Frequently Asked Questions

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What does it mean to be ABO-certified?

To become ABO-certified, an orthodontist must complete additional years of study and training beyond their dental education, and they must also pass both written and clinical exams that evaluate their proficiency in orthodontic diagnosis and treatment.

What is the ideal age to start orthodontic treatment?

The ideal age to start orthodontic treatment varies depending on the individual patient, but the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children have their first orthodontic evaluation by age 7.

What are some common orthodontic issues that can be treated with braces or aligners?

Some common orthodontic issues that can be treated with braces or aligners include overcrowding, gaps between teeth, overbite, underbite, crossbite, and open bite. Braces or aligners can also correct jaw alignment issues and help with speech or eating problems caused by dental misalignment.

How often should I visit the orthodontist during treatment?

It's important to note that the frequency of orthodontic appointments may vary depending on the specific case and treatment plan. Dr. G will determine how often you need to come in for appointments based on your individual needs and treatment progress. We will provide you with a recommended schedule of appointments and any necessary instructions to ensure you achieve the best possible results from your orthodontic treatment.

How much does orthodontic treatment typically cost?

At our office, we understand that the cost of treatment can be a concern for many patients and their families. The cost of orthodontic treatment can vary depending on the type of treatment, the length of treatment, and each patient's individual needs. Traditional metal braces tend to be the most affordable option, while clear aligners such as Invisalign can be more costly.

Will orthodontic treatment affect my daily routine or activities?

Orthodontic treatment may require some initial adjustments to your daily routine and activities, but most patients are able to adjust and resume normal activities with time. Dr. G will provide tips and recommendations for maintaining oral health and hygiene during treatment.

Will I be seen by the same orthodontist at every appointment?

You can expect to see Dr. G at every appointment at our office. We make every effort to ensure that the same orthodontist sees patients at every appointment. We believe that building a strong relationship between the patient and their orthodontist is crucial to achieving successful treatment outcomes.

What should I do if I have an orthodontic emergency outside of regular office hours?

If you experience an orthodontic emergency outside of regular office hours, such as a broken bracket, loose wire, or other issues that require immediate attention, you should contact our office and follow the instructions provided in our after-hours message. In some cases, we can provide guidance on how to address the issue at home until you can be seen during regular office hours.

How can I maintain good oral hygiene during orthodontic treatment?

Maintaining good oral hygiene during orthodontic treatment is crucial to achieving successful outcomes. You should brush your teeth at least twice daily with fluoride toothpaste and floss daily. Additionally, you should use a "proxy brush" or interdental brush to clean between brackets and wires. Dr. G and our team will provide detailed instructions on how to care for your braces or aligners, and we'll be available to answer any questions you may have throughout your treatment.

What can I expect after my orthodontic treatment is complete?

After your orthodontic treatment is complete, you will enter the retention phase, during which you will wear a retainer to help maintain the new position of your teeth. You will need to wear your retainer as instructed by Dr. G to ensure that your teeth remain in their new positions. During the retention phase, you will also need to continue practicing good oral hygiene habits and visiting your dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings.