As you’re beginning your orthodontic journey, you probably have some pressing questions. At Feinstein 360 Orthodontics, we think communication is important, so we’re always available to answer any questions that might pop up during your treatment. Here are answers to some commonly asked questions to get you started.

Why should I see an orthodontic specialist for braces or Invisalign?

After completing four years of college and four years of dental school, orthodontic specialists continue on for another three years of additional training. During this training, they focus on the diagnosis, prevention, and correction of improperly aligned teeth and bites. That’s a lot of additional education! Every orthodontist is a dentist, but not every dentist is also an orthodontist. This is an important distinction because the additional years spent in training allow an orthodontist to become an expert in providing safe and effective treatment that will correct bites, straighten teeth, guide and modify jaw growth, and properly align the jaws.

What is the best time to see an orthodontist?

While any time is a great time to begin your orthodontic journey, it is ideal to visit an orthodontist around the age of seven. At this time, the orthodontist will be able to see how the mouth is starting to take shape, as there should be a mix of baby and permanent teeth. The orthodontist can identify any issues with how the jaw is growing and make recommendations to correct certain habits, such as thumbsucking and tongue thrust.

If you didn’t receive treatment as a child, don’t worry – it’s never too late to get your ideal smile.

How will orthodontic treatment change my life?

Orthodontic treatment will change your life for the better by increasing your confidence and improving your oral health. We can’t wait to watch you flaunt your Feinest smile!

How do I know which treatment option is right for me?

Dr. Feinstein and her staff will walk you through all of the treatment options available and help you determine which is the most ideal for your situation. No two smiles are the same, and no two treatment plans are, either. Dr. Feinstein will take the time to answer all your questions and address any concerns you have so you can be confident you’ve chosen the right option.

How long will my treatment take?

There is no quick answer to this question. The amount of time you will spend in treatment is dependent on several factors:

  • The age you are at treatment time
  • Type of treatment chosen
  • Severity of malocclusion
  • How well your body responds to treatment
  • Your compliance with your treatment plan

Is orthodontic treatment painful?

We don’t like the word pain at Feinstein 360 Orthodontics – we never want our patients to experience pain. You will feel pressure in your mouth during your treatment. This is normal and to be expected as your teeth are moving. In fact, it tells you your treatment is working! On the day you get your braces placed and after adjustment appointments, you will feel some pressure in your mouth. This pressure goes away quickly, typically within 48 hours, and can easily be managed with an over-the-counter pain reliever.

Will I need rubber bands?

Rubber bands are used to help us achieve certain tooth movements so that we can give you your perfect bite. They ensure that the top and bottom teeth fit together properly. Most orthodontic patients will wear rubber bands at some point during their treatment. How long you’ll need to wear them is dependent on how much correction your bite needs, Rubber bands are an important component of your treatment, so we will explain how and when to wear them so you’ll be ready when the time comes.

How often will I need to see you during my treatment?

For our patients in braces, we typically schedule appointments every six to eight weeks. For our Invisalign patients, these appointments can be every six to 12 weeks. We are also happy to schedule virtual appointments as needed to fit into your busy life.

Do I still need to visit my regular dentist while I’m in braces?

Yes! Your oral health is important, now more than ever. We can’t get the result we want if your teeth aren’t healthy, so it’s important to maintain your regular visits with your dentist throughout your time in orthodontic treatment.

What foods do I need to avoid, and why?

Hard, sticky and chewy foods – caramels, Starbursts, Skittles, taffies, hard candies, buts, popcorn, crunchy pizza crust, tortilla chips, and crunchy bread

Foods that you eat with your front teeth – corn on the cob, whole apples, carrots

Avoiding these foods is to protect your treatment. These types of foods can damage your brackets and wires, which can add extended time to your treatment or add unnecessary trips to our office.