Dr. Fretty uses braces to help patients correct structural problems with their teeth or jaws. While braces have been around for generations, new procedures and options continue to advance how we address certain needs. If you have questions, please contact us to help answer your specific concerns.
At what age should I schedule my child’s first appointment for an orthodontic screening?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic screening at age seven. By this age, several permanent teeth have erupted in most children, allowing us to effectively evaluate a child’s orthodontic condition.
How long will it take to complete treatment?
Treatment time obviously depends on each patient’s specific orthodontic problem. In general, treatment time lasts from 18 months to 28 months. The “average” time frame a person is in braces is approximately 22 months.
Do braces hurt?
Generally, braces do not “hurt.” After certain visits, teeth may be sore for a few days. In these situations, pain medications such as Advil will ease the discomfort. However, after most visits, patients do not feel any soreness at all! We often remind our patients, “It does not have to hurt to work!”
Can I still play sports?
Yes, and we recommend a mouthguard for all sports.