An orthodontist is a dental specialist who has received two to three years of additional training and experience. Your orthodontist is able to straighten teeth, correct misaligned jaw structure, and improve the function and look of your smile.
Whether you're considering treatment for yourself or a child, any age is a great age to visit the orthodontist!
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children first visit an orthodontist around age seven, since early interceptive treatment can prevent invasive and costly procedures later on.
However, orthodontic treatment isn’t just for children and teens—one in every five orthodontic patients is over age 21. It’s never too late!
Simply visit our Shedule a Consultation page or call our practice! Our team is happy to help schedule your next appointment at your convenience. Let us know if you are a new patient or have been referred to our practice, and we’ll give you all the information you need to get started.
Yes! Orthodontic patients now have a variety of choices:
Every smile responds differently to treatment, so treatment time depends on the individual patient. Patients typically wear their braces for about 22 months, but treatment times range between 6 and 30 months.
When you first get your braces, you may notice that your teeth, gums, tongue, and cheeks feel a little tender or sore for a couple of weeks while they adjust. This is perfectly normal and we promise your mouth will not be sore forever! We’ll give you some wax that you can put over the braces to lessen irritation.
To relieve the pain, we recommend dissolving one teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of lukewarm water. Swish and gargle this solution in your mouth for a couple of minutes then spit out.
If the pain is more severe and isn’t relieved by rinsing, try taking an over-the-counter pain reliever.
What other appliances might go with my braces to make my treatment most effective?
For successful treatment, wear all the appliances Dr. Zwickel prescribes along with your braces. Here are a few examples:
Absolutely! It’s critical that orthodontic patients visit their dentist regularly. When you wear braces, food gets caught in places that your toothbrush can't reach. Bacteria build up, leading to cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease. Your dentist collaborates with Dr. Zwickel to make sure your teeth stay clean and healthy during your treatment.
Great news, athletes—you can still play sports while undergoing orthodontic treatment! If you play a contact sport, wear a mouthguard to protect your braces or appliance. We’re happy to help you find the best mouthguard for you.
If something hits your face, immediately check your mouth and appliance for damage. If you notice any loose teeth or appliance damage, call us right away.
Musicians who play brass woodwinds or who sing may feel awkward when you first get your braces, but you’ll soon adjust and have no problem participating keeping up with your practice and performances.
Yes, there’s no getting around it. Some foods can damage your new appliances and prolong treatment. Just remember, the changes are only temporary and you’ll be back to noshing on your favorite snacks in no time.
Foods that are a no:
Foods that are a go:
What are common issues patients with braces experience?
While you’re waiting to see Dr. Zwickel, you can push a loose wire back into place by using the back of a spoon or pencil eraser. Put wax or a wet cotton ball over a broken wire that’s causing irritation to your lips or cheeks.
The Invisalign system is the virtually invisible way to straighten your teeth and achieve the smile you’ve always wanted.
Invisalign treatment fits any lifestyle—no need to change a thing. Continue your day-to-day activities while straightening your teeth.
More than 5,000,000 patients worldwide—and counting—have been treated with Invisalign aligners. Schedule a consultation with us today and discover if Invisalign could change your future.
Remember the 3 C's of retainer care:
Always bring your retainer to your appointments and don’t hesitate to contact us with your retainer questions.