Orthodontics Frequently Asked Questions

We understand that starting your orthodontic treatment journey can come with many questions! Working one-on-one with patients over the last 30 years, we’ve compiled this frequently asked questions (FAQs) list. Can’t find an answer to your question? Give us a call!

General Orthodontics – FAQs

What is Orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a specialized form of dentistry focused on correcting misaligned teeth and jaws to improve oral health and aesthetics. It involves the use of appliances, braces or clear aligners to straighten teeth.

When should a child visit an 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 just children and teens! Age is just a number and there is no age limit on orthodontic treatment. We’ve seen patients from age 7-97! 

Should I visit my dentist during treatment?

Yes! Continue seeing your general dentist every six months for cleanings and dental checkups.

How does orthodontic treatment work?

Orthodontic treatment applies consistent pressure to move misaligned teeth into proper alignment. Straight smiles are achieved by using braces or clear aligners, which gradually shift the teeth over time.

How long does orthodontic treatment take?

As we design a customized treatment plan for you, we also create a custom timeline for your orthodontic treatment! On average, treatment time is between 12-18 months. 

Do I need a referral?

Nope! You can schedule a complimentary consultation online at any of our offices. During this appointment, you’ll meet our experienced team to discuss your concerns. Together, we’ll create a personalized treatment plan tailored to your needs and goals. 

Braces Treatment – FAQs

What are braces?

Braces consist of metal or ceramic brackets and a series of wires, as well as colorful elastic ties, that gently move teeth into place.

Should I brush more often with braces?

Yes, healthy smiles are important! You should brush your teeth morning and night and, if possible, after eating. Don’t forget to floss daily, too! 

How do my braces come off?

We use special tools designed to gently loosen and remove the brackets and wires from your teeth. Then, we’ll carefully remove the glue and polish your teeth so you can show off your new smile! 

Can I still play instruments with braces?

Yes! However, you might need time to adjust to playing your instrument with braces.

How much do braces cost?

Our treatment costs are customized to each individual’s unique treatment plan. As Wisconsin’s best value for braces, we offer braces up to 30% lower than others in the area! We also offer affordable monthly payment options and accept most insurances. 

Do braces hurt?

While braces may cause some discomfort initially and during adjustments, it’s typically manageable and temporary. You may experience soreness or tenderness in your teeth and gums as they adjust to the pressure. Over-the-counter pain relievers and orthodontic wax can help alleviate any discomfort. 

Am I too old for braces?

You’re never too old; orthodontic treatment can be effective at any age! Many adults choose to start orthodontic treatment to improve their smile, oral health, and self-confidence. 

Can I play sports with braces?

Yes! You should protect your smile by wearing a mouthguard when participating in any sporting activity. Mouthguards are inexpensive, comfortable, and come in various colors and patterns. 

Invisalign Treatment – FAQs

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a brand of clear aligners that straighten teeth discreetly without the need for traditional metal braces. These custom-made aligners gradually shift teeth into the desired position over time, offering a more comfortable and nearly invisible alternative for orthodontic treatment. 

What food should I avoid with Invisalign?

None! Since Invisalign is removable, you can enjoy all your favorite foods during treatment. Just make sure to take out your aligners before eating or drinking anything besides water. 

My teeth have shifted. Can Invisalign fix it?

Absolutely! Many of our adult Invisalign patients have had previous treatment, often during their youth, but have experienced shifting due to not wearing a retainer.

Who is Invisalign good for?

Invisalign is well-suited for adults and teens with alignment issues who wish to have discreet orthodontic treatment and flexibility in their daily routines. Clear aligners cater to professionals and public figures concerned about aesthetics while offering the convenience of daily removal for easy eating and cleaning. 

Are Invisalign attachments noticeable?

If your treatment requires attachments, they are small, tooth-colored shapes adhered to your teeth to provide extra grip for your aligners and help achieve more precise movements. They may be slightly noticeable close up but generally go undetected by others! 

Is Invisalign popular?

Over 17 million patients worldwide have been treated with Invisalign. At Bubon Orthodontics we are Wisconsin’s #1 Invisalign provider.

How long will it take to get my aligners?

You can anticipate receiving your aligners in just a few weeks, as the delivery typically takes less than a month!

How much does Invisalign cost?

There’s no “one-size-fits-all” answer to this question. However, at Bubon Orthodontics, we pride ourselves on being Wisconsin’s lowest-cost Invisalign provider, thanks to our Diamond+ provider status. 

Will Invisalign fix an underbite?

Yes, Invisalign can fix underbites, but the treatment approach may differ depending on the severity of the underbite. It’s important to consult with an experienced Invisalign provider to determine the most suitable treatment plan for your specific case. 

How does Invisalign work?

Invisalign uses a series of clear aligners customized to your smile to gradually shift teeth into the desired position. Patients wear each set of aligners for one week or as otherwise prescribed, only removing them to eat, drink, brush, and floss. Each new set of aligners applies gentle pressure to slowly shift teeth. 

If you are currently in orthodontic treatment with braces or Invisalign and need guidance on caring for them or managing emergencies, visit our Care Guide & Emergencies page for helpful information!