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FAQ

You’ve Got Questions, We Have Answers!

Our South Texas orthodontists Brad D. Bruchmiller, Amy Jackson and Brian Bolerjack will communicate openly and answer any questions or concerns that may arise during your visit. We strive to offer complete orthodontic care that meets the needs of the entire family. Read more about our Frequently Asked Questions below!

  1. Is it required that my family dentist schedule my appointment with the orthodontist?
  2. At what age should I schedule an appointment for an orthodontic screening?
  3. Will my teeth straighten out as they grow?
  4. How do I schedule an appointment for an initial exam?
  5. What will happen at the initial examination appointment?
  6. What will I learn from the initial examination?
  7. Will I need to have teeth extracted for braces?
  8. How long will it take to complete treatment?
  9. How much will braces cost? Are financing options available? How does my insurance work?
  10. How often will I have appointments?
  11. Can I schedule all of my appointments after school?
  12. Can I drop my child off for an appointment?
  13. Do braces hurt?
  14. Can I return to school the day I receive my braces?
  15. Do you give shots?
  16. Do you use recycled braces?
  17. Can I still play sports?
  18. Do I need to see my family dentist while in braces?
  19. Are there foods I cannot eat while I have braces?
  20. How often should I brush my teeth while in braces?
  21. What is an emergency appointment? How are those handled?
  22. Can orthodontic correction occur while a child has baby teeth?
  23. What is Phase One (early) Treatment?
  24. Will my child need full braces if he/she has Phase One treatment?
  25. Will my child need an expander?
  26. Is it too late to have braces if I am already an adult?
  27. Can I wear braces even though I have crowns and missing teeth?
  28. Why should you choose an orthodontic specialist?
  29. May I play sports while wearing braces?
  30. Will braces interfere with playing musical instruments?
  31. My teeth have been crooked for many years - why should I have orthodontic treatment now?
  32. Can I afford orthodontic treatment?
  33. I am pregnant and want to begin orthodontic treatment. Is this OK?
  34. Do teeth with braces need special care?
  35. I see ads for perfect teeth in only one or two visits to the dentist. Will that give me straight teeth?
  36. I don’t want braces that show. What are my options?
  37. I have a stud in my tongue. Will this interfere with orthodontic treatment?
  38. How may I distinguish an orthodontist from a dentist?

Questions For Your Dentist/Orthodontics

  1. When did you start practicing dentistry?
  2. Are you also an orthodontist?
  3. What is the role of the orthodontist?
  4. Have you had orthodontic training beyond dental school? Weekend workshop? Manufacturers certificate training? Three-year, advanced degree in orthodontics?
  5. Has your staff had orthodontic training?
  6. How many orthodontics cases do you see each week? Lifetime?
  7. Do you treat all orthodontics cases, even the most complex?
  8. Which cases do you refer to orthodontists?
  9. Have orthodontists finished work you have started?
  10. Are you a member of the American Association of Orthodontists?

Myths and Facts

MYTH: Orthodontists are appropriate only for the most challenging and complex orthodontic cases.

FACT: Orthodontists recognize the difference between a simple case and a complex one. And when a case is challenging, orthodontists know what to do.

MYTH: My family dentist says he can straighten my teeth.

FACT: An orthodontist has 2-3 years of specialized training beyond dental school and is a specialist at straightening teeth and insuring proper form and function. A dentist may see a handful of cases a year amid drilling and filling. An orthodontist only practices orthodontics and treats hundreds of patients.

MYTH: Braces are for kids.

FACT: One in five orthodontic patients is an adult.

MYTH: If there was a giant, overhead magnet and someone flipped a switch, people wearing braces would fly out of their chairs and stick to the ceiling.

FACT: Unlikely, as braces are made from non-magnetic materials.

MYTH: Orthodontists charge more than general dentists for orthodontic treatment.

FACT: It's not the same work. The value in seeing an orthodontist for treatment is that the orthodontist is an expert, highly experienced and understands form, function and a wonderful smile.