Commonly Asked Questions

What exactly is orthodontics?

Orthodontics (also known as dentofacial orthopedics) is a branch of dentistry that focuses on the detection, prevention, and management of dental and facial anomalies.

What is an orthodontist?

An orthodontist is a dental professional who has earned two to three years of extra knowledge and experience after dental school. Your orthodontist can correct your teeth, repair mismatched jaw structure, and improve the condition of your smile.

When is the ideal time to see an orthodontist?

If you want to enhance the appearance and feel of your smile, you may consult an orthodontist at any age. Although the American Association of Orthodontists suggests that children see an orthodontist for an evaluation around the age of seven, orthodontic treatment is not limited to children and teenagers.
Approximately one out of every five orthodontic patients is beyond the age of 21. Whether you’re seeking treatment for yourself or a child, visiting the orthodontist at any age can be beneficial.

How can I care for my teeth if I have an appliance, braces, or a retainer?

  1. Pay attention to your oral hygiene.
    • We will give you specific instructions and resources at the appointment we bond your appliance, bond your braces, or deliver your retainer. Be sure to follow up with our office if you have any questions!
    • Aim to clean your braces and teeth after each meal and floss at least once a day. Use fluoride-containing toothpaste and a fluoride rinse, if indicated. This will aid in the prevention of cavities!
    • Brush your retainer carefully and thoroughly. You may alternatively soak it in a denture cleanser, as our team suggests. Do not put your retainer in the dishwasher or in hot water. Please don’t hesitate to call our office for additional information!
    • Make an appointment with your primary dentist for periodic checks. It is advised that you continue to see the dentist at least every six months throughout the course of your orthodontic treatment.
  2. Follow the recommended diet.
    • During your orthodontic treatment, try to avoid sugary meals, which increase the number of germs in your mouth and may lead to increased plaque and probable cavities.
    • Avoid sticky and chewy foods (caramel, chewing gum, gummy bears), hard foods (hard candy, nuts, ice cubes), and anything else that might become trapped in your braces (corn on the cob, soft bagels, ribs, taffy, and the like). Small bites can greatly aid in preventing any bracket breakage and reduce emergencies.
  3. Follow your doctor’s instructions
    • We will give you specific instructions with additional resources at your appointments specifically for your needs. We are available to answer whatever questions you may have.

How long will my orthodontic treatment last?

Because every smile reacts differently to orthodontic treatment, the length of time spent in braces will vary based on the particular patient. Treatment periods may range from six to thirty months, with most typical treatments taking approximately 22 months.

What can I expect from my first consultation?

Your first consultation at Baybird Orthodontics is complimentary. After the initial assessment you will get to know the following important things:
  • Is there an orthodontic problem? If yes, what is it?
  • What treatment plan(s) can be undertaken?
  • How long will the treatment period last?
  • What will orthodontic treatment cost and what resources can help me pay for it?

Do braces cause pain?

Braces seldom cause pain, however you may experience some discomfort for a few days while your teeth, gums, cheeks, and mouth adjust to your new braces.

What do I do if I have an orthodontic emergency?

If you find yourself with a true orthodontic emergency, please call our office right away. If it is after hours, please follow the prompts to reach our after hours emergency line.

Will my braces impact my school activities such as athletics, music, or singing?

Playing an instrument or engaging in a contact sport may take some adjustment when you first receive your braces, but braces will not prevent you from participating in any of your school activities. If you participate in a contact sport, you should wear a mouthguard to protect your braces or appliance.

How much does orthodontic treatment cost?

The cost of braces depends on each patient’s unique treatment plan. We will review all the costs of treatment before we get started and discuss our no-interest payment plans. We will also contact your insurance company on your behalf to determine what your orthodontic benefit may be.

How do I book my next appointment?

Simply contact our office! You can call our front-desk personnel who will gladly organize your next appointment at a date and time that fits your schedule. If you are a new patient or have been referred to our clinic, please let us know so that we can give you all of the necessary information. You can also use our online scheduling tool to make your appointment and help us gather some helpful information to make your first appointment easier!