What is orthodontics?

FAQ Orthodontics is the dental specialty that focuses on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of dental and facial abnormalities. It is also referred to as dentofacial orthopedics.

What is an orthodontist?

An orthodontist is a dentist who has pursued two to three years of additional education in the field of orthodontics. Dr. Restic is experienced in straightening teeth, correcting jaw alignment and improving the overall function of your occlusion.

At what age should I schedule an appointment for an orthodontic screening?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic screening at age seven. In most children, by this age, several permanent teeth have erupted allowing us to effectively evaluate your orthodontic condition.

How do I care for my teeth during orthodontic treatment?

Patients should brush their teeth at least five times each day -in the morning when you wake up, after each meal and before going to bed. We will show each patient how to floss their teeth with braces and may also provide a prescription for a special fluoride, if necessary.

Once treatment begins, we will provide a complete list of foods to avoid. Some of those foods include: ice, hard candy, raw vegetables and all sticky foods (i.e. caramel and taffy). You can avoid most emergency appointments by carefully following our instructions.

If you are wearing a retainer, be sure to store it in its case when brushing, flossing or eating. You can clean your retainer using denture cleaner once a day. Do not put it in the dishwasher or use very hot water.

What are orthodontic braces?

Braces are designed to help enhance the look of your smile and function of your bite. Wilsonville Orthodontics offers several types of braces including: Conventional metal and clear braces, Damon self-ligating braces and Invisalign.

How long will it take to complete treatment?

Treatment time obviously depends on each patient's specific orthodontic problem. In most cases, treatment times range between 12 to 30 months.

Do braces hurt?

Generally, braces do not "hurt." After certain visits, your teeth may be sore for a few days. In these situations, pain medication such as Advil or Tylenol 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! "

Do I need to see my family dentist while in braces?

Yes! Regular checkups with your family dentist are important. Likewise, your dentist will determine the intervals between cleaning appointments while you are in braces.

Can I still play sports and musical instruments with braces?

Yes. It may take some time to adjust to playing instruments with braces. We do recommend wearing a mouthguard for sports.

How often will I have appointments?

Appointments are scheduled according to each patient's needs. Most patients in braces will be seen every three to twelve weeks. If there are specific situations that require more frequent monitoring, we will schedule appointments accordingly.