At CFS Braces, we pride ourselves on providing the highest quality orthodontic care in a relaxed, friendly environment. To our doctors and highly trained team of orthodontic specialists, patient education is a high priority. Read on for a list of some of the most common questions we receive and their answers.
1. What's an orthodontist?
An orthodontist has completed years of extra schooling beyond dental school, granting them an advanced education in the special tools, skills, and techniques of guiding tooth movement and facial development.
2. How is an orthodontist different from a general dentist?
An orthodontist takes an extra three years of graduate school training, in addition to the eight years of undergrad and dental school it takes to become a dentist. In addition, our doctors regularly complete continuing education courses to stay abreast of the latest developments in orthodontic practice.
3. What's a Board Certified Diplomate?
Only a small percentage of practicing orthodontists in the United States are board certified. We are proud to say that Dr. Flanagan and Dr. Stock have achieved this honor given by the American Board of Orthodontics. They earned this designation as a result of a voluntary process that lets the ABO extensively review an orthodontist's education and provide an intensive assessment of their clinical expertise. Involvement in the certification process is a demonstration of the orthodontist's pursuit of continued proficiency and excellence.
4. Do I need a referral?
No! While many of our patients are referred by a family dentist, it's totally OK to take initiative and schedule your own examination.
5. When should my child have their first visit?
We recommend bringing them in at age seven; while we will likely not begin treatment at this age, this examination allows us to spot any problems that may develop further down the line.
6. Won't my teeth get better naturally over time?
No - unfortunately, problematic malocclusions tend to get worse, not better, with age.
7. How do I schedule a first examination?
Just call our office and ask for a new patient appointment. We'll take it from there! Please have your dental insurance information available for this call; that will let us file a pre-approval plan and help us more accurately estimate costs.
Check out our First Visit page for complete information.
8. What will happen during my first visit?
We'll get to know you and help you get acclimated to our office, take necessary photographs and X-rays, and then your doctor will complete a thorough orthodontic examination. Based on all of that information, we'll make a diagnosis and discuss your options with you.
9. What will I learn at my first visit?
We'll cover five main questions:
- Is there a problem? What is it?
- How can we fix the problem?
- Do we need to extract any teeth?
- How long will my treatment last?
- How much will all of it cost?
11. How long does treatment take?
Treatment times vary greatly from person to person, but in general the range from 12 to 30 months with an average of 22 months.
12. How much will everything cost? Are there financing options? What about insurance?
We can't know what treatment will cost until we complete a full examination, but we'll discuss the exact cost, financial options, insurance coverage, and any other questions you may have during your initial examination.
13. How often do I need appointments?
Appointment frequency varies by patient, but most patients with braces will come in every six to ten weeks.
14. Can all my appointments take place outside school hours?
We have a lot of patients and a limited time to schedule them so we can't guarantee that every appointment will be after school. Thankfully, because appointments are so infrequent, most patients will miss very little school for their treatment. That said, we try our best to accommodate all of our patients' scheduling needs.
15. What if I need to cancel an appointment?
While we ask that you make every effort to keep your regular appointments, we fully understand how busy you are. If you need to cancel, please call our office as soon as possible to reschedule.
16. Are braces painful?
Usually, braces aren't "painful." Sometimes, teeth can be sore for a few days after a visit, in which case over the counter pain medications like Advil or Tylenol are great for easing discomfort. Thankfully though, most patients don't experience discomfort after most appointments.
17. Can I go back to school the same day I get braces?
Absolutely! You can always return to school after your orthodontic appointment.
18. Will I need shots?
No, we don't administer shots for orthodontic treatment.
20. Can I still participate in sports?
Yes, just be sure to wear a mouthguard to protect your appliances.
21. Do I still need dental appointments during treatment?
Certainly, dental appointments are vital during treatment. Your dentist will determine how frequently you need to see them.
22. Are there foods I should avoid?
Without a doubt. You'll receive detailed instructions at the start of your treatment, but we ask that you avoid hard foods like ice or raw veggies and sticky foods like gum or taffy.
23. How frequently do I need to brush my teeth with braces?
We ask that you brush your teeth at least four times daily: after each meal and before bed. We'll give you detailed instructions on brushing and flossing with braces.
24. What if I have an emergency?
Orthodontic emergencies are rare, but if you're in extreme pain from your braces or if something breaks, please call us. If we can't solve the issue by phone, we'll make an appointment for you right away.
25. Can you treat children with baby teeth?
While it's uncommon, some orthodontic problems will require early intervention. Usually, though, we can simply follow the patient's growth until the time is right for treatment.
26. How does Phase One (early) Treatment work?
Early treatment is uncommon, but if necessary it occurs between ages seven and ten and lasts 12-21 months. This treatment serves to address significant orthodontic problems and prevent them from developing into severe issues.
27. Do children need braces again after Phase One treatment?
Usually yes; it's best to assume your child will need a second phase of treatment.
28. Are expanders necessary?
We'll make this determination after the initial examination.
29. Can I still get braces as an adult?
Absolutely! It's true what they say; it's never too late for a beautiful smile. In fact, more than 25% of our patients are adults.
30. What if I have crowns or missing teeth?
No problem. A crowned tooth will move the same way as a tooth with a simple filling, and spacers can be used when a patient is missing teeth.
31. Why do I need an orthodontic specialist?
Orthodontic treatment makes permanent, irreversible changes to the teeth and facial structures. This means it's vital to have treatment completed by someone with the proper knowledge and training to ensure that all issues are correctly dealt with.
Contact Your Fayetteville, NY Orthodontic Specialists
Have more questions about braces or your orthodontic health? We're here to help. Feel free to reach out to us at our contact page or schedule an appointment at any of our three locations. We can't wait to hear from you!