Your questions, answered.

What is orthodontics, and how can it benefit me?

Orthodontics is a dental specialty focused on correcting misaligned teeth and jaws. Its benefits extend beyond cosmetics. It improves bite function, speech, and overall oral health. Orthodontic treatment can enhance your smile and well-being.

What are the different orthodontic treatment options available?

Common options include braces, clear aligners, and specialized appliances. Dr. Carr will recommend the most suitable treatment based on your specific needs.

How long does orthodontic treatment typically take?

The duration varies but often ranges from 12 to 24 months, depending on individual needs and the complexity of the case. Dr. Carr will provide a personalized treatment timeline during your initial appointment.

How often do I need to come in for appointments?

Appointments are typically scheduled every 6 to 8 weeks for adjustments, although this may vary based on your treatment plan. Regular visits are essential to ensure your treatment remains on track.

Can I reschedule or cancel appointments if needed?

Yes, we understand that unforeseen circumstances may arise. Please notify us in advance, and we will do our best to accommodate your request.

What should I do if a bracket pops off?

If a bracket pops off or becomes loose, it's important not to try to reattach it yourself. First, assess the situation by checking if the bracket is still attached to the wire. If it's causing discomfort and is still attached, you can use orthodontic wax to temporarily secure it in place. However, if the bracket is completely detached from your tooth and wire, carefully remove it from your mouth and keep it in a safe place. Do not attempt to reattach it on your own. Instead, contact our office to schedule an appointment for repair.

What should I do if a wire is poking or causing discomfort?

If a wire is poking or causing discomfort, you can use orthodontic wax to cover the sharp end temporarily. To place orthodontic wax, roll a small piece into a ball and then press it onto the wire or bracket that's causing irritation. This should provide relief from any irritation or soreness. Please contact our office to schedule an appointment for a professional adjustment and to address the issue more permanently.

What should I do if I accidentally lose or damage my orthodontic appliance, like a removable retainer?

Contact our office as soon as possible for instructions on whether to come in for a replacement or adjustment.