Ortho FAQs

Straight talk about your teeth. You may have been told that you need braces. Now you’re wondering how braces will affect your daily life. Learn about what braces can do for you and what you need to do to take care of them.

Why do I need orthodontic treatment (braces)?
You need braces to correct a problem with your teeth, jaws, or both. You may have been born with a tooth or jaw problem. Or, habit like thumb sucking may have pushed your teeth out of place. Either way, braces can help you have a healthy smile that you can feel good about.

Who is an Orthodontist?
An orthodontist is a dentist after graduating from dental school with two or more years of extra training from a university accredited by the American Dental Association and certificate in orthodontics (straightening teeth) Only orthodontist are uniquely qualified to perform orthodontic services. Membership in the American Association of Orthodontists guarantees a Doctor is certified in the specialty of orthodontics.

What are the benefits of orthodontic treatment?

  • You will have a healthier and more beautiful smile
  • With better looks, you may have more self-confidence
  • Your teeth will be easier to take care of.
  • You’ll less likely to have tooth decay, gum disease, or jaw problems.
  • Your teeth will be less likely to chip or break
  • You will have a better ability to chew food.
  • Better function and comfort with a proper bite
  • Guided facial growth for a more attractive face and profile
  • Better long-term health of the teeth and gums
  • Guide the permanent teeth into a more favorable position
  • Reduce or eliminate the need to extract teeth
  • Reduce the risk of injury to protruded front teeth
  • Better lip closure
  • Improved speech and swallowing
  • Aid in optimizing other dental treatments
  • Less strain on the jaw joints and muscles
  • Prevent premature loss of teeth and aging appearance
  • More balance and harmonized facial appearance

Does my family dentist trained to do orthodontics?
Family Dentist are general dentist who perform general dentistry. Although they can treat patients for orthodontics. However, they are not trained enough during their dental education in dental school in orthodontic section. Some attend weekend courses and provide orthodontic services in their office. To make sure that you will be treated by the right specialist, he or she should be a member of American Association of Orthodontists (AAO).

Does Family Dentist referral required before seeing the orthodontist?
The first person who can determine if you need an orthodontic treatment is your dentist. However, if you feel that you need a treatment, you do not need a referral from your dentist. You can call our office anytime and schedule your complimentary consultation. Then you will be informed of your orthodontic needs.

Do I have to wait until all the permanent teeth have been erupted before seeing the orthodontist for my kids?
No, many tooth alignment or jaw growth problems can be detected by age 6. Some of these problems are best treated early, avoiding a more serious problem later or eliminating braces as a teenager all together.

What is the right age visiting an orthodontist?
American Association of Orthodontists recommends age 6-7 is a good time to seek orthodontic evaluation.

Will children’s teeth will be straighten out on by itself?
No. The available space for front teeth does not increase as a child grows. In most people with the eruption of the permanent first molars (6-year molars), the space available for the front teeth will usually decreases with age.

Will I have to have any teeth removed for braces? 
Depends on the amount of crowding of your teeth and protrusion and etc.. Teeth removal may be necessary in order to achieve the ideal result.

How long will I need braces?
The length of time that you’ll need to wear braces is varies from every individual and could be from few months to 24 months or even sometimes 36 months. Also, it depends on patient’s full compliance, full cooperation, excellent oral hygiene and following all the instructions.

Is it painful to have braces? 
Most of the time, there is no real pain when we placed the braces. Usually, within few hours to few days, you experience minor tooth discomfort and some soreness. And usually, within few days would be deminish.

May I go to school/work the same day I place my braces?
Yes, you may experience minor discomfort, there is no reason why you should not be able to miss school or work.

May I play any musical instrument with braces?
Yes, you may play any instrument with braces on your teeth. It might be difficult in the beginning but with a little time you get used to playing musical instruments with your braces on.

