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Common Questions


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Questions About Braces From Moms and Dads Like You

 

When should my child first see the orthodontist?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that a child gets his or her first checkup by an Arizona orthodontist by age seven. Some orthodontists in Arizona begin braces and orthodontic treatment much sooner than that. We do not. Why? Because years of research and experience show that most children gain nothing by beginning braces before second grade. Rarely, a family dentist or physician recommends that we see a younger child in order to assess them. Usually, parents that bring their young kids to us for an evaluation often sigh with relief to hear that braces and orthodontic treatment can wait for a while. If you feel unsure about your own child, please contact us for more information!

Can we put off treating our child with braces?

We cannot make your decisions, but we strongly recommend you never put off braces and orthodontic treatment if your child needs it. In doing so, you’ll take a chance of your young one needing extractions or surgery later in life to completely fix their smile. For best results, we recommend that your child has a full evaluation by their 7th birthday. We offer a free initial consultation for braces, as it is crucial to get expert advice about treatment needs, types of braces, and timing before making this important investment for braces.

Request A Free Braces Consultation Today At One Of Our Phoenix Area Orthodontic Offices!

Will my child still be able enjoy the foods and activities they love with braces?

We have a variety of braces to recommend that will fit your child’s lifestyle. Some braces and orthodontic treatment are removable and some stay fixed in place. If you choose fixed braces for a child who plays sports, they will need a mouth guard to protect their new smile. Kids who play wind instruments usually adjust to braces quickly and easily. A child who wears fixed braces will need to avoid hard and sticky foods and cut fruits and veggies into sticks and wedges. Bear in mind that we have a variety of braces and orthodontic treatment options, including virtually invisible braces!

Will other school kids make fun of my child with braces?

Braces have become a way of life for so many, that most children now view them as a rite of passage on their way to teen years. Many kids actually think braces are “cool.”


To learn more about ways our friendly Phoenix area orthodontists can help give your child the smile they’ve been dreaming of, call us at 480.361.4600 to set up an appointment, request an appointment online, or simply reach out via our online contact form. At Premier Orthodontics, we offer a variety of braces and orthodontic treatment options for straight teeth in our Chandler, Maricopa, Casa Grande and Phoenix, AZ orthodontic offices.

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Questions About Braces From Other Young Adults Like YOU

 

How long will I need to wear braces?

Our short answer is, “it depends.” Most people wear braces for 1-2 years. After you get your braces off, we fit you with a special retainer that you wear to ensure you keep your best smile.

I heard there are things I can’t eat with braces on. Is that right?

This really depends on the brand and style of braces you get. You may need to avoid hard and sticky foods so that your braces don’t get damaged. Keep eating your fruits and veggies! Just cut carrots, apples, and similar foods into strips or wedges. With some types of braces, you’ll never need to worry about how to eat the foods you enjoy!

Will I feel pain with braces?

Mainly, you won’t feel pain at your orthodontic appointments. After we adjust your braces, your mouth may feel a little sore – usually just for the next 4 or 5 days. The orthodontic treatment and care we provide help to reduce any pain to a minimum.

Will my new smile after braces make me happy?

We can never promise you happiness, but we know this… Every person we’ve ever taken braces off of – smiles from ear to ear. Some of them shout out with joy and give us a hug. Most of them can’t wait to show their friends. Take a look at these amazing, real-life before and after images and decide for yourself.

To learn more about ways our friendly Phoenix area orthodontists can help give you the smile you’ve been dreaming of,  give our office a call at 480.361.4600 to set up an appointment, request an appointment online, or simply reach out via our online contact form. At Premier Orthodontics, we offer a variety of braces and orthodontic treatment options for straight teeth in our Chandler, Maricopa, Casa Grande and Phoenix, Arizona (AZ) orthodontic offices.

