Frequently Asked Orthodontic Questions – Worcester, MA
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Below, you will find several questions that orthodontic patients have had for us ever since we opened. Dr. Moon and the rest of her orthodontic team have provided detailed answers as well. We hope that the information you find on this page enables you to make a more informed decision on your future care.
When should my child come in for an orthodontic exam?
We recommend bringing your child in for their first orthodontic consultation once they reach the age of seven. This is an age where they are still losing baby teeth and when orthodontic problems become easy to catch. We can also better influence the way their jaw and underlying bone develop moving forward.
Will I need to wear a retainer after braces?
You will need to have a retainer following your orthodontic treatment. If teeth are not given the attention they need, they can easily relapse and move back to their crooked positions. Retainers prevent this from occurring in the first place. You will need to have the retainer worn for at least 23 hours a day. When eating or performing oral care, you may remove it.
Are metal braces my only option for straightening teeth?
If you are an adult or teenager who is worried about appearances with orthodontics, you should consider transparent solutions like Invisalign, clear/ceramic braces, and self-ligating braces. These options are viable alternatives to metal brackets and wires and all have their own unique advantages during orthodontic care. During your initial consultation, we’ll figure out which ones are most suitable for your unique case.
How should I finance my orthodontic care?
We accept all dental plans at our orthodontic office, including MassHealth. We will file all necessary claims on your behalf so that you can get the best coverage possible. With that said, those without coverage can also apply for third-party financing through LendingPoint. The handy dental care savings app known as Chewsi can also prove to be useful.
Will getting braces hurt?
During the actual placement process, there is virtually no discomfort. Braces function by applying pressure to teeth, which is why soreness is pretty normal over the first few days after they been placed and adjusted. If needed, we encourage you to take over-the-counter medication to reduce any discomfort. Call our orthodontic office right away if pain becomes severe or doesn’t get better.
How long will my treatment take?
Depending on the treatment, you could only need to wait as little as six months. However, other treatments can take up to three years. The kind of corrections that need to be completed and the type of treatment will influence the length of your care the most.
Do I still need to visit my general dentist?
When braces are covering your teeth, bacteria can still attack your enamel and gums. That means your oral hygiene still requires regular attention. Keep visiting your dentist every six months so they can complete exams and cleanings. We’ll partner with your dentist in order to confirm that your teeth and gums remain healthy. Dental problems like cavities and gum disease can disrupt your orthodontic care otherwise.