Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Take a look below at the answers to some of the most common questions about orthodontic treatment. If your question isn't answered, feel free to call or stop by our office and our friendly team will be happy to assist you. We want you to feel at ease while receiving orthodontic treatment here so that we can work together as a team to achieve a healthy and beautiful smile!
At what age should children begin seeing an orthodontist?
Unless there are special circumstances, children under 7 can wait for orthodontic work. If you are an adult, it is never too late to straighten up your healthy teeth and gain confidence in your smile.
What can I expect in treatment?
You may be unsure of what will happen at the orthodontist. First, you'll have models or impressions taken, as well as photographs and radiographs using state of the art equipment.
Then, a plan will be formulated that may first include a palatal expander, partial braces, or other treatment. Finally, your full braces will be applied and future visits scheduled.
What can I expect at an initial visit?
During this complimentary examination, Dr. Silversmith will examine your mouth to see which stage of development your mouth is in, if there are any extra or missing teeth, the relationship of the upper and lower jaws, and more. Dr. Silversmith will also discuss his diagnosis, treatment options, payment plans, and any other concerns you may have. If you are not quite ready to begin treatment, we will monitor your dental development to determine when and if treatment is necessary.
Does Dr. Silversmith see adults?
Yes. Dr. Silversmith treats patients of all ages. Healthy teeth can be moved at any age.
Which foods should I avoid with braces or orthodontic appliances?
- Sticky foods such as caramel, toffee, licorice, gummy bears, Now & Laters®, Starbursts®, or Tootsie Rolls®.
- Gum (even if it's sugarless!)
- Hard foods such as nuts, popcorn, corn on the cob, bagels, pizza crusts, jerky, hard pretzels or candy, ice, apples or carrots. (unless cooked or cut into small pieces)
How do I keep my teeth healthy during orthodontic treatment?
You'll learn there are many ways to keep your teeth healthy while wearing braces. Avoid sugar and sticky foods like gum, candy, popcorn, nuts, jerky, and other hard to chew foods that can damage your braces and get underneath causing cavities.
Brush your teeth and see your regular dentist as usual. Call anytime for inquiries!
Where can I go to find more information about orthodontic treatment?
The American Association of Orthodontics (AAO) has a comprehensive website about orthodontic treatment, including information about its history, practice, benefits, and much more.
What are the steps in orthodontic treatment?
- After an initial examination, our office will take models or impressions, as well as photographs and radiographs (x-rays) using state of the art digital imaging in order to collect information to formulate an effective plan for your treatment.
- In some cases, early intervention may involve an orthodontic appliance such as a palatal expander, partial braces, or other treatment to prepare your mouth for braces.
- Braces are bonded onto your teeth and treatment is carried out by a series of adjustment to the wires.
- After your braces are removed, a retainer holds your teeth in their corrected position.
What else can I do to keep my teeth healthy and prevent damage to my braces or appliance?
- Brush and floss your teeth well for three minutes, three times a day.
- Visit your general dentist for regular examinations and hygiene procedures.
- Eat much less sugary foods such as ice cream, cake, and candy.
- Drink much less soda and other sugary drinks.
- Avoid chewing on pens, pencils, fingernails or anything else that is not food.