Many of our patients have questions about their braces. Drs. Wiltshire and Brassington have provided this page of answers to frequently asked questions to give you more information about your treatment. We welcome you to contact us at 804-740-7281 if you have more questions about braces in Richmond, Virginia, and to make your appointment with our orthodontists at Richmond Orthodontics.
Why is orthodontic treatment important?
Orthodontic treatment provides you with many benefits. Not only does it give you a more attractive smile, it also improves your oral health and makes it easier for you to keep your teeth and gums in good condition. Untreated orthodontic problems can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, bone loss, difficulties with chewing and digesting food, speech impairments, tooth loss, and other dental injuries.
At what age should my child visit the orthodontist for the first time?
It is recommended that children have their initial orthodontic screening at about age 7. Our orthodontists will carefully evaluate their growth and development to determine if and when orthodontic treatment will be necessary.
Are there alternatives to traditional metal braces?
Yes. There are many alternatives to traditional braces available. Our practice offers clear (ceramic) braces as well as Invisalign® to provide you with a more discreet orthodontic treatment.
How long do I need to wear braces?
The length of time you will need to wear braces depends on how much your jaw needs to change and how far your teeth must move. Treatment times vary from patient to patient, but most orthodontic treatments can be completed in an average of 18-30 months. Our orthodontists and team will work to make your treatment as efficient as possible.
How much do braces cost?
The cost of your treatment will depend on the type of treatment you receive and how long the treatment itself takes. We will be able to give you a more accurate estimate following your consultation with our doctors.
Am I too old for braces or other orthodontic treatment?
You are never too old for orthodontic care. As long as your teeth, gums, and bones are healthy, you will be able to receive the treatments you need to enjoy a healthier smile. In fact, approximately 25% of all orthodontic patients today are adults!
Can I wear braces with a dental crown or missing teeth?
Yes. A tooth capped by a dental crown will move exactly the same way that a natural tooth or a tooth with a filling will move. If you are missing teeth, your treatment will aid in the alignment of the remaining teeth.
How often will I need to have appointments with my orthodontist?
Your appointments will be scheduled depending on your needs. Most patients who wear braces visit our office every 6-8 weeks for evaluation and readjustments. If your braces require more frequent attention from our orthodontist, we will help you schedule your appointments accordingly.
Do braces hurt?
No. While you may experience some soreness and discomfort following placement and adjustments, braces should never cause you serious pain. If your braces are causing you severe pain or discomfort that lasts beyond a few days, please contact our office to make an appointment.
Will braces interfere with playing a musical instrument?
No. However, you will need to adjust a little bit due to the presence of braces in your mouth. If playing an instrument while wearing braces is uncomfortable, you can use brace covers.
Do I still need to visit my family dentist while wearing braces?
Absolutely. Regular checkups with your family dentist are important to help you keep your teeth clean and healthy, especially while wearing braces.
How often should I brush my teeth while wearing braces?
We recommend that you brush at least 3 times a day, or after every meal, and floss at least once. You will need to brush and floss thoroughly to make sure your teeth stay clean. Our orthodontists can teach you the most effective way to brush and floss your teeth while wearing braces.