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  • FAQ

    Bullmoose Orthodontics is always here to help. In order to better serve our patients, we’ve compiled a list of the most commonly asked questions about orthodontic treatment. Have a question or concern not on the list? Our staff is here to help. Feel free to contact our office with any other questions or concerns about the treatment process.

    Orthodontist FAQ

    Yes. Once treatment begins, we will explain the complete instructions and provide a comprehensive list of foods to avoid. Some of those foods include: ice, hard candy, raw vegetables and all sticky foods (i.e. caramel and taffy). You can avoid most emergency appointments to repair broken or damaged braces by carefully following our instructions.
    The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic screening at age 7. By this age, several permanent teeth in most children have erupted, allowing us to effectively evaluate your orthodontic condition.
    Yes. We highly recommend a mouth guard for all sports.
    Yes. A tooth with a crown will move just like a tooth with a simple filling. When teeth are missing, orthodontic treatment will aid in the alignment of the remaining teeth prior to replacement of absent teeth.
    Yes. Significant orthodontic problems require early intervention. Being pro-active reduces many complications later.
    Generally, braces do not “hurt.” After certain visits, teeth may be sore for a few days. In these situations, pain medications such as Tylenol will ease the discomfort. However, after most visits, patients do not feel any soreness at all!
    Yes, it is absolutely mandatory to receive regular dental cleanings with orthodontic appliances in place. Your daily brushing can only reach the surfaces above the gumline, your dentist or hygienist needs to get the hidden, deeper areas around the appliances and under the gum line to avoid the bacterial damage of plaque. Ask your dentist how often you should be seen while in braces.
    Absolutely not! It is our belief that each patient should be provided with their own braces to achieve the best orthodontic result possible.
    Simply call our office, send us an e-mail or fill out our appointment request form online. We will be happy to schedule an appointment for you. When you call to schedule your appointment, our front office staff will request some basic information from you.
    Treatment time obviously depends on each patient’s specific orthodontic problem. In general, treatment times range from 12 to 30 months. The “average” time frame a person is in braces is approximately 22 months.
    It is impossible to give an exact cost for treatment until we have examined you. We will cover the exact cost and financial options during your consultation. We have many financing options available to accommodate your needs, and we will review these with you. We will also review your insurance policy and help to maximize your benefit and file your claims.
    Patients should brush their teeth at least four times each day – after each meal and before going to bed. We will show each patient how to floss their teeth with braces and may also provide a prescription for a special fluoride, if necessary.
    Appointments are scheduled according to each patient’s needs. Most patients in braces will be seen every four to six weeks. If there are specific situations that require more frequent monitoring, we will schedule appointments accordingly.
    No, it is not. Many of our patients are referred by their family dentist, yet many other patients take the initiative to schedule an examination with an orthodontist themselves.
    A surprising percentage of our patients are adults. In fact, 25 percent of all orthodontic patients are adults. Health, happiness and self-esteem are vitally important to adults. No patient is “too old” to wear braces!
    If your braces are causing significant pain or if something breaks, you should call our office. In most cases, we can address these issues over the telephone. If you require an emergency appointment, we will set aside time for you. Please call ahead, we will always accommodate you.
    Upon arriving, each patient and parent will be seen by the staff and doctor who will acclimate you to our office and prepare for the initial exam. We may ask to take necessary photographs and X-rays to allow us to make a proper diagnosis. The doctor will then complete a brief, but thorough, exam. To read more about your first visit, see our First Visit page.
    There are 7 essential questions we cover during our initial examination:
    • Is there an orthodontic problem? What is it? When should treatment start?
    • What must be done to correct the problem?
    • Can we avoid tooth extractions? Surgeries?
    • How long will the treatment take to complete?
    • How much will the treatment cost?
    • How does my insurance or flexible spending accounts fit in?
    • What payment arrangements are possible?
    Teeth, and sometimes entire facial structures, are permanently changed by orthodontic treatment. It is important that the treatment be appropriate and properly completed. Orthodontic specialists have extensive and specialized training that enables them to provide their patients with professional, personalized, efficient and more lasting treatment plans.
    Removing teeth is sometimes required to achieve the best orthodontic result. Straight teeth and a balanced facial profile are the goal of orthodontics. However, because new technology has provided advanced orthodontic procedures, removing teeth is not always necessary for orthodontic treatment.
    At the completion of the initial examination, we will determine whether a patient will need an expander.
    It is best to assume that your child will need full braces even after Phase One treatment. The period following Phase One treatment is called the “resting period,” during which growth and tooth eruption are closely monitored. Throughout this period, parents and patients will be kept informed of future treatment recommendations.
    No, they will not. The space available for the front teeth does not increase as you grow. In most people, after the permanent molars erupt, the space available for the front teeth decreases with age.