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Questions Moms and Dads Frequently Ask





Does our family dentist need to refer our child to see you?

Not at all! Many parents take the initiative to call us for an initial appointment themselves.

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What will happen at my child’s free Spark Smile Assessment?

When you and your child first arrive at one of our orthodontic offices in PA, our staff and orthodontist will tell you a little about our office and what to expect. We will then take the necessary photographs and X-rays of your child’s teeth to allow us to make a proper diagnosis. Finally, the orthodontist will conduct a short, but detailed, exam and then discuss his or her findings with you both.

To learn more about your first visit, click here.

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What will the Spark Smile Assessment tell us?

Here are six vital questions that we will cover when we first see your child at one of our orthodontic offices in PA:

  1. Do they have a condition that orthodontics can successfully solve?
  2. Do they need braces right away, or should we delay it until they’ve aged a little and grown their adult teeth?
  3. What type of braces should we use to correct the problem?
  4. Will we need to remove any permanent teeth?
  5. How long will my child need braces?
  6. How much will braces cost?

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Will you need to extract any of my child’s teeth?

Sometimes we require this to achieve the best results on their behalf. Our goal always includes straight teeth and a balanced facial profile. Advanced orthodontic procedures sometimes permit us not to remove any teeth at all.

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How long should I plan for my child to wear braces?

Treatment time depends on each child’s specific orthodontic situation. In general, it can range from 12 to 30 months. On average, a child or teen wears braces for about 22 months.

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How much will braces cost? Do you offer financing for braces? What about insurance?

We will be able to give you answers to all of these questions right after your child’s free Spark Smile Assessment. We have many available financing options that we will review with you. If you have one, we will also review your insurance policy and help to maximize your benefit and file your claims.

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How often will my child need to see one of your award-winning orthodontists?

We see most patients in braces every five to 10 weeks, but your child’s specific situation may require more frequent monitoring. Also, if you choose our Spark Accelerated Treatment, you can decrease their time in the orthodontist’s chair by 30 to 50%!

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Do you offer after school hours?

We offer convenient hours before school and after work, opening at 7:30 am for two days per week and closing at 7:00 pm on two additional days. We will try our best to meet your scheduling needs. Because we schedule most appointments five to 10 weeks apart, most children miss minimal school time due to their orthodontic treatments.

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I need to run errands. Can I drop my child off?

But, yes. We understand your busy schedule, and we are happy to help you make the most of your time if you need to run errands. On some occasions, we may request to speak with you when you return, so we ask that parents check in with their patient manager before dropping off their child.

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Will braces hurt my child?

No, not usually. After certain visits, your child’s teeth may feel sore for a few days. In these situations, give them pain medications such as Advil or Tylenol to ease their discomfort. After most visits, however, children feel no soreness at all! We often remind our patients, “It does not have to hurt to work!”

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Can my child return to school on the same day they get their braces?

Yes. There is no reason to miss school because of an orthodontic appointment.

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Will my child need to get shots?

Thankfully, your child won’t need any shots from us during orthodontic treatment!

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Will you use recycled braces on my child?

Goodness, no! Giving your child brand new braces will ensure the safety of their health and their best possible smile.

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My child loves sports. Can they still play sports with braces?

Yes. But with any sport, please buy them a mouth guard and make sure they wear it!

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Can my child still play an instrument with braces?

Today you have lots of options to fit your son or daughter’s lifestyle. They can remove some treatments, while others stay fixed in place. Children that play wind instruments can usually get used to braces quickly and with little difficulty. Remember, we have all kinds of options for your child’s new smile – even braces that barely show at all!

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Should my child still regularly see a dentist after they get braces?

Yes! Your child should still have regular dental checkups while in braces. Ask your family dentist how long your child should now wait between cleaning appointments.

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Does my child need to avoid certain foods with braces?

Yes, they do. After your child begins treatment, we will explain their food choices thoroughly and give you a list of foods to avoid. For instance, they should steer clear of hard candy, ice, raw veggies and anything sticky, like taffy or caramel. If they don’t, you might find yourself at an emergency appointment to repair damaged or missing braces!

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How frequently should my child brush their teeth while wearing braces?

They should brush their teeth after every meal and at bedtime. We’ll show your child how to floss properly and also give them a special fluoride prescription if we feel they would benefit.

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How do you handle emergencies?

If your child feels extreme pain or they damage their braces, please call the office right away. Usually, we can solve problems over a telephone call. In a dire emergency, we will always make time for your child to come in.

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My child still has baby teeth, but I’ve noticed a problem. Should I bring them in?

Some childhood orthodontic issues can benefit from early intervention. If you have questions, we will be happy to evaluate your young child. If we notice serious problems, we may begin early treatment. More likely, we will simply monitor their tooth and jaw growth and development carefully for a few more years.

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What is Phase One (early) Treatment?

If your child requires phase one treatment, they’ll usually begin between 7 and 10 years old. Expect Phase One treatment to last around 12 to 21 months. Most frequently, we advise early treatment for children with significant tooth and/or jaw issues so that they don’t become worse. It also helps to improve a child’s self-image and self-esteem.

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If my child has Phase One treatment, will they also need full braces?

More than likely, yes they will. We call the time that follows Phase One the “resting period.” During this time, we monitor the eruption and growth of your child’s teeth very carefully and keep you informed of any future orthodontic recommendations.

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Will my child need to have an expander?

We can let you know this after your child’s free Spark Smile Assessment.

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Should we wait to have our child get braces?

If your child needs braces and orthodontic treatment, we strongly recommend that you do not put it off. Doing so may mean they will need surgery or multiple tooth extractions later in life in order to fix their smile. Please bring them in for a full evaluation by their 7th birthday for their free Spark Smile Assessment.

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Will our child’s teeth straighten out by themselves as they grow?

Unfortunately not. In fact, once permanent molars erupt, most people find that the space their front teeth require actually narrows with age.

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Will the other kids at school tease our child?

We truly understand this concern, but actually so many kids wear braces these days that they see them as a rite of passage on their way to high school. Lots of kids actually think getting braces is “cool”.

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Could I benefit from braces as an adult?

Absolutely! About a quarter of our patients wearing braces are adults. Call us for your own free Spark Smile Assessment!

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I have missing teeth and crowns. Can I still wear braces?

It doesn’t matter whether your tooth has a crown; we can still treat your smile. In the case of missing teeth, we can align those you have left. Don’t feel self-conscious. With or without teeth, we think you are beautiful!

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If you’d like to learn more about ways our friendly and award-winning orthodontists in PA can give your child that smile they have long dreamed about, please call 610.223.7777 or schedule a free, no-obligation Spark Smile Assessment online.

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