FAQ

Q?What is orthodontics?
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Orthodontics is the division of dentistry that involves comprehensive treatment of dental problems involving your bite, teeth and smile.

Q?How can my child or I benefit from orthodontic treatment?
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Orthodontic treatment not only makes a smile look beautiful but it improves the function of your teeth and jaws at any age.

Q?What is Phase I treatment?
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Phase I treatment (interceptive) is typically restricted to young patients in order to allow proper space for incoming teeth, discourage poor habits, and encourage proper bite development.

Q?What is Phase II treatment?
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Phase II treatment (comprehensive) is the traditional orthodontic treatment, which involves full braces once all permanent teeth have come in.

Q?How old should my child be for an orthodontic evaluation?
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The American Association of Orthodontists recommends children have an orthodontic evaluation by age seven. Orthodontic treatment can be sought earlier should a dentist or parent suspect an issue.

Q?Am I too old for braces?
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No! It’s never too late to improve the function and aesthetics of your smile. Dr. Clark has a significant number of adult patients.

Q?Do I need a referral from my general dentist to see Dr. Clark?
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No.

Q?What does the first exam typically consist of?
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Complimentary x-rays, photos and a clinical exam.

Q?Does insurance apply to orthodontic treatment?
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We work with most insurance providers and would be happy to do a complimentary benefits check when you come in.

Q?Do you offer financing?
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Yes, third party financing and flexible in-house payment plans.

Q?Will braces hurt?
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Braces generally do not produce pain. The application of braces is not painful, however you may experience discomfort for several days as your teeth, gums and cheeks begin to adjust.

Q?How long can I expect to wear braces?
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Length of treatment will vary depending on your specific needs and your chosen type of treatment. Braces are typically worn from a year to two years.

Q?How will my diet be affected by wearing braces?
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Diet is the most significantly affected part of your life when wearing traditional braces. You should avoid gum, hard food, sticky food, apples, carrots, chips, corn on the cob, and hard shells or bread to name a few. When you choose Invisalign® there are no diet restrictions since the device is removable.

Q?How will braces affect my everyday life?
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Wearing braces should not impact your daily routines other than eating. After a period of adjustment, you should have no problem playing an instrument or sports. Wearing a mouth guard is recommended while playing sports.

Q?How will my dental hygiene be affected by wearing braces?
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Your dental hygiene should be closely monitored when wearing braces, because particles and plaque can collect on your brackets easily. Brushing more than twice a day and flossing once a day will help to keep your dental hygiene at an optimum level.

Q?Will I need a retainer?
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Depending on your specific treatment, patients will require a retention phase after treatment. Retention typically lasts for one to two years or longer.

Q?What should I do in case of an emergency?
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Please call our office if your braces become loose or broken or if you are experiencing unusual discomfort or pain. If you have an emergency over the weekend or after hours, contact our office (850) 385-2822 and the recording will inform you how to contact the person on call.

Q?What should I do if I have a poking wire?
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Take a pair of nail clippers and clip the excess wire, or use wax to cover it.

Q?What should I do if I have a loose bracket or band?
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If it’s a back bracket, try to slide the bracket off the arch wire and clip the excess wire with nail clippers. If it’s a front bracket, use wax to hold in place and protect the lip.

Q?What should I do if I have loose wires or loose appliances?
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Call us and let us know what is going on so we can give you specific instructions.

Q?What should I do if I experience general soreness?
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Take over the counter pain relievers such as Advil, Aleve, or Tylenol as directed.