Orthodontic Treatment Oxnard CA

Orthodontics FAQs

Your Oxnard Orthodontist Answers Your Questions

It’s not uncommon to have questions about orthodontic treatment. And we want to ensure you feel as comfortable and confident as possible when you invest in care with Orthodontics of Oxnard. To that end, we’ve provided a list of the most common questions we receive, plus some tips that will make you feel better about your orthodontic investment.

Orthodontics FAQs: Your Questions Answered by Your Oxnard Orthodontist

We hear the following questions often. However, this isn’t an exhaustive list. For some of the top facts about braces, porcelain ceramic braces, and Invisalign, please check those specific pages. Or you’re welcome to contact us with your additional questions.

When Should Orthodontic Treatment Be Started?

Children should see an orthodontist for an evaluation by age seven. In some cases, phase one of treatment can start soon after that. Other children don’t need treatment until their teen years.

Can My Child Wear Invisalign?

Invisalign is typically best for teens and adults. Talk to your Oxnard orthodontist for more information.

How Do I Care for Braces or Invisalign Clear Aligners?

To floss around your braces, you’ll need floss threaders. Your Oxnard orthodontic team will demonstrate how to use them. A Waterpik can help remove food debris around brackets. Brush daily (with an electric toothbrush if possible).

Gently clean clear aligners with a soft-bristled toothbrush, warm water, and clear, delicate (non-abrasive) soap every morning.

What Are the Food Restrictions for Someone with Braces?

Avoid crunchy, hard, or sticky food. These foods can damage brackets and archwires. They can also aggravate sore or sensitive teeth.

It would be wise, too, to reduce the consumption of sugary foods and beverages. Doing so will help you to avoid excess plaque and bacteria buildup and the potential for decay.

These restrictions can apply to anyone undergoing orthodontic treatment in Oxnard, including Invisalign patients.

What If I Have an Orthodontic Emergency?

Call Orthodontics of Oxnard right away. Failing to address an emergency can stall the progress of your treatment.

What is an Orthodontic Emergency?

If you experience any of the following, contact us immediately.

  • A loose or broken bracket
  • A broken archwire
  • Your archwire feels loose
  • Food caught in between your teeth, under your gum line, or between a bracket and the archwire
  • A broken ligature band (rubber band)
  • Mouth sores
  • Swollen gums
  • Swollen jaw
  • Bleeding
  • Trauma to the face or mouth
Does Getting Braces Hurt?

For the most part, no. Some people experience some soreness for the first couple of days after getting braces or an adjustment. The same can be said of Invisalign patients. The teeth and gums become sore as they are gently shifted into their new positions.

Ibuprofen and ice can help, as can sticking to a soft diet.

What Is Malocclusion?

Malocclusion is when your teeth aren’t correctly aligned. This can result in crooked, crowded, or gapped teeth.

Multiple factors, including the following, cause poor occlusion.

  • Whether your teeth are too large or small for your mouth
  • Misalignment of your upper and lower jaw
  • The size and shape of your jawbones

Types of malocclusions include:

  • Crossbite
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Open bite
What Is the Most Common Orthodontic Problem?

Crowded teeth are one of the most common orthodontic issues. It is the result of the jawbones not being the right shape or size to support the teeth adequately. In addition to orthodontic treatment, some patients may need some extractions and jaw surgery to achieve proper occlusion.

How Long Does Orthodontic Treatment Last?

Typically, treatment can last between one to two years. How quickly you finish orthodontic treatment in Oxnard depends on your level of malocclusion and any other complications.

How Often Will I Need to See My Oxnard Orthodontist?

It depends on the type of treatment you receive. On average, patients come in every four to 10 weeks. Your orthodontist will tell you how often you should come in and why.

How Can I Protect My Teeth If I Play Sports?

Everyone who engages in sports should wear a sports mouth guard, whether undergoing orthodontic treatment or not. Talk to your Oxnard orthodontist about getting a special sports guard for braces.

Do I Still Need to See My General Dentist While I’m In Braces?

Absolutely. In fact, seeing your dentist for regular cleanings and exams will be an essential part of keeping your teeth and gums healthy throughout your orthodontic experience. Visit your dentist for a cleaning every six months.

Do You Have More Questions for Your Oxnard Orthodontist?

As we said, this is by no means an exhaustive FAQ list. If you have additional questions about your treatment plan, cost estimate, or orthodontics in general, don’t hesitate to contact us.

We Want to Hear From You!

If you have any questions or concerns about orthodontic treatment, call Orthodontics of Oxnard at (805) 800-8485 or use our online contact form.