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GENERAL FAQ

What is orthodontics?
What is an orthodontist?
When should my child first see an orthodontist?
Do adults ever get braces and orthodontic treatment?
How will I know if my child needs braces?
What kinds of benefits will my child experience with braces?
How long will my child need braces?
What should we expect on our first visit to your Phoenix area orthodontics office?
Do braces really come in different shapes and sizes?
How long will it take to apply my child’s braces?
Does it hurt to have braces?
Do braces cause sores?
How do I make a saltwater rinse?
Will my child need to do anything special during the first week or so of wearing braces?
Will my child need to brush more with braces?
How do I brush my teeth with braces?
Can my child still play sports with braces?
Will braces interfere with playing brass or wind instruments?
Should my child stop chewing gum with braces?
What foods should my child avoid with braces?
What happens if a bracket comes off my braces?
What happens if a bracket or tie breaks on my braces?
If my child’s braces require rubber bands, do they have to wear them?
Will my child need to wear a retainer?
Should my child see a regular dentist, too?
What type of emergencies or injuries can occur with braces?

Invisalign® FAQ

How will Invisalign® effectively move my child’s teeth?
What are the clear aligners made of, and what do they look like?
How old is the technology?
How many patients are being treated with Invisalign®?
Has the FDA cleared Invisalign®?
Do Invisalign® clear aligners contain Bisphenol-A (BPA)?
How can I learn more about Invisalign®?

What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a specialized branch of dentistry that diagnoses, prevents and treats dental and facial issues, such as “crooked” teeth and jaws that don’t meet properly.

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What is an orthodontist?

We are specially trained dentists who take several extra years of training in order to “straighten teeth,” usually by placing braces in a patient’s mouth. You might say we specialize in smiles.

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When should my child first see an orthodontist?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that a child gets his or her first checkup by a Phoenix area orthodontist by age seven, unless a physician or family dentist notices a good reason to come for evaluation sooner.

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Do adults ever get braces and orthodontic treatment?

We find that people can begin successful braces and orthodontic treatment at any age. In fact, many of our patients’ parents decide to take the plunge with braces and orthodontic treatment – with great smile results!

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How will I know if my child needs braces?

Only an orthodontist is qualified to let you know for sure. Call us today for a free consultation for braces at any of our five conveniently located orthodontic offices in the Phoenix, AZ area!

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How long will my child need braces?

This really depends on the seriousness of their issue and the types of braces you choose for them. A happy medium is 1-2 years. We suggest you keep all appointments and make sure that your child brushes and flosses properly. Doing these things regularly and well can sometimes shorten their time in braces.

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What should we expect on the first visit to your Phoenix area orthodontics office?

When you come in for a complimentary evaluation, we will determine with you the best course of orthodontic treatment, and discuss insurance and the cost of braces. If you decide you’d like to move forward, we can take X-rays of your child’s mouth and make an appointment to begin creating that perfect smile with braces.

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Do braces really come in different shapes and sizes?

They do. In fact, some braces even make a fashion statement! We have different types of braces to offer besides traditional metal braces: speed braces, clear braces – even “invisible” braces. See our Orthodontic Treatment page for the different types of braces we offer.

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How long will it take to apply my child’s braces?

Different styles of braces have different application processes.  You can plan on around 50 minutes to an hour and a half.

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Does it hurt to have braces?

Today’s brackets and bands usually cause little to no discomfort. For the first two or three days after we put your child’s braces on or tighten them, their mouth may feel a little sore. Please give us a call right away if they feel chronic or lasting pain so that we can treat it quickly. Taking aspirin or ibuprofen about an hour before coming in to see us can also help keep soreness to a minimum.

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Do braces cause sores?

At first braces may cause sores. We will provide a soft piece of wax to cover a brace or wire that may be irritating your child’s mouth. You can also rinse their mouth with warm salt water to help the sores go away.

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How do I make a saltwater rinse?

To make a salt water rinse, mix ½ teaspoon of table salt in one cup of warm water. Stir until the salt is completely dissolved. Gently swish about ¼ of the cup in your mouth for 30 seconds. Make sure you force the water over the areas that feel sore. Then spit the water into the sink. Repeat until the entire cup is gone.

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Will my child need to do anything special during the first week or so of wearing braces?

Yes, we recommend that they eat soft foods only during that first week of wearing braces. Also, please encourage them to spend more time cleaning their teeth and braces.

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Will my child need to brush more with braces?

