Q. Why should an orthodontic specialist complete my treatment?
A. Teeth, and sometimes entire facial structures, are permanently changed by orthodontic treatment. It is important that the treatment be appropriate and properly completed. Orthodontic specialists have extensive and specialized training that enables them to provide their patients with professional, personalized treatments.
Q. At what age should I schedule an appointment for an orthodontic screening?
A. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic screening at age 7. For most children, several permanent teeth have erupted by this age, allowing the orthodontist to effectively evaluate the patient’s orthodontic condition.
Q. Will my teeth straighten out as I grow and get older?
A. No, they will not. The space available for the front teeth does not increase as you grow. In most people, after the permanent molars erupt, the space available for the front teeth decreases with age.
Q. Is it too late to have braces if I’m already an adult?
A. No patient is "too old" to wear braces! A surprising percentage of our patients are adults. In fact, 25 percent of all orthodontic patients are adults. Health and happiness are vitally important to adults, and orthodontic treatment can increase your self-esteem at any age!
Q. How long will it take to complete treatment?
A. Overall treatment time depends on each patient's specific orthodontic problem(s). In general, treatment times range from 12 to 30 months. The "average" timespan a patient wears braces is approximately 22 months.
Q. How often will I have an appointment?
A. Appointments are scheduled according to each patient's needs. Most patients in braces will be seen every five to 10 weeks. If there are specific situations that require more frequent monitoring, we will schedule appointments accordingly.
Q. Can I drop my child off for an appointment?
A. Yes. We understand your schedule is busy, and we are happy to help you make the most of your time. On some occasions, we may request to speak with a parent when they return, so we ask that parents check-in with their patient manager before dropping off their child.
Q. Does wearing braces hurt?
A. Generally, braces do not "hurt." After certain appointments, your teeth may be sore for a few days. In these situations, over-the-counter pain medications, such as Advil or Tylenol, will ease the discomfort. 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!”
Q. Can I still play sports or play my instrument while wearing braces?
A. Yes! We recommend that patients wear mouth guards while playing sports. Musicians will likely experience an adjustment period until they are comfortable playing while wearing braces.
Q. Do I need to see my general dentist while wearing braces?
A. Yes! Regular check-ups with your general dentist are important while in braces. Your dentist will determine the intervals between each cleaning appointment while you have your braces.
Q. How often should I brush my teeth while I have braces?
A. Patients should brush their teeth at least four times each day – after each meal and before going to bed. We will also show you how to floss your teeth with braces, and we may provide a prescription for a special fluoride treatment, if necessary.
Q. Are there any foods I cannot eat while I have braces?
A. Yes. Once treatment begins, we will explain our complete instructions and provide you with a comprehensive list of foods to avoid. Some of those foods include ice, hard candy, raw vegetables and all sticky foods (i.e. caramel and taffy). You can avoid most repair appointments by carefully following our instructions!
We have had positive experiences with each of our three children. Once the last is finished I'd like to look into services for myself! Thank you to the doctors and staff.
Dr Ellis and Lindgren are wonderful! The office is comfortable and bright. Staff are kind and patient.
Great team! They keep their appointments running on time. I like how the have keep us informed every step in the process.
Excellent orthodontist— staff and doctors are all caring, and gentle and they make the process of braces as fun for my daughter as possible. They also do free evaluations every about every 6 months to watch a child’s mouth and plan for the best time to start braces. You won’t pay a penny for any of these evaluations. They watched my daughter for 2 years before she ever started a treatment plan. Highly recommend them!
Dr Ellis, thank you so much for the amazing experience of having braces. Yes, I just said that. After going to my neighborhood orthodontist in Lansdowne, I decided to give Dr Ellis a visit. My Son used him years ago and he was fantastic then. My neighborhood ortho recommend braces on top and bottom for a ridiculous cost and many years. Dr Ellis said he could do my adjustments just on the bottom, which is where I had a tooth pulled, and do it at a fair cost and be done in a little over a year. He then locked me in for Thursday appointments at the end of the day, since Im in Burke every Thursday, and its a 45 minute drive from my house. His customer service is the absolute best. His staff is so professional and friendly and they made the year so pleasant. I hardly had any soreness at all and my teeth came out looking great. I cannot recommend Dr Ellis and his staff enough. if your in the market for braces, you have to go see Dr Ellis, he is simply the best!!!!
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My daughter has always been given wonderful care here (both Burke and Annadale offices)! This morning truly touched me. In the chair next to my daughter was a small boy, maybe 8 years old. They were trying to get an imprint and he was having a hard time with a gag reflex. The staff was SO gentle with him!! One was holding his feet, moving his legs, and counting in a very patient voice. Another was holding the imprint and encouraging him. He ended up throwing up and they said it was okay and he was doing great, still with soft voices and smiles. Our staff person reached over to give them paper towels and when the imprint was done, they cleaned him up, with smiles and positive words. I was overwhelmed with their patience, kindness, and understanding for him!! After brushing his teeth, he left with a smile! Who could ask for better care for kids!! An incredible office I would recommend to anyone!
All the front desk workers greet and receive visitors with a smile! Check-in is a breeze😄. I have had two in braces and their smiles do tell the story of their care. Jackie is bar far the best in back! All workers are unified as a team. One of my children is a special needs child and they have accommodated his each and every need. 5 stars indeed!😎
The staff is great: friendly, have a sense of humor and always greet you. I only had one emergency visit and they fit me in within 10 minutes!!!
Wonderful staff from the waiting room to the Dentist’s office to check-out. Pleasant, welcoming, and professional. Highly recommend!
Wonderful staff and doctors...wouldn't go anywhere else!
Dr. Ellis and Dr. Lindgren have treated 2 of my kids with braces and the experience has been wonderful! They are both very caring, great with kids and excellent orthodontists.
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