Common Questions


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Below are some of the most frequently asked questions patients have about dentistry and oral health issues.  If you have any other questions, or would like to schedule an appointment, we would love to hear from you.

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Q: 1. When to begin orthodontic treatment?

Q: 2. Who can benefit from orthodontics?

Q: 3. Is it required to get a referral, from a family dentist to schedule appointment with an orthodontist?

Q: 4. How do I schedule an appointment for an initial exam?

Q: 5. Your initial visit – what is expected?

Q: 6. What will I learn from the initial examination?

Q: 7. How long do I have to wear braces?

Q: 8. How do braces work?

Q: 9. Will I need to have teeth removed /extracted for braces?

Q: 10. Will my child need an expander?

Q: 11. Do braces hurt?

Q: 12. Can I return to school the day I receive my braces?

Q: 13. Do you give shots?

Q: 14. Can orthodontic correction occur while a child has baby teeth? Can you start orthodontic correction while my child has baby teeth?

Q: 15. How often will I have appointments?

Q: 16. Can I schedule all of my appointments after school?

Q: 17. Can I drop my child off for an appointment?

Q: 18. Do I need to go to my family dentist for checkups while in braces?

Q: 19. Are there foods I cannot eat while I have braces? Are there any foods that I should avoid while I have braces?

Q: 20. What should I do if I have bad breath?

Q: 21. How often should I brush and floss?

Q: 22. How often should I brush my teeth while in braces?

Q: 23. Why is it important to use dental floss?

Q: 24. Do I need to change my oral hygiene routine during orthodontic treatment?

Q: 25. How often should I have a dental exam and cleaning?

Q: 26. How can I tell if I have gingivitis or periodontitis (gum disease)?

Q: 27. What is an emergency appointment? How are those handled?

Q: 28. How much will braces cost?

Q: 29. What about financial arrangements?

Q: 30. How does my insurance work?

Q: 31. Will my teeth straighten out as they grow?

Q: 32. Why should I choose an orthodontic specialist?

Q: 33. What is Phase One (early) treatment?

Q: 34. Will my child need full braces if he/she has Phase One treatment?

Q: 35. Can I get braces if I am already an adult?

Q: 36. If my teeth have been crooked for years, why do I need orthodontic treatment now?

Q: 37. Is it possible to get braces if I have crowns and missing teeth?

Q: 38. I see ads for perfect teeth in only one or two visits to the dentist. How is orthodontic treatment different?

Q: 39. What are my options if I don't want braces that show?

Q: 40. I am pregnant and want to begin orthodontic treatment. Is this OK?

Q: 41. Can I play sports while wearing braces?

Q: 42. Can I play musical instruments while wearing braces?

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  • 306 W. Olive Ave
  • Madera, CA
  • 93637
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  • Suite 102
  • Sanger, CA
  • 93657
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