple days as your teeth, gums, cheeks, and mouth gets used to your new braces.
A. With braces, you should brush your teeth at least three times a day to keep your teeth, gums, and mouth healthy and clean. Brushing regularly will help remove any food that may be caught between the braces. You should also floss daily to get between your braces where your brush isn’t able to reach. Dr. Pincofski can show you how to properly brush and floss once your braces are placed. We also offer an autoflosser which is easier and less time consuming than traditional floss.
A. Yes! In fact, it’s even more important that patients receiving orthodontic treatment visit their dentist regularly. It takes more time to effectively clean while wearing braces. Bacteria can build up and lead to cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease. Your dentist will work closely with Dr. Pincofski to make sure that your teeth stay clean and healthy while wearing braces.
Q. Will my braces interfere with my school activities, such as sports, playing an instrument, or singing?
A. Playing an instrument or a contact sport may require some adjustment when you first get your braces, but wearing braces will not stop you from participating in any of your school activities. If you play a contact sport, it is recommended that you wear a boilable/remoldable mouthguard to protect your braces or appliance.
A. Simply call our practice! Our staff is always happy to help you schedule your appointment at your convenience. If you are a new patient or have been referred to our practice, please let us know, and we will provide you with all of the information you need.