All About Orthodontics
What happens when I get my braces put on?
The painless procedure takes about 45 minutes to an hour. First, a member of the Sudbury Orthodontics team polishes your teeth and primes them for the adhesive. Then, Dr. D'Aloisio paints on a special glue and adheres brackets to your pearly whites. Lastly, a member of the team slides your archwire through. Since both our metal and clear braces are self-ligating braces, they don’t need ligatures (ties or elastics) to work. However, a lot of patients like to wear elastics anyway to add color. We’ll finish up by giving you all of the details on caring for your new braces and we’ll send you on your merry way.
Am I too old for braces?
Nope! You’re never too old for braces. We’ve been seeing more and more adults at Sudbury Orthodontics. Since grown-ups tend to be good candidates for esthetic options like clear braces and Invisalign, you won’t even have to go the metal braces route if you don’t want to. In fact, we offer all of our adult patients the opportunity to have clear braces placed on their top teeth at no extra cost. The confidence you gain from having a healthy smile can impact all areas of your life in a positive way.
Contact our office at 705-671-6261 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your free exam.
How long do I need to wear braces?
The length of treatment varies depending on the severity of your case, the type of treatment you choose, your age and how well you follow Dr. D'Aloisio's instructions. In most cases, patients are in braces for 12 to 24 months. We’ll be able to give you an estimate at your consultation.
Do braces hurt?
Braces don’t hurt but your teeth can be a little sensitive when you first get them put on and after adjustments. If you feel real pain, give us a call right away. The discomfort is usually very mild and can be managed by gargling with salt water or taking over-the-counter non-aspirin pain relievers.
Do I still need to visit my dentist while wearing braces?
Going to your dentist is actually even more important when you’re wearing braces since brushing and flossing can be slightly challenging with the brackets and wires in the way. Your dentist will ensure your mouth stays clean, healthy and cavity-free.
What happens when I get my braces taken off?
Using special tools, Dr. D'Aloisio gently loosens and removes the brackets and wires, which doesn’t hurt a bit. He scrapes off the adhesive and polishes your teeth so they’re ready to flaunt.
How much do braces cost?
We’ll discuss the cost of braces when you come in for your consultation. We’re very upfront and you won’t be surprised with any hidden fees throughout your treatment. We don’t think your finances should hold you back from having a smile you love. That’s why we offer low down and monthly payment options that work for a variety of budgets as well as in-office interest-free financing.
How often do I need to see Dr D'Aloisio when I have my braces?
It depends on your individual needs but you’ll come in about every four to eight weeks for an adjustment and so we can monitor your progress.
How often should I brush my teeth while wearing braces?
When you’re rocking braces, you’ll need to brush in the morning, at bedtime and after every meal. This roughly equates to about four times per day.
How do Invisalign Work?
With Invisalign, Dr. D'Aloisio customizes a series of clear, plastic trays that use gentle, steady force to shift your teeth into their ideal positions. He maps out your precise tooth movements on a 3D model of your mouth and the aligners are created based on this prescription. You wear a new set of aligners every week or so and as you move through your trays, your teeth straighten a little bit more.
Does Invisalign have any food restrictions?
Nope! You’ll remove your aligners before every meal so you can eat whatever your heart desires.
Does Invisalign hurt?
No. Invisalign doesn’t cause any real pain. You may feel some minor discomfort for a day or two after putting in a new set of aligners. This can easily be managed with an over-the-counter pain reliever and it just means your Invisalign is working.
Can I smoke while wearing Invisalign aligners?
No. We don’t recommend smoking in general and since nicotine will stain the aligners, they’ll no longer be clear. That pretty much defeats the purpose of invisible treatment. It’s the perfect opportunity to quit smoking!
How often do I need to visit Dr D"Aloisio while I am being treated with Invisalign?
You’ll swing by to see Dr. D'Aloisio about every eight weeks or so. Invisalign doesn’t require any adjustments so it’s just a chance for us to make sure your treatment is on track.
How long does Invisalign treatment last?
The length of your treatment will depend on how severe your bite issues are and how well you follow the instructions for wearing your aligners. It could be as quick as six months or about the same as braces. After Dr. D'Aloisio has a chance to examine you and take a look at the 3D model of your mouth, he’ll be able to tell you exactly how long you’ll need to wear Invisalign to achieve the results you desire.
How much does Invisalign cost?
At your consultation, we’ll chat with you about the cost after Dr. D'Aloisio has a chance to check out your bite. We believe in complete transparency, so you’ll have the full picture before we start treatment and you’ll never be surprised with hidden fees. We accept most insurances and we can help you determine the amount of coverage available to you. We also offer low down and monthly payment plans as well as in-house interest-free financing. We’ll work with you to ensure treatment fits your budget.
How often do I need to wear my aligners?
We recommend wearing your aligners for at least 22 hours per day. You’ll take them out to brush and floss your teeth and to eat.
Will wearing Invisalign aligners interfere with my speech?
In most cases, Invisalign doesn’t affect your speech at all. Yet, as with any treatment, it may take a few days to get used to having something in your mouth. Some patients report a slight lisp until they acclimate to their aligners. If this happens, don’t worry, your speech will quickly go back to normal.
Can I chew gum with my Invisalign aligners in ?
There are zero food restrictions with Invisalign so you can chew gum. However, you’ll want to take your aligners out of your mouth first. But remember, you need to wear them for 22 hours per day!
How do I keep my aligners clean?
Simply brush your aligners with a toothbrush and some toothpaste and rinse them with lukewarm water.
Do I need to wear retainer after my Invisalign treatment is finished?
Yes. Regardless of whether you have braces or Invisalign, the only way to ensure your results last is to wear a retainer. The teeth have a habit of wanting to go back to their old places as soon as you finish treatment. A retainer prevents this. Eventually, you’ll only have to wear it at night though.
How do I know if I am a good candidate for Invisalign?
The only way to determine if Invisalign is right for your smile needs is to come in for a free consultation with Dr. D'Aloisio so he can assess your bite. Instead of wondering, book your appointment today by giving us a call at 705-671-6261 or emailing us at email@example.com