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Frequently Asked Orthodontic Questions – Marlborough, MA

Know What to Expect During Treatment

On this page, we’ve listed to answers to some of the most common questions we’ve received to help you stay informed about your treatment. Be sure to call us if you have any other concerns.

When’s the best time for my child’s first exam?

Around your son or daughter’s seventh birthday (at which point they have likely lost most of their baby teeth), you should visit us for an examination. Traditional braces may not be used at this point, but nevertheless we can still identify certain issues and treat them while the jaw and underlying bone are still growing.

Will a retainer be necessary?

Yes, you or your child will need to wear a retainer for at least 23 hours a day after braces or Invisalign. This keeps the teeth in their new positions. For the best results, you should only take out your retainer during meals or whenever you need to brush and floss.

What kind of orthodontic options are there besides metal braces?

Many adults and teenagers prefer clear/ceramic braces or Invisalign instead of traditional braces. Since they’re transparent, they’re not nearly as noticeable and make it much easier to keep your orthodontic treatment discreet. Comfortable Damon braces that reduce the number of appointments needed are also available.

What is the best way to finance my care?

Whether you have dental insurance, Medicaid, or need to rely on third-party financing, we’re willing to work with you to maximize your savings. Our staff can help you understand your benefits, file claims, and apply for CareCredit as needed. We are an insurance-friendly orthodontic office and can accept many different plans.

Does it hurt to get braces?

Of course, some minor soreness is to be expected during an orthodontic treatment; it’s a sign that the teeth are starting to move. You may also notice similar discomfort after each tightening appointment for traditional braces. The soreness should go away over time. If it becomes particularly bothersome, you can manage it with an over-the-counter medication.

How long will the process last?

Both the method of treatment and the kind of adjustment you need can affect treatment time. It could be as little as six months or as many as 30, but we can only give you an estimate after we’ve seen you for an appointment.

Do I still need to visit the general dentist?

Even if you’re seeing an orthodontist on a regular basis, it’s still important to receive an examination and cleaning from your regular dentist every six months. Our orthodontists can work together with your general dentist to maintain your dental health and avoid the gum disease and tooth decay that can complicate your care.