Most frequent questions and answers
Your primary responsibility while in orthodontic treatment is to take extra care in keeping your teeth and braces clean so that you don’t develop decalcification (white marks) on your teeth when the braces are removed. Additionally, we ask that you:
- Show up to your appointments on time and calling 24 hours prior if you need to cancel
- Treat your appliances with care
- Wear elastics and removable appliances as instructed
No, orthodontic treatment does not cause gingivitis or caries. Poor oral hygiene and plaque accumulation are the main reason for the development of caries. This is why it is very important to keep your teeth and braces clean during your treatment.
Yes, you can. We can tell you more about your specific needs when you have your initial consultation, but prior dental work does not make you ineligible.
Whitening, or bleaching, of the teeth can cause damage if done too often. We offer two forms of whitening at Kharsa Ortho-Dent and will work with you to make sure you get the maximum benefit without causing damage to your teeth.
Some children never need a second phase of treatment, but many do. We can tell you more when you bring your child for an evaluation.
Phase 1 treatment, also known as early or interceptive treatment is not recommended for the majority of children we evaluate, but when it is, this early phase of treatment is primarily used to address skeletal issues. For example, we use Phase 1 treatment to create space for permanent teeth to come in and to reposition the upper and lower jaw for optimum function and aesthetics.
We cannot move teeth that have not yet erupted. That’s why most orthodontic treatment occurs after the age of 12, when the second set of molars appear. However, baby teeth can be moved orthodontically in order to create the proper space for the adult teeth.
We recommend that you see your family dentist at least twice a year during orthodontic treatment. If you don’t have a family dentist, we can provide the necessary cleanings right in our office during your treatment.
No. We never reuse brackets or wires.
Keeping your teeth clean is always important – and even more so while wearing braces. We recommend that you brush well every morning, before you go to bed and after every meal and snack.
You’ve probably heard from friends and family members who have worn braces that you won’t be able to eat some of your favorite foods while you’re in treatment. That’s true – if your favorite food is hard candy. However, you can eat most anything as long as you avoid things that might cause you to lose a bracket, break a wire, or get tangled up in goo. Here’s a simple, helpful guide to help you avoid any issues.
- Chewy foods — bagels, licorice
- Crunchy foods — popcorn, chips, ice
- Sticky foods — caramel candies, chewing gum (sugar-free gum is okay)
- Foods you have to bite into — corn on the cob, apples, carrots
- Hard foods — nuts, hard candies
- Grains — pasta, soft cooked rice
- Seafood — tuna, salmon, crab cakes
- Dairy — soft cheese, pudding, milk-based drinks
- Breads — soft tortillas, pancakes, mufﬁns without nuts
- Fruits — applesauce, bananas, sliced fruit, most berries (but watch out for seeds)
- Meats/poultry — soft cooked chicken, meatballs, lunch meats
- Vegetables — mashed potatoes, steamed spinach, beans
- Treats — ice cream without nuts, milkshakes, Jell-O, cake
Yes, you can. There’s no reason for you to stop enjoying sports and other activities you enjoy during your treatment. However, we recommend wearing a special mouthguard, designed to “float” over your braces, any time your activity could result in you being hit in the face with a ball or any other form of contact to your face is possible.
The clinic does accept walk-in cases but the wait may be long depending on the schedule that day. So it is always recommended to book an appointment.
At your initial examination appointment, you will have the opportunity to share your treatment goals, meet our team and meet with one of our doctors. This appointment offers an excellent opportunity to get answers to your questions and find out what options are best for you.
To schedule an initial exam you can call the office during normal business hours or, if you prefer, you can fill out the form on the Patient Information Page and we will contact you to set up your appointment.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends having children evaluated between the ages of 7 and 9. However, it’s never too late for orthodontics. We have treated patients from 5 to 85 years of age.
The investment required is dependent on the treatment that is prescribed. However, when you have your initial consultation we can give you specific information about your investment. We do offer payments plans to make your treatment affordable. While we do not accept direct payment from insurance carriers, we will work with you to help you maximize your benefits. Ask us about this when you have your consultation.
The technologies used to straighten teeth and create a healthy, beautiful smile have changed a lot in the past decade. Today, having braces is much more comfortable than it used to be and that is especially true when you get your braces at Kharsa Ortho-Dent. Our doctors have a patient-focused approach and use technologically advanced options that make having braces easier than ever.
The first few days after each appointment some patients experience a little tenderness of the teeth and mouth. Their teeth might even feel a little loose but that’s actually a good thing. After all – they’re on the move. You may want to take some form of pain reliever (what you would normally take for a headache) during this time, but even having a cold drink or enjoying a little ice cream can also provide instant relief.