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At Wildflower Orthodontics, there’s no such thing as a silly question. So, if we didn’t answer a question you have below, call us or email us. We’d love to help in any way we can.

An orthodontist is a specialist within the field of dentistry. They attend 2 to 3 years of advanced training after dental school, focusing on tooth movement and facial development.

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child first visit an orthodontist by age 7. Many orthodontic problems can be solved more easily at a younger age, before jaw growth slows, to avoid the need for more complicated procedures. That being said, treatment can be sought out at any age, and there are many attractive treatment options available to adults today that ensure an efficient, aesthetic, and comfortable orthodontic experience.

It may take a little getting used to, but you can definitely play sports or an instrument while wearing braces. We highly recommend a mouthguard to protect your teeth and appliance while participating in activities.

Sore teeth during orthodontic treatment are normal and result from the forces placed on the teeth to move them. There may be some discomfort and soreness for a few weeks after getting your braces on and for several days after an adjustment. Ibuprofen or acetaminophen may be taken to help reduce the soreness. Areas of your mouth like your lips, cheeks, and tongue may become irritated as they adjust to the surface of the braces. You can put wax on the braces to lessen this discomfort.

If a bonded appliance (i.e. Herbst, Carriere, etc.) comes loose, it can cause irritation and soreness. A loose orthodontic appliance will not move teeth to their proper positions. This can result in a delay in treatment progress. It is important to call us to inquire about scheduling an appointment to repair the loose appliance.