Frequently Asked Questions
Dr. Jeff and his entire team at Village Orthodontics will make sure that your questions are answered throughout your treatment. Whether it is during an appointment or between appointments, please do not hesitate to ask.
Eating with Braces
FOODS TO AVOID WHILE WEARING BRACES
- Chewy foods: Chewy granola bars, dried fruit, fruit roll-ups, fruit chews
- Crunchy foods: Popcorn, chips, ice, chunky peanut butter
- Sticky foods: Caramel candies, jellybeans, chewing gum, taffy
- Hard foods: Hard bread and rolls, nuts and seeds, hard candies
- Foods you must bite into: Corn on the cob, meat on the bone, whole apples, carrots
When it doubt, throw it out! It is best to avoid any foods that you think will stick to or damage your braces.
Soreness Caused from Braces and Appliances
- Saltwater solution: dissolve one teaspoon of salt in one cup of warm water. Gargle and swish, but do not swallow.
- Over-the counter medications: some patients find relief with Advil® or Tylenol®. As always, take any medication as directed, and contact us if you have any questions.
- A special wax can be applied to the brackets to ease irritation of the lips, cheeks, and tongue.
Loose Wires and Bands
Taking Care of Your Orthodontic Appliances (Braces or Aligners)
Playing Sports with Braces
Taking Care of Your Teeth
For more information about braces, check out our in-depth Braces FAQ further down the page.
The Cost of Braces
Orthodontic treatment cost varies from patient to patient; an estimated cost of services will be provided at the consultation appointment. Factors such as insurance coverage, length of treatment, and type of braces will all determine the final cost of your treatment. Dr. Jeff never wants finances to stand in the way of you getting the smile you have always wanted. Review our Financial & Insurance Policy to learn more.
The Value of Braces
We invite you to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Jeff. He will take the time to get to know you, understand your personal oral health goals, and review your options for treatment. We treat patients of all ages! Whether you are a kid or an adult, it is never too late to be on your way to a better smile. Some benefits of orthodontic treatment that you might experience include:
- Improved alignment and function
- Correction of malocclusion (bite)
- Improved oral health
- Increased self-confidence
- Broader smile
Am I the right age to get braces?
Can I still play sports with braces? Can I play an instrument?
Are there foods I can’t eat with braces?
My new permanent teeth are crooked; won’t they straighten out on their own as they grow in?
How long will I have braces?
How often will I need to come in for appointments while I have braces?
Do braces hurt?
How does brushing my teeth work when I have braces?
Can I go to school the day I receive my braces?
Can I get invisible braces or Invisalign?
When should I schedule my child’s first orthodontic screening?
More information on early orthodontic treatment can be found here.
What will I learn at the initial examination?
- Orthodontic issues that require correction
- A personalized treatment plan, including estimation of treatment length and cost
- If applicable, a referral to an oral surgeon or dentist for additional procedures
- Answers to your questions and concerns
What is phase one treatment?
You can learn more about Early Orthodontic Treatment here.
Can my child still play sports or an instrument with braces?
Can my child return to school the day they receive braces?
Do you offer orthodontic treatment for adults?
How much do braces cost? Are there financing options? How about insurance?
How long will orthodontic treatment last?
What is the beginning of treatment like?
Can I return to work the day I receive braces?
What are routine orthodontic appointments like, and how often will I need to come in?
During orthodontic treatment, are regular dental checkups still required?
How do I care for my braces?
Are there foods to avoid while wearing braces?
Why choose an orthodontist and not a dentist for orthodontic treatment?
It is important to see an orthodontist you and your family can trust. Dr. Jeff has practiced orthodontics for over 35 years and strives to make a personal connection with every patient. His care team is dedicated to making you feel safe, comfortable, and welcome at each of Village Orthodontics’ three practices.