Frequently Asked Questions
How much do braces cost?
One of the most commonly asked orthodontic questions is regarding pricing. At our practice, prices vary depending on multiple factors. Expenses can also vary based on treatment options (braces vs. Invisalign), and insurance plans. Here at Parkfield Orthodontics, we have awesome payment plans that can fit any budget!
Do braces hurt?
Getting braces put on does not cause the patient any pain whatsoever. For the first few days, at most a week, you may feel some tightness occurring as your mouth adjusts to the change. Any over the counter pain medications such as Tylenol will help with the mild discomfort.
What can I eat with braces?
Eating with braces at first can be a bit tricky while adjusting to your new eating habits. We recommend staying away from anything hard or crunchy to help avoid breaking a bracket. Watching your sugar intake is also key while wearing braces to avoid cavities and decalcification (white spots).
How do I care for my braces?
Caring for your braces means caring for your overall dental health. It is very important that you take your time cleaning around your brackets and wires where plaque likes to hide! We recommended brushing your teeth about 3 times a day while wearing braces and flossing at least once a day. Fluoride rinse is also recommended to help prevent cavities.
When patients get their braces on at Parkfield Orthodontics, we give them a goody bag filled with items that will help them care for their braces.
Do I still need to see my regular dentist while I’m getting orthodontic treatment?
You do — in fact, it’s more important than ever! Keeping teeth free of plaque (and potentially, decay) can be challenging when you’re wearing braces. Your dentist can help you avoid these problems with frequent cleanings and exams.
How often do I have appointments?
Towards the beginning of treatment we typically see most patients every 8 weeks. As treatment progresses we will start seeing patients more often between 4-6 weeks depending on how everything is progressing.
What happens when my braces come off?
Retainers after orthodontic treatment are extremely important in maintaining the smile you worked so hard for. After your removal appointment, we will take impressions of your teeth so we can make your retainers to take home that same day. Retainers are to be worn for as long as you would like your teeth to stay straight.
Is orthodontic treatment necessary?
Orthodontic treatment not only improves the aesthetic appearance of your smile, but also helps you to achieve a healthy bite. Misaligned teeth can lead to health problems such as gum disease, tooth decay, and breakage. Correcting the alignment of your teeth will ultimately improve long term health of you teeth, gums, and jaw joints.
Will I be able to play sports/play my instrument?
In a word: Yes. Of course, whether you wear braces or not, we recommend you wear a mouth guard when playing most sports. Musicians are generally able to play their instruments just as they did before, but they may need a short adjustment period after getting braces.