Frequently Asked Questions


Following are some commonly asked orthodontic questions. At Dingus Orthodontics, we’re available to answer any additional questions that are not covered here.

quesitonWhy is orthodontic treatment important?

Straight teeth and properly aligned jaws contribute to good dental health, as well as overall physical health. Orthodontic treatment can boost a person’s self-image as teeth, lips and jaws move into position and improve appearance.

quesitonHow do I know if my child needs orthodontic treatment?

The best way is to visit an orthodontist. The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that all children get a check-up with an orthodontist no later than age seven.

quesitonWhat if my child still has baby teeth at age seven? Should they still see an orthodontist?

Yes. By age seven, enough permanent teeth have arrived for orthodontists to evaluate how the teeth and jaws meet, and to identify current or developing problems. If a problem is detected, the orthodontist and parents can discuss when treatment may be necessary.

quesitonHow does a child’s growth affect orthodontic treatment?

Treatment and growth often complement each other. In some cases, the orthodontist takes advantage of a child’s growth to guide jaws and teeth into their ideal positions.

quesitonHow often do you visit your orthodontist while in orthodontic treatment?

Typically a child will see the orthodontist every six to eight weeks throughout the course of treatment.

quesitonWhat is the average cost of orthodontic treatment?

Fees will vary depending on the treatment needed. Dingus Orthodontics offers convenient payment plans that fit your family budget. In addition, many patients have dental insurance that includes orthodontic benefits. Ask your insurance carrier or our administrative staff for more information.

quesitonIf my teeth have been crooked for years, why do I need orthodontic treatment now?

There’s no time like the present, and healthy teeth can be moved at any age. Orthodontic treatment can create or restore good function – and teeth that work better usually look better, too. A healthy, beautiful smile can improve self-esteem, no matter your age.

quesitonDo I need to change my oral hygiene routine during orthodontic treatment?

Yes. Keeping your teeth and braces (or other appliances) clean requires a little more effort on your part. Our staff will explain how to brush and floss and give you any special instructions based on the kind of orthodontic treatment you are having. Be sure to follow our dental hygiene prescription to get the best results possible.

quesitonDo I need to avoid certain foods?

In general, patients with braces must be careful to avoid hard, sticky, chewy and crunchy foods. And never chew ice. It’s much too hard on your teeth, even without braces.

quesitonWhat foods can I eat?

Soft, easy to chew foods are best while undergoing orthodontic treatment. Also be sure to chop food into smaller pieces, cook it long enough to soften and mash or puree foods by using a blender or food processor.

quesitonWill wearing braces hurt?

Orthodontic treatment options have come a long way over the years. Aside from minor discomfort that may be caused by wire poking or hooks rubbing the inside of your mouth, wearing braces should not be uncomfortable.

quesitonWhat are my options if I don't want braces that show?

Braces attached behind the teeth, ceramic braces that blend in with the teeth for a more natural effect and clear aligners such as Invisalign® and ClearConnectTM all lessen the visibility of braces. Ask Dr. Dingus and our staff about less visible treatment options that will help you reach your treatment goals.

quesitonCan I play sports while wearing braces?

Yes, but make sure you wear a protective mouthguard. Ask Dr. Dingus to recommend the right kind of mouthguard while you are having orthodontic treatment and be sure to wear it at every practice and game.

quesitonCan I play musical instruments while wearing braces?

With practice and a period of adjustment, braces typically do not interfere with the playing of wind or brass instruments.