FAQs at Roy Orthodontics
If you are considering braces, you most likely have several questions. How long will treatment last? Do braces hurt? Are adult orthodontics worth it? At Roy Orthodontics, we hear several inquiries every day from potential and existing patients. Here, we have compiled a list of the most common orthodontic FAQs. No matter what your questions or concerns, our team is here to address your needs and make sure you have the most pleasant experience possible.
My general dentist offers braces. Why should I choose an orthodontic specialist?
One does well what one does often. Although hundreds of general dentists offer braces, only an orthodontist has dedicated two to three additional years to their craft. A licensed orthodontist must complete further training upon graduation from a four-year dental school. Dr. Carl Roy is not only a specialist, he is a board-certified orthodontist, which means he has taken extra steps to demonstrate his dedication to the field.
Do braces hurt?
The first day or two after your braces are placed, slight tenderness is to be expected. This is, however, only temporary. Any discomfort can be adequately addressed with over-the-counter pain relievers, such as Tylenol, Advil, or Aleve.
How long will my treatment last?
Orthodontic treatment is personalized and complex. Therefore, each treatment plan will be designed to address the unique needs of every individual. While one patient may only require six months of treatment, another patient may be in braces for two years or more. On average, orthodontic treatment lasts approximately 18 to 24 months.
I’m an adult. Isn’t it too late to have braces?
Not at all! Orthodontics work just as well for adults as they do for our younger patients. In fact, undergoing adult orthodontic treatment will not only deliver the beautiful smile you desire, it will also reduce your risk for other dental problems, such as gum disease and tooth decay.
Do I need a referral to make an appointment?
No. While many of our patients are referred to us by their general dentist, we also see people who have taken the initiative to explore treatment for themselves.
When should I schedule my child’s first orthodontic visit?
According to the American Association of Orthodontists, it is a good idea to schedule your child for an orthodontic appointment around age seven. At this age, many permanent teeth have erupted, but the oral and maxillofacial structures are still developing. Therefore, it is an ideal age to perform an orthodontic screening.
How often will I need to come in for checkups?
Because each patient is unique, checkups will be scheduled according to your specific needs. However, on average, most patients come in once every six to 10 weeks.
Will I need to have teeth removed prior to treatment?
In some cases, severe crowding can make orthodontic treatment difficult. Occasionally, we recommend that patients have extractions before braces. However, due to advances in technology, this is not often required.
How much will treatment cost?
Every patient has specific and unique orthodontic needs. Therefore, it is impossible to quote an exact fee without an evaluation. Once Dr. Roy sees you for your initial consultation, our financial team will outline your treatment, along with all associated costs. We believe in cost transparency. Therefore, you will know exactly what to expect before your treatment even begins. We believe everyone should have access to high-quality care. Therefore, we offer numerous payment plans to fit your needs and budget.
Will I still need to see my general dentist while under your care?
Yes. To achieve the desired comprehensive results, dentistry must be a team effort. Therefore, it is important that you attend all routine dental cleanings and examinations while undergoing orthodontic treatment. We will communicate directly with your dentist while you are under our care.
How can I make an appointment?
If you are interested in scheduling a consultation with Dr. Roy, simply call one of our office locations. We serve Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, and all surrounding communities. You can also contact us online.
My sincere thanks to Dr. Roy and his team for showing me the way! My baby teeth had to be crowned for years since 2 of my adult teeth never came in. This was just one piece of the puzzle that needed figuring out. I’m proud of my smile and it shows every time I meet someone!- Liz