Orthodontist Facts for Kids

Orthodontic FAQs

Below are some answers to frequently asked questions about visiting an orthodontist, orthodontics, and children's braces. At Weaver & Stratton, we aren't only your #1 pediatric dentist; we also have a children's orthodontist in Jacksonville and St. Johns, FL. When your child comes to our orthodontist, we always provide the best care in a friendly enviroment.

What is orthodontics?

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

What's the best age to have an orthodontist evaluation?

If you want to improve the look and feel of your smile, then any age can be a great age to have an orthodontic dentist evaluation. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children first be evaluated around the age of seven; however, orthodontic treatment is not exclusive to children and teens, with about one in every five orthodontic patients being over the age of 21. Whether you're considering treatment for yourself, or for a child, any time is a good time to visit our office for an evaluation.

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 ask us if you need a fluoride rinse. This will help prevent cavities!
  • If you take out your retainer to eat, brush your teeth, and floss, then remember to keep it safe in its container so that it does not get lost or broken.
  • Keep your retainer clean too by brushing it gently with a toothbrush and toothpaste. You may also use denture cleaner twice a week. Do not use hot, boiling water or the dishwasher.
  • During your treatment, try to 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).
  • Be sure to schedule your routine checkups.

What are braces?

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

  • Ceramic braces
  • Self-ligating braces
  • Traditional metal braces

If I get braces, how long do I have to wear them?

The amount of time spent in childrens braces can vary depending on the individual patient. Every smile responds differently to treatment. Treatment times can take anywhere between 6 to 30 months; however, most standard treatments take about 24 months.

Do braces hurt?

Braces do not often hurt; however, you may feel a small amount of discomfort for a couple days as your teeth, gums, cheeks, and mouth gets used to your new braces.

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

With children's braces, you should brush your teeth at least three times a day to keep your teeth, gums, and mouth healthy and clean. Brushing regularly will help remove any food that may be caught between the braces. You should also floss daily to get in between your braces where your brush isn't able to reach. We can show you how to properly brush and floss once your braces are placed.

If I have braces, do I still need dental checkups every six months?

Yes! In fact, it's even more important that patients receiving orthodontic treatment visit their dentist regularly. 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.

Will my braces interfere with my school activities like 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 school activities. If you play a contact sport, it is recommended that you wear a mouthguard to protect your braces or appliance.

How do I schedule my next orthodontist appointment?

Simply call our orthodontist Jacksonville or St. Johns, FL at (904) 264-5437! Our front desk staff will be happy to help schedule your next appointment at your convenience. If your child is a new pediatric dental patient or has been referred to our practice, please let us know, and we will provide you with all of the information you need.


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