Frequently asked questions
Q: How often will I come in after my braces are on?
A: Every four to six weeks a thirty minute adjustment appointment will be scheduled. At this appointment, treatment progress will be evaluated and arch wire changes may be necessary.
Q: How long do most people have braces?
A: Most patients wear braces for 1-3 years. However, the length of time in braces can vary greatly for each person based on growth, the severity of the problem, and how well the patient takes care of their braces and keeps up their oral hygiene.
Q: Will braces interfere with school activities like sports, playing an instrument, or singing?
A: 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 mouth guard to protect your braces or appliance.
Q: Do I need to brush my teeth more often if I have braces?
A: Good brushing is very important during orthodontic treatment. With braces on your teeth, extra attention is required to remove plaque from under wires and around the brackets. You should also floss daily to get in between your braces where your brush isn’t able to reach. Failure to remove plaque around the appliances will result in decalcification (white spots) on the teeth after the braces are removed. These white spots are permanent. Dr. Nippert and staff review home care instructions and demonstrate how best to clean around the braces.
Q: If I have braces, do I still need dental checkups every six months?
A: Yes. Your dentist and Dr. Nippert will work together to identify any concerns with cavities or gum problems during your orthodontic treatment.
Q: Will I need a retainer after my braces are removed?
A: Retainer wear is every bit as important as the active phase of treatment. It is necessary to hold your teeth in their straight position while the gum tissue and supporting bone remodel to the straight tooth position.