How do you become an orthodontist?
An orthodontist is a dental specialist who has received two to three years of additional training and experience. As a result of his orthodontic training and certification, Dr. Brandon Fairbanks helps his patients by straightening teeth, correcting misaligned jaw structure, and improving the smile function for many happy, satisfied patients!
What's the best age to visit the orthodontist?
If you want to improve the look and feel of your smile, then any age can be a great age to see the 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, with about one in every five orthodontic patients being 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.
What are braces?
Braces are used by your orthodontist to help you improve the look and feel of your smile. There are several different types of braces to choose from, including:
- Clear braces
- Ceramic braces
- Self-ligating braces
- Invisible braces
- Traditional metal braces
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, because every smile responds differently to treatment. Treatment times can take anywhere between six and 30 months, but most standard treatments take about 22 months.
Do braces hurt?
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 have braces, do I still need dental checkups every six months?
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 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. Fairbanks to make sure that your teeth stay clean and healthy while wearing braces.
How can I take care of my teeth if I'm wearing braces?
- Always remember to brush your teeth after every meal and floss every day.
- Make sure to use toothpaste that contains fluoride, and ask Dr. Fairbanks or family dentist if you need a fluoride rinse. This will help prevent cavities!
- During your orthodontic treatment, try to avoid chewy and sticky food and foods with a lot of sugar, which increases the amount of bacteria that grows in your mouth, causing more plaque and possibly cavities.
- Be sure to schedule your routine checkups with your family dentist! Even though you're seeing an orthodontist, you still need to visit your dentist every six months.
Do I need to brush my teeth more often if I have braces?
Yes! 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 (yes, daily!) to get in between your braces where your brush isn't able to reach. Your orthodontist can show you how to properly brush and floss once your braces are placed.
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?
Call Fairbanks Orthodontics today to schedule your next appointment! 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.