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Braces FAQ

Anyone can benefit from braces!


We are proud to offer a wide variety of braces using the most state-of-the-art orthodontic technology available today. As your Smyrna orthodontics team, we are confident that we have the best method to fix every orthodontic issue based on your lifestyle and personalized needs.

Self-Ligating Braces

Self-ligating braces hold arch wires in place without rubber bands. This new self-ligating technology provides a bracket that offers a more convenient and comfortable orthodontic treatment. These braces allow wires to move smoothly and efficiently so your orthodontic treatment requires less office visits, less discomfort and a more beautiful smile!

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Braces FAQs

The placement of your braces will not hurt at all, although there may be some soreness or discomfort in the hours and days immediately following placement. Over-the-counter medications can help with soreness or muscle ache, but make sure to consult the doctor before you take anything.
The length of your orthodontic treatment will depend on the plan decided upon between you and the doctor. Factors affecting the length of orthodontic treatment can include the severity of your misalignment, patient compliance, age and even height! That said, a typical round of orthodontic treatment can last between 12 and 24 months.
Appointments for adjustments to braces are generally scheduled 6-8 weeks apart.
Dr. Smith recommends monitoring a child's teeth as early as age 7, though orthodontic treatment may not be necessary yet at that point.
Absolutely not! Nobody is too old for a beautiful smile through orthodontic treatment with us.
With advances in orthodontic technology, your options are as diverse as our patients' needs. From traditional metal wire-and-bracket braces to the more concealed lingual and Invisalign options, you can choose whatever orthodontic treatment fits best for you.
Yes. Once orthodontic treatment begins, we will explain the complete instructions and provide a comprehensive list of foods to avoid while you're wearing braces. Some of those foods include: ice, hard candy, raw vegetables and all sticky foods (i.e. caramel and taffy). By carefully following our instructions, you can usually avoid having emergency appointments to repair broken or damaged braces.
Patients with braces should brush their teeth at least four times each day – after each meal and before going to bed. We will show each orthodontic patient how to floss his or her teeth with braces and may also provide a prescription for a special fluoride if necessary.
No. It is recommended, however, that patients protect their braces and their smiles by wearing a mouth guard when participating in any sporting activity. Mouth guards are inexpensive, comfortable, and come in a variety of colors and patterns.
No. However, there may be an initial period of adjustment when you first get your braces. In addition, brace covers can be provided to prevent discomfort.