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Johnson Orthodontics

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

"The fact is, when you smile it brightens the world for everyone!" - Paul Johnson

What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics (also referred to as dentofacial orthopedics) is a specialized form of dentistry focusing on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial abnormalities.

Who is an orthodontist?

An orthodontist is a dental specialist who has received 2 to 3 years of additional training and experience. Your orthodontist is able to straighten teeth, correct misaligned jaw structure, and improve the function of your smile. Meet Dr. Johnson and the Staff.

What's the best age to visit the orthodontist?

If you want to improve the look and feel of your smile, then any age can be a great age to see the orthodontist. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children first visit an orthodontist around the age of 7 so that developing problems with the teeth or facial skeleton can be identified while time is in the patient's favor (see Interceptive Treatment for more details). But orthodontic treatment is not exclusive to children and teens - about one in every five orthodontic patients is over the age of 21. Whether you're considering treatment for yourself or for a child, there is no time like the present to schedule a complimentary examination.

How can I take care of my teeth if I'm wearing braces or a retainer?

  • ALWAYS remember to brush your teeth after every meal and floss at least once a day.

  • Make sure to use toothpaste that contains fluoride and use a daily fluoride rinse. This will help prevent cavities!
  • When you take out your retainer to eat, brush your teeth, and floss, remember to keep it safe in its container so that it does not get lost or broken.

  • Keep your retainer clean by brushing it gently with a toothbrush and water. You may also use denture cleaner twice a week. Do not use hot, boiling water or the dishwasher because this may melt or distort it.

  • During your treatment, avoid foods with a lot of sugar (sugar increases the amount of bacteria that grows in your mouth, causing more plaque and possibly cavities).

  • Avoid sticky and chewy foods (caramel, chewing gum, gummy bears), hard foods (hard candy, nuts, ice cubes) or any foods that could possibly get stuck in your braces (corn on the cob, soft bagels, ribs, taffy, etc). See our complete lists of foods to avoid and foods you can eat.

  • Be sure to schedule your routine cleanings with your family dentist. It is recommended that you visit the dentist every 4 months while your braces are in place.
  • What are braces?

    Braces are used by your orthodontist to help you improve the look and feel of your smile! There are several different types of braces to choose from, including:

  • Ceramic braces
  • Invisible braces
  • Metal braces
  • If I get braces, how long must I wear them?

    The amount of time spent in braces can vary depending on the individual patient. Every smile responds differently to treatment. Treatment times can take anywhere from 6 to 30 months with most comprehensive treatments averaging about 22 months.

    Are braces uncomfortable?

    The process of placing your braces does not hurt, however, you may feel a some discomfort for a couple days after having them placed as your teeth, gums, cheeks, and mouth get used to your new braces.

    Do I need to brush my teeth more often if I have braces?

    With braces, you should brush your teeth every time after you eat to keep your teeth, gums, and mouth healthy and clean. Brushing regularly will help remove food and plaque that accumulates on the teeth and braces. You should also floss daily to clean where your brush is unable to reach. You will receive brushing and flossing instructions from Dr. Johnson and his staff once your braces are placed.

    Do I still need dental checkups during braces treatment?

    Yes! In fact, it's even more important that patients receiving orthodontic treatment visit their dentist regularly, in fact we recommend seeing your dentist for a professional cleaning every 4 months while you are in your braces. With braces, food may be caught in places that your toothbrush can't reach. This causes bacteria to build up and can lead to cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease. Dr. Johnson will work closely with your dentist to make sure that your teeth stay clean and healthy while wearing braces.

    Will braces interfere with sports, playing an instrument, or singing?

    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 normal activities. If you play a contact sport, it is recommended that you wear a mouth guard to protect your braces. We have special mouth guards that are used with braces should you need one.

    How do I schedule my next appointment?

    Simply contact our office! Our front desk staff will be happy to schedule your next appointment at your convenience. If you are a new patient or have been referred to our office, please let us know, so we may provide you with all of the information you need.

    Recent Patients at Johnson Orthodontics

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    We want you and your family to have fun and be comfortable in our office. We have a fun monthly Patient of the Month Contest with a monthly drawing for various prizes for all ages to encourage good oral hygiene and cooperation. See Side Bar for recent winners.

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    There has never been a better time to get the smile you've always wanted. Contact our office and schedule your complimentary exam to get started today. We look forward to meeting you and giving you something to smile about!