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Falls Church, VA 22043

How much do braces hurt?

The actual process of having the braces placed on your teeth is nearly painless; however, your body’s response and adjustment to the braces in the days and weeks that follow the procedure can be uncomfortable and mildly achy. The vast majority of the patients become accustomed to braces in less than two weeks.

What can I eat while I have braces?

You can eat almost any food as long as they are not too hard or sticky. Once treatment begins, we will explain the complete instructions and provide a comprehensive list of foods to avoid. Some of those foods include: ice, hard candy, raw vegetables and all sticky foods (i.e. caramel and taffy). You can avoid most emergency appointments to repair broken or damaged braces by carefully following our instructions.

Do I need to brush my teeth more often if I have braces?

With braces, you should brush your teeth at least three times a day to keep your teeth, gums, and mouth healthy and clean. Brushing regularly will help remove any food that may be caught between the braces. You should also floss daily to get in between your braces where your brush isn’t able to reach. Your orthodontist can show you how to properly brush and floss once your braces are placed.

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

Playing an instrument or a contact sport may require some adjustment when you first get your braces, but wearing braces will not stop you from participating in any of your school activities. If you play a contact sport, it is recommended that you wear a mouth-guard to protect your braces or appliance.

How often do I need to come in for appointments?

Patients are usually seen every 4-8 week intervals.

Do I still need dental checkups every six months when I’m being seen by the orthodontist?

Yes! In fact, it’s even more important that patients receiving orthodontic treatment visit their dentist regularly. With braces, food may be caught in places that your toothbrush can’t reach. This causes bacteria to build up that can lead to cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease. Your dentist will work closely with your orthodontist to make sure that your teeth stay clean and healthy while wearing braces.

Can orthodontic correction occur while a child has baby teeth?

Yes. Some orthodontic problems are significant enough to require early intervention. However, if a patient is not yet ready for treatment, we will follow that patient’s growth and development until the time is right for treatment to begin.

Can I get Invisalign?

Invisalign has made important advances since their introduction in the ‘80’s to improve their effectiveness. Despite their popularity and vast demand from advertisements, clear aligners still pose major challenges for certain types of orthodontic cases. Not all patients are recommended for Invisalign. Upon examination, Dr. Jones may discuss this exciting treatment option with you.

Why should I choose an orthodontic specialist?

Teeth, and sometimes entire facial structures, are permanently changed by orthodontic treatment. It is important that the treatment be appropriate and properly completed. Orthodontic specialists have extensive and specialized training that enables them to provide their patients with professional, personalized treatments.