Carmel and Sheridan, IN Orthodontic FAQs

orthodontic faqs

How do you become an orthodontist?

An orthodontist is a dental specialist who has received two to three years of additional training and experience. Your orthodontist is able to straighten teeth, correct misaligned jaw structure, and improve the function of your smile.

When should someone visit the orthodontist for the first time?

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 time is a good time to visit the orthodontist.

How can I take care of my teeth if I'm wearing braces or a retainer?

  • ALWAYS remember to brush your teeth after every meal and floss at least once a day.
  • Make sure to use toothpaste that contains fluoride. Patients can also use mouthwash containing flouride during treatment. This will help prevent cavities!
  • If you take out your retainer to eat, make sure you brush and remember to keep the retainer safe in its case so it does not get lost or broken.
  • Keep your retainer clean by brushing it gently with a toothbrush and toothpaste. You may also soak it in denture cleaner. 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, causing more plaque and the possibility of 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 types of braces are offered at Carmel Orthodontics?

Here at Carmel Orthodontics we provide several different types of treatment. 

  • Traditional metal braces
  • Clear braces
  • Invisalign
  • Permanent and traditional retainers
  • Rapid Palatal Expanders
  • Space maintainers
  • TMJ Splints
  • Surgical cases
  • Bite correction
  • Preventative treatment
  • Adult treatment

If I get braces, how long do I have to wear them?

The amount of time spent in braces will vary depending on the individual patient and their current mouth structure. Treatment times can take anywhere between six and 30 months.

Do braces hurt?

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

Do I need to brush my teeth more often if I have braces?

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 in between your braces where your brush isn't able to reach. Our caring staff will show you how to properly brush and floss once your braces are placed.

If I have braces, do I still need to see my dentist?

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

Will my braces interfere with my school activities like sports, playing an instrument, or singing?

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.

How do I schedule my next appointment?

Simply call our practice! Our front desk staff will be happy to help 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 of the information you need.