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  1. Is it required that my family dentist schedule my appointment with the orthodontist?

    No, it is not. Many of our patients are referred by their family dentist, yet many other patients take the initiative to schedule an examination themselves.

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

    The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic screening at age 7. By this age, several permanent teeth in most children have erupted, allowing us to effectively evaluate your orthodontic condition.

  3. How do I schedule an appointment for an initial exam?

    If you or your child can potentially benefit from orthodontic treatment, simply call our office at (952) 423-1909. We will be happy to schedule an appointment for you. When you call to schedule your appointment, our front office staff will request some basic information from you.

  4. What will happen at the initial examination appointment?

    Upon arriving, each patient and parent will be given a tour of our office and will meet with our treatment coordinator. X-rays and photographs may be taken and Dr. Snyder will conduct a brief comprehensive exam.

    To read more about your first visit, see our First Visit Page.

  5. Will I need to have teeth extracted for braces?

    Removing teeth is sometimes required to achieve the best orthodontic result. Straight teeth and a balanced facial profile are the goal of orthodontics. However, because new technology has provided advanced orthodontic procedures, removing teeth is not always necessary for orthodontic treatment.

  6. How long will it take to complete treatment?

    Treatment time depends on each patient's specific orthodontic problem. An estimated treatment time will be discussed at your initial exam. The "average" time frame a person is in braces is approximately 22 months.

  7. How much will braces cost? Are financing options available? How does my insurance work?

    It is impossible to give an exact cost for treatment until we have done an examination. We will cover the exact cost and financial options during the initial exam. We will also assist you in checking your insurance benefits.

  8. How often will I have appointments?

    Appointments are scheduled according to each patient's needs. Most patients in braces will be seen every 6 to 10 weeks. If there are specific situations that require more frequent monitoring, we will schedule appointments accordingly.

  9. Can I schedule all of my appointments after school?

    Unfortunately, we cannot schedule all appointments for students during after-school hours. However, because most appointments are scheduled 6 to 10 weeks apart, most patients will miss minimal school due to their orthodontic treatments. We will, however, make a sincere effort to meet your scheduling needs.

  10. Can I drop my child off for an appointment?

    Yes. We understand your busy schedule and we are happy to help you make the most of your time. On some occasions, we may request to speak with a parent when they return. Please check with the front desk to see if there are any updates from the assistant.

  11. 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 or Tylenol will ease the discomfort. However, after most visits, patients do not feel any soreness at all.

  12. Can I return to school the day I receive my braces?

    Yes, we recommend that you return to school after your orthodontic appointment.

  13. Do you give shots?

    No. Shots are not necessary in orthodontic treatment.

  14. Do you use recycled braces?

    Absolutely not! It is our belief that each patient should be provided with their own braces to achieve the best orthodontic result possible.

  15. Can I still play sports?

    Yes. We recommend a mouth guard for all sports. You can find mouth guards at most sports equipment stores. We recommend the boil and fit kind as the shape of your mouth will be changing throughout treatment.

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

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

  17. Are there foods I cannot eat while I have braces?

    Yes. Some of the foods to avoid are ice (do not chew), gum, nuts, popcorn and all sticky foods (i.e. caramel and taffy). By following this list your chances of having loose brackets and bands will be lowered significantly.

  18. How often should I brush my teeth while in braces?

    Patients should brush their teeth at least four times each day – after each meal and before going to bed. We also recommend a daily fluoride rinse such as Act after evening brushing.

  19. What is an repair appointment? How are those handled?

    If your braces are causing extreme pain or if something breaks, you should call our office. In most cases, we can address these issues over the telephone. If you require an emergency appointment, we will set aside time for you.

  20. What is a true orthodontic emergency?

    If you have an accident that causes injury to your mouth (i.e. getting hit in the mouth with a ball), we urge you to call our office as soon as possible to schedule a time to meet with Dr. Snyder or an assistant to assess the injured area.

  21. Can orthodontic correction occur while a child has baby teeth?

    Yes. Some orthodontic problems are significant enough to require early intervention. However, if a patient is not yet ready for treatment, we will follow that patient's growth and development until the time is right for treatment to begin.

  22. What is Phase One (early) Treatment?

    Phase One treatment, if necessary is usually initiated on children between the ages of 7 and 10. The primary objective for Phase One treatment is to address significant problems to prevent them from becoming more severe and to improve self-esteem and self-image.

  23. Will my child need full braces if he/she has Phase One treatment?

    It is best to assume that your child will need full braces even after Phase One treatment. The period following Phase One treatment is called the "resting period," during which growth and tooth eruption are closely monitored. Throughout this period, parents and patients will be kept informed of future treatment recommendations.

  24. Will my child need an expander?

    At the completion of the initial examination, we will determine whether a patient will need an expander.

  25. Is it too late to have braces if I am already an adult?

    A surprising percentage of our patients are adults. In fact, 25 percent of all orthodontic patients are adults. Health, happiness and self-esteem are vitally important to adults. No patient is "too old" to wear braces!

  26. Can I wear braces even though I have crowns and missing teeth?

    Yes. A tooth with a crown will move just like a tooth with a simple filling. When teeth are missing, orthodontic treatment will aid in the alignment of the remaining teeth.

  27. Why should I choose an orthodontic specialist?

    Teeth, and sometimes entire facial structures, are permanently changed by orthodontic treatment. It is important that the treatment be appropriate and properly completed. Orthodontic specialists have extensive and specialized training that enables them to provide their patients with professional, personalized treatments.