FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The better educated and informed you are about the orthodontic process, the better your treatment will progress.

Appointments, or reservations, are scheduled according to each patient’s needs. With the advanced techniques we practice, most patients in braces will be seen every 8 to 10 weeks.

Our team makes a sincere effort to schedule convenient reservations for our patients. However, during the school term, after-school reservations may be rotated to equally accommodate each patient.  Most patients will miss minimal school for orthodontic treatments.  Advance notice of 48 hours is requested to cancel a reservation.  There is a minimum charge for missed visits.

Yes. We understand your busy schedule, and we are happy to help you make the most of your time. On some occasions, we may request to speak with a parent when they return, so we ask that parents check in with their orthodontic technician before dropping off their child.

Generally, braces do not “hurt.” After certain visits, teeth may be sore for a few days. In these situations, patients may take Tylenol to ease the discomfort.

Yes. You may have some discomfort adjusting to the braces, but there is no medical reason to miss school or work.

No. Injections are not necessary in orthodontic treatment.

Absolutely not! It is our belief that each patient should be provided with his or her own braces to achieve the best orthodontic result possible.

Yes. We recommend a mouth guard for all sports and have them available for our patients.

Absolutely! Regular checkups with your family dentist are important while in braces. Your family dentist will determine the intervals between cleaning appointments.

It is impossible to give an exact cost for treatment until we have examined you. We will discuss your specific treatment fees and financial options during the initial examination. Learn more here.

No. We prefer to speak with our patients directly.  That gives us the chance to say hello and gather necessary information prior to your first visit.

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic screening starting at age 7. By this age, several permanent teeth have erupted in most children, allowing us to effectively evaluate their orthodontic condition.  Most children will not be ready for treatment at a young age; however, some orthodontic conditions would benefit by an early phase of treatment.

Not necessarily; the space available for the front teeth does not increase as you grow. After the permanent molars erupt, the space available for the front teeth usually decreases with age.
You can call our office, send us an e-mail, or fill out our appointment request form online. We will need to speak with the responsible party to get some basic information to schedule an appointment for you.
Your first visit will involve a tour of our office followed by the initial exam.  If orthodontic treatment is recommended, we will discuss the recommended treatment options and the fees associated with this service. Any questions you have will be answered at this appointment.   Subsequent appointments will then be scheduled.  It is your responsibility to be aware of your personal insurance and to schedule accordingly.  We recommend verifying coverage by your insurance plan before scheduling as you will be required to pay any fees not covered by your insurance plan.

Removing teeth is sometimes required to achieve the best orthodontic result; our goal is straight teeth and a balanced facial profile. With advanced technology, removing teeth is rarely necessary for orthodontic treatment.

Treatment time depends on each patient’s specific orthodontic need. In general, treatment times range from 8 to 30 months. The “average” time frame a person is in braces is 18-24 months.

Yes. Once treatment begins, we will explain the complete instructions and provide a comprehensive list of foods to avoid. See our List of Foods to Avoid. You can avoid most emergency visits to repair broken or damaged braces by carefully following these instructions.

Patients should brush their teeth at least four times each day – after each meal and before going to bed. We show patients how to floss their teeth with braces, and we may provide a prescription for a special fluoride, if necessary.

If your braces are causing extreme pain or if something breaks, you should call our office. In most cases, we can address these issues over the telephone. If you require an emergency appointment, we reserve a certain time of day for our emergency appointments.

Yes. Some orthodontic issues 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.

Phase One treatment, if necessary, is usually initiated on children between the ages of 7 and 10, and lasts 6-18 months. The primary objective for Phase One treatment is to address significant problems to prevent them from becoming more severe and to improve self-esteem and self-image.

It is best to assume your child will need full braces even after Phase One treatment. The period following Phase One treatment is called the “resting period,” during which growth and tooth eruption are closely monitored. Throughout this period, parents and patients will be kept informed of future treatment recommendations.

A surprising percentage of our patients are adults. In fact, 25 percent of all orthodontic patients are adults. Health, happiness, and self-esteem are vitally important to adults. No patient is “too old” to wear braces!

Yes. A tooth with a crown will move just like a tooth with a simple filling. When teeth are missing, orthodontic treatment will aid in the alignment of the remaining teeth.

It’s important to know that all orthodontists are licensed dentists, but not all dentists are licensed orthodontists, even if they offer orthodontic treatment.  Why is this important? Orthodontists are specialists who spend an extra 2-3 years in certified orthodontic programs after the original 4 years of dental school.

Many dentists have basic orthodontic training and can upgrade their skills by attending continuing education courses, but those are only weekend courses, not education that will make them a specialist.

Dr. Abramowitz is a certified specialist of orthodontics.  He is skilled in various techniques to make sure you are getting the right care for your smile.