May I participate in sports with braces on?
Yes, however, it will be best if you use an athletic mouth guard or mouthpiece to protect your lips and teeth just as the same even if you have no braces. A custom-made mouth guard could be made to fit your teeth by your orthodontist.

What kind of food I should avoid?
Eating proper foods and minimizing sugar intake are essential during orthodontic treatment. Your braces can be broken and damaged by eating hard and sticky foods. Some soft and sticky foods can cause tooth decay and loosen or dislodge your braces. It is essential to slice to slice your food into smaller portions before eating, no big bites, no hard candies, no bubble gum and any other chewy candies, no corn chips, popcorn, jerky, do not chew ice and avoid drinks that contain sugar and do not suck on lemons, limes. Use your own common sense when selecting type of food that you like to eat. and avoid chewing on hard objects such as pens or finger nails or jewelries.

How emergencies would be handled?
Broken or loose brackets, broken wire and loose or damaged appliance that causing discomfort and sometimes pain would need an emergency attention. Although we try our best to take care all of our patients in their own convenient time, we treat all emergency patients as soon as possible by removing the cause of the problem. However, we may not be able to fix the broken wire or appliance at the same time and might required a long appointment in order to fix these problems. Therefore, the morning appointment would be necessary. At this time, Dr. Dayani will be able to devote his complete attention to the patient by fixing all the problems.

What are invisible braces?
Invisible braces are the ceramic, sapphire (different material) brackets that are almost the same color as your teeth. It cost a little bit more but it is worth it if you really don’t want to reveal that you are having orthodontic treatment.

What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a removable kind of braces that uses the latest advances in 3-D computer technology. Invisalign translates your doctor’s instructions into a series of nearly undetectable Aligners. Each set of aligners are worn for about two weeks, moving your teeth gradually until you’ve achieved the desired result.

Does your office offer colored, different shape of braces and rubber bands?
Yes. That is why it’s fun to have braces these days. You can choose from the wide variety of colors, shapes and elastics or rubber bands every time you have your monthly check-up. You can mix and match the as many color as you like!

Will braces harm my gums and my teeth?
Absolutely not! It is not the braces that will damage your gums or your teeth. It is the poor oral hygiene and improper way of brushing and flossing your teeth. Dr. Dayani recommends to brush your teeth first with no toothpaste and then floss your teeth and finally using a small amount of toothpaste with fluoride and brushing over and making sure looking in the mirror to leave no food on your teeth or between your teeth.

What kind of orthodontic correction can be achieved while a child still has only baby teeth?
A lot of problems could be corrected such as anterior open-bite, bad habits like tongue thrust and some orthodontic problems that are important to pay attention in detecting them early which requires early intervention. However, if your child is not yet ready, we can follow their development to determine the proper time to monitor and if necessary, to start orthodontic treatment.

Is it possible to have an orthodontic treatment if I have fillings, crowns, veneers, or missing permanent teeth?
Yes. Any tooth with fillings and crowns could be moved just like a normal tooth. Also, orthodontic treatment can helpo in achieving the alignment of your remaining teeth and accomplishing better bite for you.

How frequently will I have appointments?
Most patients have to visit the office every 4 weeks so Doctor can check the appliance and make necessary adjustments. It depends on how patients’ compliance and cooperation in following Doctor’s instructions. The less cooperative you are, the longer your treatment will be.

Is it possible for the appointments to be scheduled after school or work? 
Yes, it is possible to make appointments after school and work. Our office is open from 9:30am to 6:30 pm.

Is it required to wear retainers following the completion of orthodontic treatment?
Yes. Everyone has to wear retainers in order to keep their teeth in ideal position for as long as possible. Retainers are designed to hold the teeth in place until the bones and ligaments surrounding the teeth remodeled and healed to the new tooth position.

Will my teeth shift after my orthodontic treatment?
By wearing retainers properly your teeth should stay in the right position for almost a lifetime. Some harmful habits like biting on pens and pencils or muscle imbalances will cause the teeth to shift after braces or later in life if the retainers are not worn consistently