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How do I keep my aligners clean

The best way to clean your aligners is to use the Invisalign cleaning kit, available for order at www.invisalignstore.com. As a secondary method, however, your aligners can also be cleaned by brushing them and rinsing them in lukewarm water.

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How often do I see an orthodontist while wearing Invisalign®?

Your doctor will schedule regular appointments – usually about once every four to six weeks. The goal of these visits are to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned.

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What happens after my treatment is complete? Do I need retainers?

This varies person to person and depends on the outcome of the treatment. Some patients might need a positioner, or conventional retainer. Other patients might need a clear plastic retainer similar to the ones Invisalign makes, such as Align Technology’s Vivera Retainer. (See www.viveraretainer.com) Discuss this with your dentist. Every patient is different, and outcomes vary.

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How long does Invisalign treatment take

The length of treatment depends on the severity of your case and can only be determined by your doctor; however the average case takes about 12 months.

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Can I smoke with the aligners in?

We discourage smoking while wearing aligners because it is possible for the aligners to become discolored.

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Can I chew gum

No, gum will stick to the aligners. We recommend removing your aligners for all meals and snacks.

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Is there any discomfort with Invisalign® treatment?

While Invisalign moves your teeth without the pain and anxiety of metal braces, some people will experience temporary discomfort for a few days at the beginning of each new stage of treatment. This is normal and is typically described as a feeling of pressure. It’s also a sign that Invisalign is working, as it moves your teeth to their final destination. This discomfort typically goes away in a couple of days.

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Will wearing the aligners affect my speech?

Similar to other orthodontic treatments, Invisalign aligners may temporarily affect the speech of some people, and you may have a slight lisp for a day or two. However, as your tongue gets used to having aligners in your mouth, any lisp caused by the aligners should disappear.

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Are there any restrictions to what I can eat while in treatment?

No. Thanks to the removable nature of the aligners, you can eat and drink whatever you want while in treatment. In fact, you’re required to remove your aligners to eat and drink. So, unlike undergoing traditional treatment using wires and brackets, there is no need to restrict your consumption of any of your favorite foods and snacks unless instructed otherwise by your doctor. Also, it is important that you brush your teeth after each meal and prior to re-inserting your aligners to maintain fresh breath and proper hygiene.

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How often must I wear my aligners?

We find aligners are most effective if worn 20 to 22 hours per day – and removed only for eating, brushing, and flossing.

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Why should you choose an orthodontic specialist?

Teeth and sometimes entire facial structures are permanently changed by orthodontic treatment. It is very important that the treatment be appropriate and properly completed. Orthodontic specialists, like Dr. Graham and Dr. Limbaugh, have extensive and specialized training that enables them to provide all types of orthodontic patients with professional and state of the art treatments.

 

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Can I wear braces even though I have crowns and missing teeth?

Yes. A tooth with a crown will move just like a tooth with a simple filling. When teeth are missing, orthodontic treatment will aid in the alignment of the remaining teeth so that the space where the teeth are missing can be properly restored.

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Is it too late to have braces if I am already an adult?

A surprising percentage of our patients are adults. Health, happiness and self-esteem are vitally important to adults. No patient is "too old" to wear braces!

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Will my child need an expander?

At the completion of the initial examination, the doctor will determine whether a patient will need an expander or not.

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Will my child need full braces if he/she has phase one treatment?

It is best to assume that your child will need full braces even after Phase One treatment. The period of time following Phase One treatment is called the "resting period," during which growth and tooth eruption are closely monitored. Throughout this period, parents and patients will be kept informed as to any future treatment recommendations.

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What Is Phase One (Early) Treatment?

Phase One treatment, when needed, is usually initiated on children between the ages of seven and ten. Phase One treatment usually takes about 12 months. There are several primary objectives for Phase One treatment.

  • To address significant problems early to prevent them from becoming severe corrections later.
  • To develop jaws for crowding concerns and modify jaw growth for an improved jaw relationship.
  • Finally, to improve self-esteem and self-image, both very important during their formative years.
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Can orthodontic correction occur while a child still has some baby teeth?

