Braces FAQ

What are some signs that I might need braces?

  • Upper front teeth protrude excessively over the lower teeth or are bucked.
  • Upper front teeth cover the majority of the lower teeth when biting together (deep bite)
  • Upper front teeth are behind or inside the lower front teeth (underbite)
  • The upper and lower front teeth don’t touch when biting together (open bite)
  • Crowded or overlapped teeth
  • The center of the upper and lower teeth don’t line up
  • Finger- or thumb-sucking habits that continue after six or seven years of age
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Teeth wearing unevenly or excessively
  • The lower jaw shifts to one side or the other when biting together
  • Spaces between the teeth
  • Teeth that lean too far in or too far out

What are the possible benefits of having braces?

Braces continue to be the most common form of orthodontic treatment mainly because they’re so effective. They address a wide variety of cases that may not respond to other treatment options. While the most obvious benefit of any orthodontic treatment is a fantastic smile, other benefits of braces include:

  • Reduced appearance-consciousness during critical developmental years
  • Better function of the teeth
  • Enhanced self-confidence
  • Straight teeth are easier to clean, which wards off tooth decay and gum disease
  • Improved force distribution and wear patterns of the teeth
  • Better long-term development of teeth and gums
  • When teeth don’t protrude they have less risk of injury
  • Optimizes other dental treatments

How do braces work?

The main components of braces are brackets and archwires. When the archwire is placed into the brackets, it tries to return to its original shape. As it does this, it applies steady, gentle pressure to gradually move your teeth to their new, ideal positions.

What happens when I get braces put on?

The idea of getting braces put on might seem intimidating but as we said before, it doesn’t hurt a bit. At your consultation we’ll let you know exactly what to expect so you’ll be calm and confident during the procedure. We kick-off the process, which usually takes about an hour, by polishing your teeth. We then shampoo and condition the surface of the teeth with a solution to allow the glue to adhere properly. We paint on the adhesive, stick on the brackets, insert the archwire, place the colors and you’re done! We’ll finish up by instructing you on how to care for your braces and you’ll be on your way.

What happens when I get my braces taken off?

The big day is here! We’ll take off the braces by gently clicking them off your teeth, and we’ll polish and clean your teeth and then let you bask in your new, amazing smile.

Do Braces Hurt?

The actual process of getting your braces put on doesn’t hurt at all. However, once they’re on and after adjustments, your teeth may be sensitive for one to four days. Your lips and cheeks might need a week or so to get used to having braces. Check out our tips for dealing with any discomfort.

Will braces interfere with playing sports?

Nope. You can continue to play your heart out. However, it is recommended that patients protect their smiles by wearing a mouthguard when participating in any sporting activity. Mouthguards are inexpensive, come in a bunch of different colors and patterns and can save your teeth in the case of an accident.  Use them properly and don’t chew them like Steph Curry =)

Will braces interfere with playing musical instruments?

There may be an initial period of adjustment but you’ll get used to playing your instrument with braces quickly. In addition, braces covers can be provided to prevent any discomfort.

Should I see my general dentist while I have braces?

Yup. Your dentist will always continue to play an important role in your oral health. During your orthodontic treatment you’ll see that the focus of your orthodontist, and that of your dentist are different because we’re trained in different things.  It’s the teamwork between you, your orthodontist and your dentist that will make that smile shine!  You’ll want to continue to see them every six months for your cleanings and check-ups, or more frequently if Dr. Jeff and your dentist feel you need some extra help.

How long will I have to wear braces?

Treatment time varies on a case-by-case basis, but the average is from one to two years. The duration can be affected by the rate of growth and the severity of the case. It’s also dependent on patient compliance, meaning you’ll need to do your part by maintaining good oral hygiene and keeping your regular appointments so your treatment stays on schedule. Fortunately for you, we do offer accelerated options to cut treatment time significantly.

How Much do Braces Cost?

This is probably our most popular question and unfortunately there isn’t a cut and dry answer. The cost of braces is dependent on the severity of your case, the length of your treatment and the type of braces you go for. Schedule a free consultation with Dr. Kwong and once he evaluates you, he’ll be able to give you a price and a treatment plan that keeps your budget in mind. We offer a variety of flexible payment plans including interest-free financing and family discounts to ensure you can get the healthy smile you deserve.

Can I Get Braces Just on My Top or Bottom Teeth?

You can! Getting braces on just your top or bottom teeth is known as single arch treatment. It can be effective, but there are a lot of factors that have to line up for this to be the case, which is why we take the time to evaluate your needs and concerns. Dr. Kwong will be able to determine which course of treatment will produce the best possible results for your smile.

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