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Orthodontic Braces FAQ Lomita & Downtown Los Angeles

There is no set age or time when anyone should receive braces. The trend used to be teenagers would receive braces, but nowadays as adults see the benefits of having a straightened smile they too are scheduling orthodontic appointments. Nobody is too old for braces.

However, braces should only be considered for children whose permanent teeth have fully erupted (typically between ages 10-14). There is no benefit to receiving braces for baby teeth. The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends children receive an orthodontic evaluation by the age of 7 to see how their teeth are developing.


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This answer depends on a few factors such as the type of braces worn.

For Invisalign® brand clear braces, the length of treatment depends on how many aligners you will need, which is to be determined by your orthodontists. You will wear the set of aligners for typically 2 weeks before a new one is swapped out – aiding in bringing your teeth closer and closer together. We've seen some patients completed in as few as 6 months, where others have gone over a year. It's case by case.

The same applies to traditional metal braces, which often exceed 1 year (usually 18 months – 3 months) in length due to the simple fact that metal braces work very well for teeth that are moderately to severely crooked. Keep in mind; braces are typically worn for a while even AFTER your teeth appear fully straightened in order to help stabilize them into their new position. Invisalign® braces take less time on average than metal braces.

After braces treatment, retainers will be required in order to keep your results in place and prevent your teeth from naturally returning to their original crooked position pre-orthodontics.

Our Los Angeles & Lomita orthodontists will discuss these questions in more detail specific to your needs and the composition of your teeth and gums.

Braces require special care outside of your normal brushing and flossing routine. You will also need to schedule frequent appointments with your orthodontist in order to make sure your teeth are adjusting properly.

You will also be recommended to avoid certain foods and drinks, which may put your orthodontic appliances at risk for damage. An example is refraining from gum, which is very difficult to clean out and can also damage the wiring and brackets. Your orthodontist will cover this in full detail.

Absolutely. The only limitation is that you will be strongly advised to invest in an orthodontic mouth guard, which will cover your braces and allow you to play competitively. Heavy activity will require a larger mouth guard to compensate. Talk with our orthodontists for more information on playing sports with braces.

Yes. All types of braces you should expect to experience slight pain with as your teeth adjust and move closer together. The pain often subsides after the first few weeks when your teeth and gums have become accustomed. You should also expect to see a larger than normal amount of saliva as your mouth will initially recognize the braces as a foreign object, triggering saliva production.

These are just some of the most commonly asked questions regarding braces and orthodontics. If you have a question that has not been answered here, but you would like further assistance, then please call our dental office nearest your location or fill out our convenient online form and we will get back to you as soon as a dental specialist is available.

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