Orthodontic emergencies are rare but if you experience discomfort call our office to schedule an appointment.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Orthodontics

When should my child get braces?

When should my child get braces?

Children are typically ready for braces as they are approaching their pubertal growth spurt which for girls can be from ages 11 - 13 and for boys from 13 - 15. Each child is different and it is recommended that a child visit an orthodontist by the age 8 to assess if future treatment is needed. An orthodontist can monitor developing teeth through interceptive orthodontics and assess your child to determine if he or she would benefit from braces.

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

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

No, having braces will not prevent you from participating in school activities. If you play a musical instrument with a mouthpiece you may have an adjustment period with your new braces or may need to obtain brace covers to prevent discomfort. Athletes are advised to wear mouth guards when playing to protect their braces.

Am I too old to get braces?

Am I too old to get braces?

Adult braces are increasingly common, making up around 35% of orthodontic treatments. If your teeth and gums are healthy, you are likely eligible to enjoy the cosmetic and preventative health benefits of braces. We offer a variety of options for adult braces, including discreet and invisible braces that are low maintenance and require fewer follow-up visits.

How long do you need to have braces?

How long do you need to have braces?

Braces are worn for an average of 1-2 years, but each case is individual. Treatment time may be affected by the severity of correction necessary and regular maintenance.

Does an orthodontist replace a dentist?

Does an orthodontist replace a dentist?

No, you should continue to see your dentist every six months for regular check-ups and cleanings to make sure your teeth stay healthy while undergoing orthodontic treatment. With braces and orthodontic appliances, 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 so it’s very important you still visit your dentist.

How much do braces and Invisalign® cost?

How much do braces and Invisalign® cost?

Dr. Dan Dagasso Orthodontics provides complimentary consultation exam to first time patients. Treatment plans are specialized and unique to each patient so the cost of braces and Invisalign® varies. Dr. Dagasso and his team are happy to work with you and your benefits provider to help assess your eligible coverage. Ask about our convenient payment plans!

Are there any eating or diet restrictions?

Are there any eating or diet restrictions?

Dr. Dan Dagasso Orthodontics provides complimentary consultation exam to first time patients. Treatment plans are specialized and unique to each patient so the cost of braces and Invisalign® varies. Dr. Dagasso and his team are happy to work with you and your benefits provider to help assess your eligible coverage. Ask about our convenient payment plans!

Do I need to brush my teeth differently with braces?

Do I need to brush my teeth differently with braces?

With braces on, your teeth are more difficult to clean as food and plaque tends to get stuck around the metal appliance. Brushing your teeth properly after every snack and meal will reduce the risk of decay and gum disease. We will provide you with the brushing essentials you need for at home cleaning and while on the go at work or school. Flossing is also recommended at least once a day with super or regular floss and a floss threader to get into those hard to reach places. Watch the videos below on some samples of brushing and cleaning techniques while wearing braces.

Emergency Care

True orthodontic emergencies are rare, but if you experience severe pain or have a painful appliance you should call our office to schedule an appointment. You might be surprised to learn that you may be able to solve many problems yourself temporarily. Outlined below are some common issues and what you should do in the event that they occur.

After alleviating your discomfort, it is very important that you still call our office as soon as possible to schedule a time to repair the problem. Allowing your appliance to remain damaged for an extended period of time may result in disruptions and altered results to your treatment plan.

General Soreness

When you first get your braces on, you may feel general soreness in your mouth and teeth may be tender to biting pressures for three to five days. Below are some tips on how to adjust to life with braces:

  • Stick to a soft diet until your teeth do not hurt to chew.
  • The lips, cheeks, and tongue may become irritated for one to two weeks as they learn a new posture and become accustomed to the surface of the braces. You can put wax on the braces to lessen irritation.
  • Irritated gums and other sore spots can be relieved by rinsing your mouth with a warm salt-water mouthwash made by dissolving one teaspoonful of salt in eight ounces of warm water.
  • If sores develop on the inside of your mouth place Orabase® oral pain reliever on the affected area to help relieve discomfort; Orabase® can be found in a pharmacy.
  • If the tenderness is severe, take Acetaminophen (Tylenol®) or whatever you normally take for headache or similar pain.

Headgear Discomfort

Sometimes discomfort can occur if headgear is not worn as instructed. The headgear should hurt less the more it's worn, so be sure you get in the prescribed number of hours. If the facebow (metal piece) is bent, please call our office for assistance.

Loose Appliances

If your appliance becomes loose call the office to see if you should be scheduled for an appointment.

Loose Bracket

If your bracket or band is still attached to the wire, you should leave it in place and put wax on it to alleviate discomfort. If the bracket or band can be removed easily, place it in a plastic bag or envelope and save it. Call our office to schedule an appointment and bring the piece with you for repair.

Poking Wire

If a wire is poking you, use a pencil eraser to push it down or place orthodontic wax on it to prevent irritation.

Loose Wire

If the wire has slid to one side, you can pull it back to the other side and place it back in the tube on the back tooth using a pair of tweezers or needle-nosed pliers and cover the end with orthodontic wax. If a coloured o-ring is missing you can tie a piece of floss around the bracket to prevent movement. If you cannot put the wire into a comfortable position, and covering the end with wax doesn't help, as a last resort use a small fingernail clipper to clip the wire behind the last tooth to which it is securely fastened. If the end of the wire is still sharp place wax on it. Call us to schedule an appointment to resolve the issue.

  • Broken Brackets
  • Poking Wires
  • Wax Patient Comfort