Dr. Dustin Hollevoet’s Answers

Here at Hollevoet Orthodontics in North Dakota, we have noticed a number of frequently asked questions from our lovely patients. If you are new to orthodontic treatment, you may be looking to gain a better understanding of the practice or how it can benefit you. Below we have comprised a list of some of the most commonly asked questions we are asked, courtesy of Dr. Hollevoet himself.

Our Q&A

What Do Orthodontists Do?

Orthodontists are in a branch of dentistry that specializes in treating patients with improper positioning, alignment and spacing of teeth, as well as other related irregularities regarding the face and jaw. We utilize a number of different tools and treatments, including braces, to help correct these types of problems.

Why Should I (or my family) Undergo Orthodontic Treatment?

If you are wondering how orthodontic treatment can help you, we have answers. Both the aesthetics and function of your teeth are great reasons to see an orthodontist. If you have always been embarrassed to smile because of your crooked teeth or awkward alignment, we are here to help. Similarly, and if not more importantly, orthodontic treatment transforms your smile’s ability to function properly, and makes it easier to keep clean, which improves overall health.

When Is The Right Time To Start Orthodontic Treatment?

It is never too early for someone to begin orthodontic treatment, and really the earlier the better. A recommended age for children to first come in for a visit is around the age of 7.

How Can I Recognize A Problem With My Bite?

If you look in the mirror and see that your teeth are crowded together, protruding, or erupting out of position, these are obvious indications that treatment is most likely needed. Besides that, other potential signs are frequent biting of the cheek or palate, speech difficulties, mouth breathing, and thumb sucking that continues past the ages of 3 or 4. If you notice that your teeth don’t meet properly when your mouth closes, or if your jaw makes sounds during movement, these may also indicate an orthodontic problem.

Does Getting Braces or Wearing Braces Hurt? 

The process of having braces put on is usually pretty painless. The tugging and pressure can be a bit uncomfortable but you shouldn’t feel much more than that. In the following few days of the adjustment process, some people experience minor soreness, but this typically doesn’t last long at all. Over-the-counter pain relievers are helpful to alleviate the bits of discomfort that you may feel. 

How Long Will Treatment Take?

The length of your treatment varies from person to person and is determined by a number of factors, but generally braces will be worn somewhere between 3-30 months. After the active stage of treatment, a retainer should be worn for at least several more months. 

How Often Will I Have To Come In For An Appointment?

This answer is also dependent on your specific case. During the time you are wearing braces,  you will typically come in once every 4 to 10 weeks for adjustments and check-ups. Our 3 locations help make this as convenient as possible for you. 

Will Any Of My Teeth Need To Be Extracted?

If your teeth are severely crowded (meaning that your mouth is too small to properly accommodate all of them), or if you have impacted teeth (meaning that you teeth are trapped beneath the gum line by your other teeth), then it is possible that extraction may be necessary. Our younger patients who come in for early treatment may be able to bypass extraction all together.

Will I have To Watch What I Eat?

Yes. There are many foods that can be damaging to braces or get trapped in your braces, and continuing to eat these foods can make your treatment more expensive and uncomfortable. Foods to be careful of include hard candy, caramel, taffy, ice cubes, and raw vegetables. Feel free to ask us for a complete list if this is one of your major concerns. 

What If I Play Sports or An Instrument?

No worries! With braces, it is particularly important to wear a mouthguard when playing most sports. Musicians are almost always able to continue to play their instruments the same way they did before, but they may endure a short adjustment period after first getting their braces put on.

Do I Still Need To Go To Regular Dentist Appointments While I Undergo Orthodontic Treatment?

Yes, in fact, it is even more important to continue seeing your dentist regularly when you are undergoing orthodontic treatment. Your dentist helps your teeth stay healthy and clean by keeping them free of plaque and decay. 

Will I Wear A Retainer When My Braces Are Taken Off?

In almost all cases, yes. Without the help of a retainer, your teeth can rapidly shift out of position, erasing all of the treatment that you have just experienced. Maintain your beautiful healthy smile for a lifetime by using your retainer regularly.

Is Orthodontic Care Expensive?

Orthodontic care is a long-term investment in your well-being, happiness and health. We are happy to offer a variety of financing options to make orthodontic care affordable for your family. Weighed against the cost of living with a malocclusion for the rest of your life, however, orthodontic treatment can be an even wiser investment. 

Contact Your Orthodontic Care Specialists in Bismarck and Dickinson, ND

We are happy to answer any other questions that may arise. Our doctor, with the help of his skilled team, can customize and execute an orthodontic plan that best fits your unique needs. If you would like to contact any of our offices, feel free to visit our contact page for phone numbers or addresses. You may also fill out an appointment request to get your orthodontic journey started today. We look forward to helping you!

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