TOP SMILE ORTHODONTICS

182 South Collins Road #700

Sunnyvale, TX 75182

972-226-3000

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is an Orthodontist?

 

Orthodontists and dentists both help patients achieve their oral health goals. However, Orthodontists receive 2-3 additional years of schooling after they receive their dental degree. Orthodontists specialize in correcting bites and aligning teeth for a straighter smile. They focus mainly on correcting crooked teeth, overbites, underbites, crossbites, spaces between teeth, overcrowding, and treatment of TMD problems.

When should a child see an orthodontist?

 

According to the American Association of Orthodontists, children should schedule a consultation with an orthodontist at the age of 7. At the age of 7, Dr. Rohani can determine if any orthodontic treatment is needed by reviewing the following:

  • Tooth loss and eruption,

  • Crowding and spacing

  • Tooth alignment

  • Protrusive Front Teeth

  • Open bites

  • Cross bites

  • Under bites

 

Dr. Rohani recommends screening all young patients at the age of 7 so he is able to intervene, identify and correct any potential problems. While we might need to wait to correct a problem in some cases, it is always best to be seen earlier. Early detection can help us prevent future orthodontic treatment.

What kind of braces are available?

 

Our office provides several different types of Orthodontic treatment. Dr. Rohani will create a treatment plan that best fits your individual needs to achieve your smile goal.

 

  • Self-litigating Brackets

  • Traditional Brackets

  • Clear Brackets

  • Invisalign

  • Propel Orthodontics

  • Orthodontic Appliances

 

How long do I need to wear braces?

 

The length of time in orthodontic treatment can vary for every patient. Depending on your needs and treatment plan, orthodontic treatment may be needed anywhere from 12 months-24 months. Our office offers the latest technology that can reduce time in braces. We also encourage our patients to keep good oral hygiene care while in braces as this can also affect the length of time in braces. Dr. Rohani and his team will give great guidance on how to care your teeth while in treatment.

Will my braces hurt?

 

While Dr. Rohani and his team are putting on your braces, you won’t feel any pain. Your gums and teeth may be a bit sore after the procedure but that is normal. The soreness can last up to a few days but is rarely painful. For the first week after your braces are put on, we recommend taking an over the counter pain reliever and eat soft foods. These will help eliminate any discomfort you may have.

What foods should I avoid?

 

Braces and appliances are pretty sturdy, but we do ask that you avoid any hard, sticky, and chewy foods while in treatment. Maintaining a healthy diet is important for everyone’s teeth and overall health. The healthier you are, the better outcome of your orthodontic treatment

 

FOODS TO AVOID

 

  • Popcorn

  • Nuts

  • Sticky and Hard Candy & Chocolate

  • Gum

  • Ice

  • Hard Cookies

 

RECOMMENDED FOOD

 

  • Fruits

  • Yogurt

  • Mashed Potatoes

  • Pasta

What happens if a bracket does come off?

 

Don’t worry! If one of your brackets pops off, call our office and schedule an appointment. We will schedule to have it bonded back on.

Can I still play sports while wearing braces?

Absolutely! Orthodontic treatment will not prohibit you from your normal day-to-day activities. If you are playing a contact sport or playing a musical instrument, we recommend using a mouth guard. A mouth guard will protect your teeth if they ever come in contact with an object. Our office can make you a customized mouth guard specifically for braces.