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Frequently Asked Orthodontic Questions – Derry, NH 

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We get many questions from patients and parents when it comes to orthodontic care. Taking care of you or your child’s oral health shouldn’t be difficult or confusing, which is why we’ve included our most common questions (along with their answers) on our website! Be sure to give us a call if you have a question that isn’t covered here!

When should my child’s first exam be scheduled?

We recommend parents bring their child in for an initial exam by the age of seven. Most of their baby teeth will have likely fallen out at this point, giving us a chance to catch any underlying problems and treat them properly. Treatment at this age can quickly correct current alignment issues and prevent many from developing in the first place.

Are retainers mandatory after braces come off?

Every patient must wear a retainer after braces are removed so that the teeth do not shift back into their previous position. When a patient first begins wearing a retainer, they will need to wear it for at least 23 hours per day. They should only remove it when eating meals or practicing daily oral care.

Do I have options for straightening teeth outside of metal braces?

We sure do! There are multiple options for you to consider, whether treatment is for your son or daughter or yourself! This includes self-ligating braces, clear/ceramic braces, and Invisalign, all of which are made using clear and tooth-colored materials. We’ll go over the differences in these treatments in more detail during your visit.

What is the best way to finance treatment?

We provide many options for financing treatments at Simply Orthodontics Derry. The best option really depends on whether you have dental insurance or Medicaid. However, we also recommend third-party financing through CareCredit if neither methods are an option. We are insurance-friendly and work with many dental plans, so you can rely on us to file your claims.

Does getting braces cause discomfort?

When placing the braces themselves, there is generally little to no discomfort involved. Once you have had them for a few days, you may experience some minor soreness and aches, but this is a normal part of the orthodontic process. You may also experience some soreness following each tightening appointment. This is assuming you receive traditional metal braces. You can take over-the-counter medications to manage discomfort if it appears.

How long does treatment take?

Treatment can take anywhere between six and 30 months to complete, but this widely varies depending on the treatment you choose. It also can vary if your issue is more severe in nature. We will talk more about your treatment length in detail when you arrive.

Do I still need to visit my general dentist?

Regular visits to your dentist are essential while undergoing orthodontics. That’s why we recommend visiting once every six months to have your mouth examined and cleaned. It’s very important to maintain positive oral health throughout orthodontic care to avoid complications and interruptions.