What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a specialty in dentistry that focuses on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of malocclusion, TMJ disorders, and facial abnormalities. Malocclusion is irregularity in the alignment of the patient’s teeth or their bite.

What is an orthodontist?

An orthodontist completes 2 to 3 additional years of focused training after dental school in the specialty of orthodontics. Our orthodontists are able to straighten teeth, correct misaligned jaw structures, and improve the beauty and function of your smile.

When should my child have an orthodontic exam?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children have their first visit with an orthodontist around age 7. However, orthodontic treatment can be performed for patients of any age.

What are braces?

Braces are placed on your teeth by our orthodontists to help improve the look and health of your smile. There are several types of braces available, including:

  • Clear braces
  • Self-ligating braces
  • Invisible braces
  • Traditional metal braces

Treatment time with braces depends on the individual case. The average treatment time is about 18-24 months.

Do braces hurt?

Braces do not usually hurt. However, you may feel slight discomfort for the first few days as your teeth, gums, and cheeks get used to your braces.

How can I care for my teeth if I’m wearing braces or a retainer?

  • ALWAYS brush your teeth after every meal and floss at least once a day
  • Use a fluoride toothpaste and ask our orthodontists if you need a fluoride rinse
  • Any time that you take your retainer out, put it in its container so that it does not get lost or broken
  • Keep your retainer clean by brushing it with a toothbrush. Toothpaste is optional.
  • Do not use hot, boiling water or the dishwasher or the dishwasher to clean your retainer
  • Try to avoid foods with lots of sugar during treatment. Sugar increases bacteria formation in your mouth, which can cause plaque and increase the risk for cavities.
  • Avoid sticky and chewy foods, had foods, or any foods that can get stuck in your braces.
  • Continue to schedule your routine dental checkups with your family dentist. We recommend that you visit your dentist every six months.

Will my braces interfere with school activities like sports, playing an instrument, or singing?

Playing contact sports or playing an instrument may require some adjustment when you get your braces. However, wearing braces will not stop you from participating in school activities. If you play contact sports, wear a mouth guard to protect your braces or appliance.

How do I schedule my next appointment?

Contact Richmond Orthodontics! Our team will be happy to help you schedule your next appointment with Drs. Wiltshire, Brassington, and Bibona. If you are a new patient, let us know and we will provide you with the information you need. We look forward to seeing you!