Dr. Randy Wright and our team understand that receiving braces or any sort of orthodontic treatment is a big change for you, and we are happy to help you feel more at ease about the matter by answering your biggest questions. Please feel free to review the following information prior to your visit to Wright Orthodontics:

Does my dentist need to schedule my orthodontic appointment?
At what age should my child see the orthodontist?
Will my child’s teeth straighten out as they grow?
What should I expect at my first visit?
What will I learn during my initial consultation?
How long will treatment last?
How much does treatment cost, and will my insurance cover it?
How often do I need to visit the orthodontist?
Can all of my appointments occur after school?
Do I need to remain with my child during all appointments?
Do braces hurt?
Can my child return to school the day he/she receives braces?
Do you recycle braces?
Can I play sports while wearing braces?
Do I still need to visit the dentist while wearing braces?
Are there some foods I should avoid while wearing braces?
How often do I need to brush my teeth while wearing braces?
What should I do if I experience an emergency?
Can my child receive orthodontic treatment while he/she still has baby teeth?
Will my child still need braces if he/she received Phase I treatment?
Can I still get braces if I am an adult?
Can I get braces if I have a dental crown or a missing tooth?
Why should I choose an orthodontist?

 

Does my dentist need to schedule my orthodontic appointment?
While many of our patients are referred to us by their dentist, you are welcome to take initiative and schedule your own appointment.

 

At what age should my child see the orthodontist?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children be seen by an orthodontist at age seven. By this point in life, your child should have permanent teeth that will allow Dr. Randy Wright to evaluate and predict your child’s oral development.

 

Will my child’s teeth straighten out as they grow?
No, the space between teeth does not increase. Only orthodontic treatment can correct crooked and overcrowded teeth.

 

What should I expect at my first visit?
When you visit Wright Orthodontics for the first time, our team will show you around the office to help you become familiar with our practice. During your appointment, we will take X-rays and photographs of your smile to diagnose your dental condition. Our orthodontist will perform a brief, thorough exam and provide you with the best possible treatment recommendations.

 

What will I learn during my initial consultation?
During your first appointment, we will cover four basic questions:

  • Is there an orthodontic concern, and if so, what is it?
  • Which treatment will yield the best results?
  • What will be the time frame for treatment?
  • What is the cost of treatment?

 

How long will treatment last?
The length of treatment depends on each patient and their oral condition. Typically, treatment lasts between 12-30 months, with an average of 22 months.

 

How much does treatment cost, and will my insurance cover it?
We cannot give an exact quote on cost until Dr. Randy Wright has examined your smile. We will discuss treatment cost and financial options during your initial visit, and will offer you a variety of financial options. Our team will also help you determine if your insurance plan includes any orthodontic benefits; if so, we will gladly file your insurance claim.

 

How often do I need to visit the orthodontist?
The frequency of your appointments depends on your needs. On average, patients visit us every five to ten weeks, but specific situations need additional monitoring. We will schedule your appointments accordingly.

 

Can all of my appointments occur after school?
Unfortunately, we cannot always schedule your appointments after school, but because your appointments will typically be scheduled five to ten weeks apart, you should only miss minimal school time. Our team will make a sincere effort to meet your scheduling needs.

 

Do I need to remain with my child during all appointments?
No, you are welcome to drop your child off in our care. We understand you have a busy schedule, too. However, there may be times when we will need to speak with you following an appointment, and we ask that you check in with your patient manager before dropping off your child.

 

Do braces hurt?
In general, braces should not “hurt.” You may experience some soreness after receiving braces or having them adjusted, but many patients do not feel anything at all. If needed, you can take Advil, Tylenol, or another pain medication to help you remain comfortable.

 

Can my child return to school the day he/she receives braces?
Yes. Braces do not require any down time.

 

Do you recycle braces?
Never. Each patient is provided with their own set of brand-new braces.

 

Can I play sports while wearing braces?
Yes, though we highly recommend you wear a sports mouth guard.

 

Do I still need to visit the dentist while wearing braces?
Absolutely. Regular checkups with the dentist for cleanings and exams are very important.

 

Are there some foods I should avoid while wearing braces?
Some foods can cause damage to your braces or increase your risk of tooth decay. These foods include items that are hard, crunchy, sticky, or high in sugar. Dr. Randy Wright will provide you with a complete list of foods to avoid during orthodontic treatment.

 

How often do I need to brush my teeth while wearing braces?
We encourage you brush your teeth four times a day—after breakfast, after lunch or upon coming home from school, after supper, and before bed. Our team will show you how to floss with braces, and we can provide fluoride supplements if needed.

 

What should I do if I experience an emergency?
Call our office if something breaks or is causing you pain. In many cases, we can walk you through solving the situation over the phone. Please let us know if you need to visit our office as soon as possible.

 

Can my child receive orthodontic treatment while he/she still has baby teeth?
Yes, this is called Phase I treatment and is generally recommended for children ages seven to ten. It lasts about 12-21 months and addresses developmental issues in the teeth and jaws to prevent problems from becoming more severe.

 

Will my child still need braces if he/she received Phase I treatment?
Most young patients still require braces or another form of orthodontics in the future (this is known as Phase II treatment). Our orthodontist will monitor your child’s smile during a “resting period” between phases and will keep you informed of any treatment recommendations.

 

Can I still get braces if I am an adult?
Absolutely! The number of adult patients is continually increasing—as much as 25% of orthodontic patients are adults. You are never too old for braces!

 

Can I get braces if I have a dental crown or a missing tooth?
Yes. In fact, orthodontic treatment will aid in correcting the alignment of any teeth that shifted out of place after tooth loss.

 

Why should I choose an orthodontist?
Only orthodontists possess the education, knowledge, skills, and experience to treat tooth and jaw alignment. They undergo extensive training to provide patients with specialized care and the most effective treatments.

 

We hope you have found this information to be helpful. Please feel free to contact our office if you have any further questions about undergoing orthodontic treatment in Batavia, Illinois.