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Frequently Asked Orthodontic Questions Wayland

Find the Answers to Your Orthodontic Questions

At the beginning of the orthodontic process, you’re sure to have plenty of questions about what to expect. Naturally, our team at Simply Orthodontics Wayland will be happy to answer whatever inquiries are on your mind. But before you give us a call, take the time to see if your question has already been addressed in the FAQs below; you will find a number of topics that a lot of our patients have asked about.

When’s the right time to schedule an orthodontic appointment for your child?

Once your child reaches their seventh birthday, most of their baby teeth should be gone. At this point, it’s a good idea to bring them to our office for an examination. We can check for any alignment issues that your little one might be suffering from and give you our recommendations for treatment.

Does it hurt to wear braces?

You will probably experience some discomfort when you first get your braces as well as after you have them tightened. Fortunately, said discomfort will fade on its own over time, and you can usually keep it under control until then simply by taking an over-the-counter pain reliever. If you would like additional advice for staying as comfortable as possible during orthodontic treatment, let us know.

What does the timeline for orthodontic treatment look like?

The answer to this question can vary based on the type of orthodontic treatment being used to straighten your smile. Additionally, more severe orthodontic issues typically take longer to correct. For some patients the orthodontic process can take as little as six months; in other cases, it may be as long as three years. We can give you a personalized estimate after we’ve taken a closer look at your smile.

Are regular dental appointments still needed even during orthodontic treatment?

Yes, you should still make time to see the dentist while you’re having an orthodontic treatment performed. In general, you should have at least two dental checkups and cleanings every year; that comes out to one dental visit every six months. It’s important to have any oral health issues dealt with promptly long before they can disrupt the orthodontic process.

Should I get braces or Invisalign?

It depends on your circumstances. If you only have mild to moderate corrections you want to make, then Invisalign can be a great option; the clear aligners are less noticeable than traditional braces, and they won’t prevent you from enjoying your favorite foods. That being said, braces may be required if you have particularly severe alignment issues. Our team can help you narrow down which orthodontic treatment is right for you.

Am I too old for braces?

Not at all! About a fifth of orthodontic patients are adults who are at least 21 years old. There’s effectively no upper age limit for braces; that being said, adults often have to wear braces longer than younger patients to achieve the desired results. If you’re an adult and are interested in straightening your smile, feel free to schedule a consultation with us.

Will my dental insurance help pay for braces?

The answer to this question is often “yes,” but you should double-check your plan in order to make sure that you fully understand the specifics of your coverage. Our team can review your benefits with you and help you figure out a strategy for maximizing them.