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Orthodontic FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions About Orthodontics

What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics, also known as dentofacial orthopedics, is a specialized field of dentistry focused on diagnosing, preventing, and treating dental and facial irregularities.

Who is an orthodontist?

An orthodontist is a dental specialist who undergoes two to three years of additional training beyond dental school. They specialize in straightening teeth, correcting jaw alignment, and enhancing smile function.

What’s the best age to visit the orthodontist?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends children visit an orthodontist around the age of seven, but orthodontic treatment is not limited to children and teens. Patients of any age can benefit from orthodontic care.

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

Maintaining oral hygiene with braces or a retainer involves brushing after meals, using fluoride toothpaste, and flossing daily. Patients should also keep their retainer clean and avoid certain foods that could damage braces.

What are braces?

Braces come in various types, including clear, ceramic, lingual, self-ligating, and traditional metal braces, each offering different aesthetic and functional advantages.

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

The duration of braces treatment varies for each patient, typically ranging from six to 30 months. Most standard treatments last about 22 months.

Do braces hurt?

Braces may cause some discomfort initially as patients adjust to them, but they do not typically cause significant pain.

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

Patients with braces should brush their teeth at least three times a day and floss daily to maintain oral health.

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

Regular dental checkups every six months are essential during orthodontic treatment to ensure oral health.

Will my braces interfere with my school activities like sports, playing an instrument, or singing?

Braces may require adjustments for certain activities like playing instruments or contact sports, but they should not hinder participation in school activities.

How do I schedule my next appointment?

Patients can schedule their next appointment by contacting our practice. Our staff will assist in scheduling appointments at their convenience, whether they are new or existing patients.

"I highly recommend this office to anyone who is searching for orthodontic treatment. They treat all ages, I couldn't see myself or my family going anywhere else." - Andrea C.

"Dr. Kawata has been a part of my family for two generations! I was blessed to be his patient as a teenager and now my children are blessed to be his patients. I know that we are getting the best care available." - S.E.

"My experiences with Dr. Kawata’s office have been overwhelmingly positive. From the friendly and helpful staff to the wonderful orthodontic care." - Diana R.

"Dr. Kawata’s practice makes you truly feel like part of a family!" - Angie A.

"My experience has been great! Everyone in the office is very nice, kind, and caring." - Maria O.

"I had a really great experience here over the past few years. Everyone in the office is so welcoming and friendly. I wouldn’t have wanted to get my braces anywhere else." - Cassie F.

"All four of our kids have had their orthodontic work through Dr. Kawata. In all the years we’ve been coming, his office has consistently been a pleasure to come to and I am happy to recommend his services to all my friends." - Cindy B.