Orthodontic FAQs

Orthodontic FAQs2023-12-07T19:09:37-05:00
How many patients are in Invisalign treatment?2023-11-16T21:03:40-05:00

More than 5,000,000 patients worldwide have been treated with Invisalign aligners. The number of Invisalign smiles grows daily. At your next appointment, we can answer any questions you might have, and get you started on the smile you’ve always wanted.

What are the primary benefits of Invisalign treatment?2023-11-16T21:03:23-05:00

Invisalign aligners are clear, which makes Invisalign treatment a seamless fit with your lifestyle and day-to-day interactions with others. Invisalign aligners are also removable. Unlike braces, you have the flexibility to eat and drink what you want during treatment simply by removing the aligners when you eat. You can also remove the aligners to brush and floss as you normally would for fresh breath and good oral hygiene.

Unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign treatment does not use metal brackets or wires that could cause irritation to your mouth. In addition, you’ll spend less time in the doctor’s chair and scheduling appointments, and more time out doing the things you love.

Lastly, Invisalign treatment technology allows you to view your virtual results and treatment plan before you start your treatment, so you can preview how your straight teeth will look once your treatment is complete.

What is the Invisalign system?2023-11-16T21:04:31-05:00

The Invisalign system is the virtually invisible way to straighten your teeth and achieve the smile you’ve always wanted. Invisalign treatment uses advanced 3D computer imaging technology to depict your complete treatment plan, from the initial position of your teeth to the final desired position.

Then a series of clear aligners are custom-made for your teeth — and your teeth only — to move them little by little. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks before being replaced by the next in the series until the final position of your teeth is achieved. Your Invisalign treatment time will be determined by our office based on your specific needs.

Will Invisalign treatment fit my lifestyle?2023-11-16T21:02:19-05:00
  • Time for a snack? No problem. Take out your aligners to eat or drink whenever you want.
  • You can remove your Invisalign aligners so you can brush and floss regularly, and keep your teeth and gums healthy.
  • You can occasionally remove your Invisalign aligners to enjoy a special night out.
  • There’s no need to change a thing. Continue your day-to-day activities while still straightening your teeth.
  • Be yourself with Invisalign aligners. Since they are clear, you don’t have to hide your smile while going through treatment.
  • With Invisalign treatment, it’s easy to make your smile picture-perfect for that special occasion.
  • Invisalign treatment appointments work with your schedule. Most visits are in and out, with a quick progress check once every six weeks.
How do I schedule my next appointment?2023-11-07T16:07:19-05:00

Simply call our practice! Our front desk staff will be happy to schedule your next appointment at your convenience. If you are a new patient or have been referred to our practice, please let us know and we will provide you with all the information you need.

Will my braces interfere with my school activities like sports, playing an instrument, or singing?2023-11-07T16:06:27-05:00

Playing an instrument or a contact sport may require some adjustment when you first get your braces, but wearing braces will not stop you from participating in any of your school activities. If you play a contact sport, it is recommended that you wear a mouthguard to protect your braces or appliance.

If I have braces, do I still need dental checkups every six months?2023-11-07T16:06:01-05:00

Yes! In fact, it’s even more important that patients receiving orthodontic treatment visit their dentist regularly. With braces, food may be caught in places your toothbrush can’t reach. This causes bacteria to build up that can lead to cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease. Our office will work closely with your dentist to make sure your teeth stay clean and healthy while you’re wearing braces.

Do I need to brush my teeth more often if I have braces?2023-11-07T16:05:38-05:00

With braces, you should brush your teeth at least three times a day to keep your teeth, gums, and mouth healthy and clean. Brushing regularly will help remove any food that may be caught between the braces.

You should also floss daily to get between your braces where your brush isn’t able to reach. We can show you how to brush and floss properly once your braces are placed.

Do braces hurt?2023-11-07T16:05:13-05:00

Braces do not often hurt, though you may feel a small amount of discomfort for a couple days as your teeth, gums, cheeks, and mouth get used to your new braces.

If I get braces, how long do I have to wear them?2023-11-07T16:04:55-05:00

The amount of time spent in braces will vary, depending on the individual patient, because every smile responds differently to treatment. Treatment times can last anywhere from a few months to a few years, but most standard treatments take about 14-18 months.

What are braces?2023-11-07T16:03:41-05:00

Braces are used by orthodontists to help you improve the look and feel of your smile. There are several different types of braces to choose from, including:

  1. Clear braces
  2. Ceramic braces
  3. Lingual braces
  4. Self-ligating Damon braces
  5. Invisible braces
  6. Traditional metal braces
How can I take care of my teeth if I’m wearing braces or a retainer?2023-11-07T16:02:40-05:00
  • ALWAYS remember to brush your teeth after every meal and floss at least once a day.

  • Make sure to use toothpaste that contains fluoride, and ask Dr. Sandman, Dr. Kuyunov, Dr. Kaplan or your family dentist whether you need a fluoride rinse. This will help prevent cavities!

  • If you take out your retainer to eat, make sure you brush your teeth, floss, and remember to keep the retainer safe in its container so it does not get lost or broken.

  • Keep your retainer clean, too, by brushing it gently with a toothbrush and toothpaste. You may also soak it in denture cleaner as instructed by our office. Do not put your retainer in boiling water or in the dishwasher.

  • During your treatment, try to avoid foods with a lot of sugar, which increases the amount of bacteria that grows in your mouth, and can cause more plaque and potential cavities.

  • Avoid sticky and chewy foods (caramel, chewing gum, gummy bears), hard foods (hard candy, nuts, ice cubes), or any foods that could possibly get stuck in your braces (corn on the cob, soft bagels, ribs, taffy, etc.).

  • Be sure to schedule your routine checkups with your family dentist. It is recommended that you continue to visit the dentist every six months.

What’s the best age to visit the orthodontist?2023-11-07T16:01:48-05:00

If you want to improve the look and feel of your smile, then any age can be a great time to see an orthodontist. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children first visit an orthodontist around the age of seven; however, orthodontic treatment is not exclusive to children and teens.

About one in every five orthodontic patients is over the age of 21. Whether you’re considering treatment for yourself or for a child, any age is a good time to visit the orthodontist.

What is an orthodontist?2023-11-07T16:01:11-05:00

An orthodontist is a dental specialist who has received two to three years of additional training and experience. An orthodontist can also obtain a Masters degree in orthodontics – like our doctors – Dr. Sandman, Dr. Kuyunov or Dr. Kaplan. Using Damon braces, lingual braces, or Invisalign, the doctors are able to straighten teeth, correct misaligned jaw structure, and improve the function of your jaws and esthetics of your smile.

What is orthodontics?2023-11-07T16:00:32-05:00

Orthodontics (also referred to as dentofacial orthopedics) is a specialized form of dentistry that focuses on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial abnormalities.

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