FAQ

Can I wear braces even though I have crowns and missing teeth?

Yes. A tooth with a crown will move just like a tooth with a simple filling. When teeth are missing, orthodontic treatment will align the remaining teeth. Often when teeth are missing, space will be created so that your general dentist or oral surgeon can place a bridge or an implant.

Why should I choose an orthodontic specialist?

Teeth, and sometimes entire facial structures, are permanently changed by orthodontic treatment. It is important that the treatment be appropriate and properly completed. Orthodontic specialists have extensive and specialized training that enables them to provide their patients with professional, personalized treatments.

What will happen at the initial exam appointment?

When you come to your first appointment, we will have you complete a registration form. Dr. Arnold will then perform an exam and will discuss whether treatment is indicated at this time. If you would like we can check your insurance and let you know of any benefits that might be available. We will also send a letter to your general dentist indicating Dr. Arnold’s findings and recommended treatment. If a patient is not ready for treatment, Dr. Arnold may monitor them twice a year at a no charge check appointment.

How long does orthodontic treatment take?

As you might imagine, every case is different. As a general rule, most Phase I treatments take between 6 -12 months to complete, and Phase II or full treatments take between 18-28 months.

Do braces hurt?

After certain visits, teeth may be sore for a few days. In these situations, pain medications such as Advil or Tylenol will ease the discomfort.

Can I go back to school the day I have my braces placed?

Yes. There is no reason to miss school after an orthodontic appointment.

Can I schedule all of my appointments before or after school or work?

Most of your appointments in our office will be for monthly “adjustments.” These are short 15-minute appointments that are scheduled primarily during the early morning or mid to late afternoon timeframe. We schedule longer appointments (placement and removal of appliances) during school/work hours. By doing this, we do not reserve an entire morning or afternoon for one or two patients, but rather accommodate as many patients as possible during early and late day. 

How often will I be seen once treatment begins?

Most patients are seen every 3 - 7 weeks.

Do I need to see my general dentist while I am in treatment?

Yes. Regular checkups with your family dentist are important while you are in treatment.

Do you use recycled braces?

Absolutely not! Each of our patients is provided with their own braces at all times during treatment.

Can I still play sports?

Yes. We do recommend boil and bite mouth guards be used for sports when indicated.

Can I still play my musical instrument?

Yes, use of wax may be helpful for several weeks until your cheeks adjust. 

What is an emergency appointment?  How are those handled?

If your braces are causing extreme pain or if something breaks, you should call our office. In most cases we can address these issues over the telephone. You should also view our Emergency Info page on our website for temporary solutions. Depending on the situation we will either see you immediately, or on our next patient day. In cases where something is loose, but not causing discomfort, we may fix the problem at your next scheduled appointment.