Yes. Some orthodontic problems are significant enough to require early intervention. However, if a patient is not yet ready for treatment, we will follow that patient's growth and development until the time is right for treatment to begin.

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What happens if I have an emergency after normal office hours?

Anytime that you have an orthodontic emergency, call our regular office phone number (256-882-6000). An answering machine will provide information of when we will be back in the office and how to get in touch with the treatment staff member on call. She will ask you questions which will help her determine whether your emergency can be handled over the phone to save you a trip to the office. If the treatment assistant feels that Dr. Limbaugh is also needed to resolve the emergency, she will call to update her and then meet you at the office. FOR TRUE EMERGENCIES, WE ARE AVAILABLE 24/7.

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What is an emergency appointment? How are those handled?

If something happens and your braces are causing pain or if something is broken, you should call our office. In most cases we can address these issues over the telephone. If an emergency appointment is needed, daily time is available for timely attention.

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How often should I brush my teeth while in braces?

Patients should brush their teeth at least four times each day: after breakfast, lunch (or as soon as they get home from school), supper, and before going to bed. We will show each patient how to floss their teeth with braces on, and will also provide a prescription for a special fluoride gel to help protect teeth.

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Are there foods I cannot eat while I have braces?

Yes. Once treatment begins, very complete instructions and a comprehensive list will be provided regarding foods to avoid. Some of those foods include: ice, hard candy, raw vegetables and all sticky foods (i.e. caramel and taffy). Many emergency appointments to repair broken or damaged braces can be avoided by carefully following instructions regarding what foods to avoid.

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Do I need to see my family dentist while in braces?

Yes! Regular checkups with your family dentist are very important while in braces. Your family dentist will determine how often you should be seen for cleaning appointments while you are in braces.

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Can I still play sports?

Yes. We recommend a mouth guard for any sport that intentionally involves hard contact such as soccer goalie, wrestling, basketball, hockey, football, and karate. Other athletic activates would also be safer when a mouth guard is worn to prepare for those freakish accidents we never expect. Besides the safety issue, players insist upon two other criterion to be met or they just won't wear them: (1) must be able to talk with the mouth guard in and (2) appearance must be acceptable...not too bulky... and team colors would be nice. This is best achieved with a "custom fitted" mouth guard, which can be made in our office for patients with and without braces.

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Do you use recycled braces?

Absolutely not! It is our belief that each patient should be provided with their own braces to achieve the very best orthodontic result possible. Our doctor has never and will never use worn, used or recycled braces.

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Do you give shots?

Almost never. Very specialized situations could warrant local anesthetic; however we will always discuss the need for and alternatives with you at a prior appointment before scheduling it. Dr. Limbaugh has the skills to handle special situations as this but seldom does the need arise for a dental shot.

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Can I have all of my appointments after school?

Yes. There is no reason not to return to school on the day your braces are placed or after an adjustment.

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Do braces hurt?

Generally, braces do not "hurt." After some visits, teeth may be sore for a few days. In these situations, we recommend Tylenol to ease the discomfort. Advil and other anti-inflammatory type medications can actually slow tooth movement. In order to make a tooth move, Dr. Limbaugh intentionally creates an inflammatory process that allows the tooth to move. One could work against the other! However, after most visits, patients do not feel any soreness at all! We often remind our patients, it does not have to hurt to work!

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Can I drop my child off for an appointment?

We are very understanding of busy schedules and working parents' desires to run errands while their child is at our office. On some occasions the doctors may want to speak with parents when they return, so we ask that parents check in with our receptionist before dropping off their child.

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Can I have all of my appointments after school?

Unfortunately, we cannot schedule all appointments for student patients during after school hours. However, because most appointments are scheduled 4 to 8 weeks apart, most patients miss very little school due to their orthodontic treatments. We reference all area school calendars, and try very hard to meet the scheduling needs of our patients.

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How often will I have appointments?

