When should my child visit an orthodontist?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children should visit an orthodontist for a consultation when they are about seven-years-old. We are able to determine whether the child needs to receive early orthodontic treatment at this time.
Do braces hurt?
Your teeth may feel a little sore after you receive braces or after you visit Dr. Ora Rosenfeld Canter for tightening appointments. This discomfort is temporary and can be relieved with over-the-counter pain medication.
How long do I have to wear braces?
Your orthodontic treatment length will depend on the severity of your alignment problems. Treatment can last from six months to three years, however, most cases typically last for about 22 months.
Do I still need to visit a dentist while wearing braces?
Yes. In fact, visiting a dentist becomes even more important when you are wearing braces. This is because teeth are harder to clean during an orthodontic treatment, so receiving a professional dental cleaning every six months will help to protect your teeth from problems.
Will braces interfere with activities like sports, singing, or playing an instrument?
If you play a contact sport, then our orthodontist in Astoria, New York, strongly recommends wearing a mouth guard in order to protect your braces from breaking and to prevent injury to your mouth. If you sing or play an instrument, then you may experience a short period of adjustment as you get used to completing these activities while wearing braces.