How much discomfort will I experience?
You will experience slight discomfort following each adjustment appointment that will only last a couple of days. Over the course of treatment, your ability to tolerate these adjustments will become better and better. Recent research has shown that employing light forces on the teeth results in far less discomfort while allowing treatment to progress more efficiently. Over-the-counter pain medications, such as ibuprofen, will work well to address any level of discomfort experienced.
Do I continue to see my dentist for regular visits while undergoing orthodontic treatment?
Yes, it is important that you maintain your 6-month checkup appointments with your dentist to ensure that your teeth remain as healthy as possible.
How long between appointment intervals?
On average, you will be seen for adjustments once every 6-8 weeks and perhaps more frequently toward the end of treatment as we complete our detailing phase. With the adoption of new technologies, we have been able to extend the intervals between our appointments, which means less time away from work and school.
How long will the treatment take?
Although each individual case is unique, treatment will last, on average, between 12-18 months for early Phase I treatment. For adolescent and adult cases, most cases can be treated within 16-24 months. We make it a point to let you know how long we anticipate treatment will take before starting.
What if I have an emergency?
Most orthodontic issues can either be resolved at home or be delayed until the next business day. In the event of a true emergency, you may call our office for the number by which to reach Dr. Rothe after regular business hours.
How much does getting braces cost?
Our fees are based on complexity and length of treatment and our professional team strives to make treatment affordable for you. We offer in-office, no-interest financing for those who qualify and automatic payments for your convenience.
How long do I have to wear retainers?
Our protocol is generally the same for every patient: evenings and night time, at least 12 hours a day, indefinitely. Retainer wear is critical to maintain the alignment of the teeth. Lack of compliance with retainers will undoubtedly cause your teeth to become out of alignment again and can only be treated by going back into braces.
Will getting braces prevent me from playing sports or musical instruments?
We highly encourage you to purchase a sports mouth guard designed to fit over braces at your local sporting good store, and we will gladly examine it to ensure a proper fit. Likewise, our talented musicians will be offered strips of wax that are designed to be placed over their brackets to help relieve the pressure from playing certain instruments.