FAQS

WHY SHOULD I GET BRACES?

There are many reasons to get braces, starting with the way you feel about your smile. A beautiful smile and sparkling straight teeth can affect your attractiveness to others, as well as your own self confidence. Also, studies have shown that people with an attractive smile do better in social and work relationships. Teeth that are aligned properly, as yours will be after braces, provide better overall bite function, are easier to clean, and are less likely to be chipped or fractured. A well functioning bite is also the first step towards intercepting painful jaw joint problems in the future.

HOW LONG WILL ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT TAKE TO COMPLETE?

The average length of orthodontic treatment is 18 months, but every patient’s treatment is different. Some more difficult cases can take up to 24 months. Dr. Jet will give you an estimate of treatment time at your very first visit, and, with your excellent cooperation, we may sometimes finish sooner than expected.

HOW LONG SHOULD MY APPOINTMENT TAKE?

Once your braces are put on, and you’re just in for regular checks and adjustments, most appointments are about 20-30 minutes. It does take longer to actually put on the braces….about 90 minutes in most cases.

WILL BRACES INTERFERE WITH PLAYING SPORTS?

No, you may certainly still play your favorite sport with braces. We do, however, request that our patients wear a mouth guard for protection when they play sports. Our office will provide you with a mouth guard that will work for most sports when you begin treatment.

WILL BRACES INTERFERE WITH PLAYING A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT?

While woodwind players may have slightly more difficulty than brass instrument players, every patient seems to adapt very well to playing with braces after a couple of weeks of practice. Some of them find that placing a special wax (that Dr. Jet provides) on the brackets helps them adjust to braces during those first weeks.

DO I NEED TO GO TO MY GENERAL DENTIST WHILE I HAVE BRACES?

Yes, your regular visits with your dentist and hygienist are extremely important when you have braces. It can be more difficult for you to clean your teeth with braces so you should continue to see your general dentist at least every 6 months for regular cleaning and check-ups.

WOULD AN ADULT PATIENT BENEFIT FROM GETTING BRACES?

Orthodontic treatment can be a benefit at any age, because everyone wants a healthy, beautiful smile. Studies have shown that over 20% of today’s orthodontic patients are adults.