Frequently Asked Dental Questions
What age do you recommend for orthodontics?
Dr. Brochu believes a child should be evaluated no later than age 7. We do this to inform and observe and feel at this early age, the eventual needs may be identified and discussed. If necessary, we observe until we evaluate that the patient is ready to begin treatment.
Are you currently taking new patients?
Yes! We love new patients and welcome your referrals as well.
Do you have adults as patients?
Yes. Many of our adult patients have either never had orthodontia treatment or had treatment as children but were not satisfied with their results.
Will I need a retainer after wearing braces?
Each patient is evaluated differently, however most of our patients will wear a retainer for a period of time as recommended by Dr. Brochu.
What should I expect for the first few days of having my braces?
After you have left our office, you are free to eat at any time. The adhesive is cured right away so our patients can eat or drink immediately. There is no need to wait after a bracket is placed. You may adhere to your regular diet with you new braces. Be mindful of the foods that can be harmful to your braces. If you are unsure, we will be happy to provide you with a list of foods to avoid.
Will the braces cause discomfort?
Initially, the braces will feel as though they are “sticking out” and may be uncomfortable. The braces are rounded and smooth, but may cause some tension along your cheeks. Both of these sensations will disappear as you become accustomed to your braces and your cheek tissues have toughened. Soreness is common for the first few days after the banding appointment. Non-prescription pain remedies taken before the discomfort begins can be very effective.
Is there anything I can do to help the process before I leave the office?
Yes, there are a few steps that we ask you to make routine as you visit our office. The following can help to minimize discomfort and treatment time:
- Using your finger or tongue, check to make sure the wire ends do not cause a sharp discomfort
- Understand your assignment- wearing elastics and proper hygiene plans are important.
- Check your supply- we can provide dental wax, cleaning aids, or elastic bands.
- Be sure to schedule your next appointment BEFORE leaving the office- this will allow for an optimal treatment plan with no complications.
Can we make payments for our treatments?
If you have insurance, we will work with your insurance plan to make sure payments are applied properly. If you do not have insurance or a dental plan, we will work with you to structure a convenient payment plan that will allow you to pay for orthodontic services over a period of time that usually coincides with your treatment plan.
How do you take care of payments if we have insurance?
We will first verify your coverage and we will agree to bill and collect from your insurance carrier. Please note that if your insurance lapses or ceases to cover your cost, the patient is responsible for the cost of the services.
Do you take major credit cards for payment?
Yes, we accept all major credit cards.