Because food gets trapped in braces and wires, taking care of teeth takes on added importance. Make sure your child brushes very well following every meal and flosses once a day. We may also recommend using a gel at bedtime.

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How do I brush my teeth with braces?

Now that you have braces, you must be sure to brush your teeth and gums better than ever before. Extra care must be taken in the area between the gums and your braces. Food that collects around your braces and wires can cause swollen gums, permanent stains (decalcification or white spots), and cavities.

  • Brush your teeth with a medium nylon toothbrush after you eat and before bed.
  • Brush, rinse, and look; if you find any areas that are not clean, brush them again.
  • Brush your gums as you brush your teeth (massages and stimulates).
  • If no toothpaste is available, brush without.
  • If you are unable to brush, rinse your mouth vigorously with water.
  • Replace your old toothbrush when it gets worn out.
  • It is absolutely essential that you continue regular visits to your family dentist for checkups and cleanings throughout your orthodontic treatment!

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Can my child still play sports with braces?

Certainly! But you’ll need to make sure they wear an orthodontic mouth guard to protect their mouth and braces.

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Will braces interfere with playing brass or wind instruments?

Your child will still enjoy playing their instrument, but it may take a while to adjust at first. We provide them with a small lump of wax to cover their braces until they get accustomed to playing with them on.

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Should my child stop chewing gum with braces?

We strongly recommend they do because gum sticks to braces and can cause damage. In addition, sugary gum causes cavities. Some sugar-free gums may be okay. Ask us!

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What foods should my child avoid with braces?

Your child wearing braces should stay away from hard, crunchy, gooey or sticky foods that can cause braces to loosen, bend or break off. You can cut most raw fruits and vegetables into wedges or sticks before they eat them.

After your braces have been placed, the teeth will be tender to biting pressure for 5 to 10 days. Of course, this can vary with different patients. During this period of tenderness, softer foods are recommended, such as soups, macaroni, spaghetti, fish, eggs, yogurt, Jell-O, smoothies, etc. Tylenol or Advil will help relieve any discomfort. Warm salt-water rinses are also helpful. Use the soft white wax where it is needed.

Hard and sticky foods will break off brackets, bend wires, and loosen bands, which will extend your total treatment time. Foods high in sugar can cause cavities, tartar build-up, and ugly stains on your teeth. So, what can you do? You must limit your diet to softer, healthy foods. There are certain types of foods that must be avoided during your time in braces:

AVOID HARD FOODS WITH BRACES
Ice, nuts, popcorn, peanut brittle, rock candy, apples & carrots (unless cut into pieces), corn on the cob, hard pretzels, hard rolls, bagels, hard tacos, corn chips.

AVOID STICKY FOODS WITH BRACES
Jolly Ranches, caramels, bubble gum, taffy, suckers, Starburst candy, Dots / jelly candies.

AVOID CHEWY FOODS WITH BRACES
Pizza crust, crusty breads, beef jerky, gummy bears, avoid chewing on pens and pencils.

AVOID SUGARY FOODS & DRINKS WITH BRACES
Cake, ice cream, cookies, pie, candy, soda pop, drinks with sugar.

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What happens if a bracket comes off my braces?

You can take care of this problem yourself by cleaning around the loose bracket or removing it from the wire. Then call us to set up an appointment to attach another one.

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What happens if a bracket or tie breaks on my braces?

Please contact us through our website form or call us at one of our 5 convenient locations:

Chandler / Gilbert: 480.360.5043
Maricopa: 520.448.0994
Casa Grande: 520.428.7489
North Phoenix / Scottsdale: 480.568.3146
Central Phoenix: 602.497.4352

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If my child’s braces require rubber bands, do they have to wear them?

We put the bands in place to move your child’s teeth up and down, forward or backward. Not wearing them might add weeks or months to treatment time.

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Will my child need to wear a retainer?

Retainers keep your child’s teeth straight after their braces come off. If your child doesn’t wear one their teeth will move, and that could jeopardize the treatment.

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Should my child see a regular dentist, too?

Absolutely! Cleanings and checkups matter a lot while a child wears braces. If your child has no pediatric dentist at this time, we can help. Doctor Amy loves kids and has special training and dental instruments to care for their little teeth and gums.

