Orthodontics FAQs

Can the fee for orthodontic treatment be financed?

Yes, there are several different payment options. Please call our friendly staff at Reflections Family Dentistry at (916) 365-9262 for more details.

Do I continue to see my dentist for regular visits during orthodontic treatment?

Yes, you will need to continue to see your dentist for regular checkups.

Does orthodontic treatment hurt?

There may be a little discomfort after adjustments, but Tylenol or Advil can usually remedy any discomfort.

How long do I have to wear my braces?

We let our patients know their estimated completion date. We also let our patients know that if they miss or reschedule appointments, don't wear their elastics and do not cooperate, it will take longer.

How long do I have to wear my retainers?

For the first year you need to wear them all day and all night. After that, retainer wear depends on your individual treatment and the difficulty in holding the teeth in your corrected position.

How much do braces cost?

Every mouth is different. There is no standard fee. The doctor needs to do an exam to evaluate orthodontic needs on an individual basis.

What is a bite plate?

A bite plate helps to correct a deep bite, and it keeps you from biting into your lower braces.

What is the right age for orthodontics?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child receive an initial orthodontic examination as early as age seven. The timing of orthodontic treatment is extremely important and greatly affects the treatment result. Early diagnosis and treatment by a specialist can help prevent more serious problems.

Orthodontics is not just for children. While most people tend to associate orthodontics with children, adults are also prime candidates for treatment. Approximately 25% of all orthodontic patients are adults. Advances in technology and the introduction of more indiscriminate, clear braces make the benefits of orthodontics a must for any adult.

Why do you need braces if your teeth are straight but the bite is off?

Orthodontics isn't only for pretty teeth. A good, healthy bite helps eliminate other health problems in later years. It also helps save teeth from wearing.