Orthodontic FAQs - Cosse & Silmon Orthodontics | Shreveport Bossier City Stonewall Minden LA


Frequently Asked Questions About Orthodontics

What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a specialty of dentistry that focuses on diagnosing, preventing, and treating dental and facial irregularities. Orthodontic treatment uses braces, clear aligners, and other appliances to straighten teeth and correct bite issues.

What age should my child first see an orthodontist?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children receive their first orthodontic evaluation by age seven. This allows for early detection and treatment of orthodontic issues before they worsen.

How long does orthodontic treatment take?

The length of orthodontic treatment varies depending on the severity of the case and the type of treatment used. Treatment typically takes between 18 and 24 months but can be shorter or longer, depending on the individual.

Can I still play sports with braces?

Yes, you can still play sports with braces. We recommend wearing a mouthguard to protect your teeth and braces during contact sports.

Are clear aligners as effective as traditional braces?

Yes, clear aligners like Invisalign are just as effective as traditional braces for most orthodontic cases. In fact, clear aligners offer several advantages over traditional braces, including being nearly invisible and removable for easier cleaning.

How often do I need to visit the orthodontist during treatment?

Most patients need to visit the orthodontist every 4-6 weeks during treatment to adjust their braces and ensure treatment is progressing as planned.

What foods should I avoid with braces?

Patients with braces should avoid hard, sticky, or chewy foods that can damage or dislodge brackets and wires. These include items like popcorn, nuts, gum, and hard candy.

Will I need to wear a retainer after treatment?

Yes, a retainer is necessary after orthodontic treatment to help maintain your new smile. Most patients wear a retainer full-time for several months after treatment and then switch to wearing it only at night.

How much does orthodontic treatment cost?

The cost of orthodontic treatment varies depending on the treatment type needed and the treatment length. We offer flexible payment plans and accept most insurance plans to help make treatment more affordable.

Is orthodontic treatment painful?

There may be some discomfort during the first few days after getting braces or having them adjusted. Over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen can help alleviate any discomfort. Clear aligners like Invisalign are typically less painful than traditional braces.