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What type of emergencies or injuries can occur with braces?

While we recognize that orthodontic “emergencies” are not life-and-death situations, we also understand that situations may occur that cause discomfort. Perhaps a wire will break or you accidentally eat something that causes a problem. We have provided the information below to help you prevent those types of emergencies and also to answer some of the most common questions regarding these special situations.

If you are experiencing an orthodontic emergency with your braces that can’t wait for regular office hours, you may contact our on-call emergency staff at 480.361.4600. Please follow the prompts given by our automated attendant so that you can be directed to the emergency call center.

Teeth, when moving, can be really tender for about a week after the initial placement of the orthodontic appliances and also after each adjustment. Discomfort can be relieved by over-the-counter pain relievers such as Tylenol or Motrin. Follow the dosage recommendations and any additional precautions as listed on the bottle. Some patients find it helpful to take the first dose at the appointment time to help prevent some of the discomfort to come when the teeth start to move.

During the first two weeks, the inside of your cheeks will be tender because they are not used to the braces. As time goes by, the inside of the cheeks will toughen up and adjust to the braces. While the cheeks are still overly sensitive, using wax on the rough spots can be very helpful. Warm saltwater rinses are also helpful, which soothe the cheek lining.

Some inconveniences while going through treatment with braces are normal. Many times repairs can be put off until your next regular appointment. Of course, we are here to serve you and encourage you to call any time you have a question.

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How will Invisalign® effectively move my child’s teeth?

Like brackets and arch wires are to braces, Invisalign® aligners move teeth through the appropriate placement of controlled force on your teeth. The main difference is that Invisalign® not only controls forces, but also the timing of the force application. During each stage, only certain teeth are allowed to move. These movements are determined by your doctor as he or she maps out your child’s unique Invisalign® treatment plan.

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What are clear aligners made of, and what do they look like?

The virtually invisible aligners, which are made of a thermoplastic material uniquely developed for the Invisalign® treatment plan, look similar to tooth-whitening trays. Invisalign® aligners are custom-made for you and only you to move your teeth in the sequence determined by your Phoenix area orthodontist.

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How old is the Invisalign® technology?

In 1945, Dr. H.D. Kesling envisioned that one day modern technology would enable the use of a series of tooth positioners to produce the kinds of movements required for comprehensive orthodontic treatment. Technology has made this vision a reality. Using advanced computer technology, Align Technology produces Invisalign®, a series of customized clear appliances, or aligners. Each clear aligner is worn sequentially by the patient to produce extensive tooth movements in both upper and lower arches.

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How many patients are being treated with Invisalign®?

More than 1,000,000 patients worldwide have been treated with Invisalign®. The number of Invisalign® smiles grows daily.

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Has the FDA cleared Invisalign®?

Invisalign® clear aligners are classified as Class II medical devices by the FDA, and Align Technology, Inc. has held the necessary 510K clearance from the FDA since 1998 to be able to sell and market the Invisalign® system.

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Do Invisalign® aligners contain Bisphenol-A (BPA)?

No. Invisalign® clear aligners and Vivera Retainers do not contain Bisphenol-A or phthalate plasticizers. These aligners and retainers are made with USP Class VI medical grade, high molecular weight, polyurethane resins. Tests have been conducted to determine the biocompatibility of these materials, and show that they are biocompatible and pass all applicable regulatory requirements and thresholds for human wear in the mouth. Of course, as with any medical device, you should consult with your health professional about your aligner or retainer treatment and any applicable risks of use.

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Your Top Rated and Favorite Phoenix Area Orthodontists ...
“Dr. Coles and his staff are caring and professional! I would definitely recommend this office for any orthodontic needs.”
Dana P.
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“Completely different experience then I had as a child at my orthodontist. Its refreshing to have a place that really cares in our small town!”
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“This office is awesome, friendly staff and doctor. I love the free cookies and coffee. I’m going to recommend this place to all my friends and family.”
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“I just started taking my 5yo here and he needed a lot of work. The staff here has done an awesome job of making him comfortable during some tough procedures. After 3 pretty intense visits, he still walks right in with a smile.”
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