ORTHODONTIC FAQS

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT ORTHODONTICS

WHAT IS ORTHODONTICS?

Orthodontics (also referred to as dentofacial orthopedics) is a specialized form of dentistry focusing on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial abnormalities.

WHAT IS AN ORTHODONTIST?

An orthodontist is a dental specialist who has received two to three years of additional training and experience. Your orthodontist is able to straighten teeth, correct misaligned jaw structure, and improve the function of your smile.

It is important for you to make sure that the dentist who straightens your teeth is an orthodontic specalist, not someone who just offers orthodontics. Ask them if they have completed an accredited specialty program in orthodontics and have the limited their practice to treating only orthodontic patients. Only an orthodontic specalist is specally trained both to move your teeth in the proper fashion as well as manage any complications that may occur durring your treatment. 

WHAT’S THE BEST AGE TO VISIT THE ORTHODONTIST?

If you want to improve the look and feel of your smile, then any age can be a great age to see the orthodontist. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children first visit an orthodontist around the age of seven; however, orthodontic treatment is not exclusive to children and teens, with about one in every five orthodontic patients being over the age of 21. Whether you’re considering treatment for yourself or for a child, any time is a good time to visit the orthodontist.

HOW CAN I TAKE CARE OF MY TEETH IF I’M WEARING BRACES OR A RETAINER?

  • ALWAYS remember to brush your teeth after every meal and floss at least once a day.
  • Make sure to use toothpaste that contains fluoride, and ask your orthodontist or family dentist if you need a fluoride rinse. This will help prevent cavities!
  • If you take out your retainer to eat, make sure you brush your teeth, floss, and remember to keep it safe in its container so that it does not get lost or broken.
  • Keep your retainer clean, too, by brushing it gently with a toothbrush and toothpaste. You may also soak it in denture cleaner as instructed by your orthodontist. Do not put your retainer in boiling water or in the dishwasher.
  • During your treatment, try to avoid foods with a lot of sugar, which increases the amount of bacteria that grows in your mouth, causing more plaque and possibly cavities.
  • Avoid sticky and chewy foods (caramel, chewing gum, gummy bears), hard foods (hard candy, nuts, ice cubes), or any foods that could possibly get stuck in your braces (corn on the cob, soft bagels, ribs, taffy, etc.).
  • Be sure to schedule your routine checkups with your family dentist. It is recommended that you continue to visit the dentist every six months.

WHAT ARE BRACES?

Braces are used by your orthodontist to help you improve the look and feel of your smile. There are several different types of braces to choose from, including:

  • Clear braces
  • Ceramic braces
  • Lingual braces
  • Self-ligating braces
  • Traditional metal braces

IF I GET BRACES, HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO WEAR THEM?

The amount of time spent in braces will vary depending on the individual patient, because every smile responds differently to treatment. Treatment times can take anywhere between six and 30 months, but most standard treatments take about 22 months.

DO BRACES HURT?

Braces do not often hurt though you may feel a small amount of discomfort for a couple days as your teeth, gums, cheeks, and mouth get used to your new braces.

DO I NEED TO BRUSH MY TEETH MORE OFTEN IF I HAVE BRACES?

With braces, you should brush your teeth at least three times a day to keep your teeth, gums, and mouth healthy and clean. Brushing regularly will help remove any food that may be caught between the braces. You should also floss daily to get in between your braces where your brush isn’t able to reach. Your orthodontist can show you how to properly brush and floss once your braces are placed.

IF I HAVE BRACES, DO I STILL NEED DENTAL CHECKUPS EVERY SIX MONTHS?

Yes! In fact, it’s even more important that patients receiving orthodontic treatment visit their dentist regularly. Often we recommend four-month intervals to make sure your your teeth and gums remain healthy during treatment.

With braces, food may be caught in places that your toothbrush can’t reach. This causes bacteria to build up that can lead to cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease. Your dentist will work closely with your orthodontist to make sure that your teeth stay clean and healthy while wearing braces.

WILL MY BRACES INTERFERE WITH MY SCHOOL ACTIVITIES LIKE SPORTS, PLAYING AN INSTRUMENT, OR SINGING?

Playing an instrument or a contact sport may require some adjustment when you first get your braces, but wearing braces will not stop you from participating in any of your school activities. If you play a contact sport, it is recommended that you wear a mouthguard to protect your braces or appliance.

HOW DO I SCHEDULE MY NEXT APPOINTMENT?

Click the link to the right of this page to schedule a new patient exam, or simply call our practice! Our front desk staff will be happy to help schedule your next appointment at your convenience. If you are a new patient or have been referred to our practice, please let us know and we will provide you with all of the information you need.

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All three of my girls go to Ron Taylor and we couldn't be happier. The entire experience in the office is a pleasure. The behind the counter staff are kind, there is always a very reasonable wait, the ladies in the back are patient and enjoyable and Dr. Ron is honest, straight forward and sometimes even funny!!!My husband is a local Pediatrician and recommends Taylor Orthodontics to all his patients and for good reasons! We would not go anywhere else. Thank you to everyone at Taylor Orthodontics who make our experience so pleasurable. The Reiss Family : )

Laura Reiss

Love this office! The staff is very professional and accommodating. Outstanding treatment and service. Candace is exceptional!

Sylvia Sanchez Arbelaez

Great place!!! Very professional

Elizabeth Santilli

Great customer service great staff very welcoming and I'm loving my braces very please with my result in such lil time

Sally Tejon

Very impressed with Dr Taylor and the entire staff at his office. They all are very helpful and accommodating and Sam's teeth look amazing! Thanks!

Sonnia Rothgery

Dr. Taylor is an amazing Orthodontist. I dont usually write reviews but him and his staff well deserve it. Great service, friendly staff and always so professional. I went to a few places before I went to his office but by far this was the best choice ever. Thanks Dr. Taylor for all your hard work. My daughters teeth came out amazing.

Jackie Herrera

I want to thank Diane Degenaro for introducing me to Linda Christopoul and thanks to Linda for telling me about Taylor's Orthodontics. They explain to you everything, they send you e-mails about your child's treatment, they call you to remind you about your appointments ( my old ortho never did that ). They are friendly, caring , the appointments are ON TIME and they take very good care of your kids. I am very happy!!!!

Hit Green

Everybody in this place is simply amazing. We are so happy with the results! Happy smiles everywhere.

Vicky Sepulveda

The best Ortho thus far!! Everyone is super friendly and nice.☺

Kelz Kar'Michael

Very friendly staff and I love the atmosphere .They also do a lot of freebies and give aways .Cant wait for my perfect smile

Wilna Saint Paul

TAYLOR ORTHODONTICS HAS THREE LOCATIONS
 (855) 427-2237

Boca Raton

9181 Glades Rd 
Boca
Raton, FL 33434
Phone: 561-558-9467

Coconut Creek

4570 Lyons Rd
Coconut Creek, FL 33073
Phone: 954-
977-9477

Miami Lakes

16375 NW 67th Ave
Hialeah, FL 33014
Phone: 305-822-6784

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