Appointments are scheduled according to each individual patient's needs. Most patients in braces will be seen every 4 to 8 weeks. If there are specific situations that require more frequent monitoring, appointments will be scheduled accordingly.

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How much will braces cost? Are financing options available? How does my insurance work?

It is impossible to give an exact cost for treatment until the doctor has actually examined you or your child. The exact cost and financial options will be discussed at the initial examination. We have many financing options available to meet most needs and we will be happy to review them with you. We offer a discount for fees paid in full at the beginning of treatment. Proper orthodontic treatment to correct a problem is often less costly than the additional dental care required to treat the more serious problems that can develop in later years.

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How long will it take to complete treatment?

Treatment time obviously depends on each patient's specific orthodontic problem. In general, treatment times range from 12 to 30 months. An "average" time a person is in braces is approximately 22 months.

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Will I have to have any teeth removed for braces?

Removing teeth is sometimes needed to get the best orthodontic result. Straight teeth and a balanced facial profile are always the goal. However, because today's technology has resulted in advanced orthodontic procedures, the need for removing teeth has been greatly reduced.

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What will I learn from the initial examination?

There are five important questions that will be answered during the initial examination:

  • Is there an orthodontic problem and if so, what is it?
  • What must be done to correct the problem?
  • Will any teeth need to be removed?
  • How long will the treatment take to complete?
  • How much will the treatment cost?

In addition to these, Dr. Limbaugh will take the time to answer any other questions a patient or parent may have.

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What will happen at the initial examination appointment?

Upon arriving each patient and parent will be seen by one of our Treatment Coordinators who will acclimate you to our clinic and prepare for the initial exam. Necessary photographs and x-rays may be taken to allow the orthodontist to make a proper diagnosis.

A brief but thorough exam will then be completed by the orthodontist. Building a comfortable and trusting relationship with the orthodontist and staff is a significant goal of our initial exam.

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How do I schedule an appointment for an initial exam?

If you think you or your child would benefit from orthodontic treatment, simply call our office and we will be happy to schedule an appointment for you. When you call to schedule your appointment, our front office staff will request some very basic information concerning you and your child.

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Will my child’s teeth straighten out on their own as they grow?

No, they will not. The space available for the front teeth does not increase as a child grows. In most people, after the permanent 6-year molars erupt, the space available for the front teeth actually decreases with age.

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At what age should I schedule an appointment for an orthodontic screening?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic screening at age seven. By this age, the six-year molars and several permanent teeth in most children have erupted allowing the doctors to effectively evaluate most developing orthodontic problems.

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Is it required that I be referred by my family dentist to schedule an appointment?

No, it is not. Most of our patients are referred by their family dentist, however many patients are concerned about their health and appearance, and take the initiative to schedule themselves for an examination to have their need for orthodontic care evaluated.

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Do I need or does my child need orthodontic treatment?

The following signs may indicate that you or your child would benefit from a Get It Straight evaluation:

  • Thumb or finger sucking
  • Overlapping or crowding of permanent teeth
  • Broken or missing teeth
  • Difficulty chewing food
  • Mouth breathing due to allergies, enlarged tonsils and/or adenoids
  • Jaw joints which click, pop or are sore
  • Developing underbite, overbite, crossbite or abnormal bite development
  • Teeth wearing unevenly or excessively
  • Spaces between the teeth
  • Lower jaw shifts from one side to the other when biting together
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What is the best age for treatment?

Each orthodontic situation determines its best treatment engagement. However, the American Association of Orthodontics recommends children be evaluated by an orthodontist by age seven.Sometimes it is recommended earlier if either a parent or the family dentist notes the problem.

Developmental problems relating to facial growth or eruption of teeth can often be improved or corrected, if diagnosed early. Orthodontic treatment, for any age, is possible as long as there is healthy bone, teeth and gum tissue.

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Schedule Your Limbaugh Free Smile Analysis
Today!

At Limbaugh Orthodontics, we do not want anything to get in the way of a perfect smile. We offer each and every patient we see a free smile assessment.

Get your Free Smile Analysis Today!!