Orthodontic FAQs

How much do braces or Invisalign cost?

This is the one of the most common questions we get.  Without having a consultation and looking at your x-rays we are unable to give an exact price.  Treatment costs differ with each patient as treatment time and options differ as well.  Call our office to schedule a FREE New Patient Exam to find out exact costs, treatment options and payment options.

What age should I take my kids to see the orthodontist?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children first visit an orthodontist around the age of seven; however, orthodontic treatment can be started at any age. Kids sometimes need a first phase of orthodontics at a young age to adjust bites and crowding while the jaw is growing and to avoid more invasive treatment later.  The full phase of orthodontic treatment can start as early as age 10, but every child is different depending on their permanent teeth. This phase can begin before all adult teeth have come in.  It's best to have kids under observation with an orthodontist so they can start at the perfect age for them!     

Am I too old for braces or Invisalign?

No! You are never too old to have a beautiful smile! Many folks report their teeth shifting as they age.  We have patients in treatment at our office from 6 to 80 years old! Adults may have had braces as kids but notice movement later in life. It can be difficult to keep teeth clean and can affect the wear and tear on your teeth and jaw if the issues are not addressed.  

Do you take insurance?

Yes! We will file any orthodontic insurance for you.  During your free new patient exam we will call your insurance company to verify benefits.

How long will it take to fix my smile?

The amount of time spent in braces or Invisalign will vary depending on the individual patient. Every smile responds differently to treatment.  Treatment time also is dependent on the patient's compliance with wearing their bands, aligners or retainers as well.  Treatment times can take anywhere between six and 30 months, but most standard treatments take about 22 months.

Can I speed up my treatment?

Blue Ridge Orthodontics is the only provider in Western North Carolina to offer Acceledent Aura to it's patients.  When used with traditional braces or Invisalign, this technology has been clinically proven to reduce treatment time by up to half.  Propel Orthodontics may also be a good option for you.  Ask during your consultation or visit if either Propel or Acceledent Aura would be beneficial to your treatment.

What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics (also referred to as dentofacial orthopedics) is a specialized form of dentistry focusing on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial abnormalities.

Who is an orthodontist?

An orthodontist is a dental specialist who has received two to three years of additional training and experience. Your orthodontist is able to straighten teeth, correct misaligned jaw structure, and improve the function of your smile.

How do I clean my teeth if I'm wearing braces?

  • ALWAYS remember to brush your teeth after every meal and floss at least once a day.
  • Make sure to use toothpaste that contains fluoride, and ask your orthodontist or family dentist if you need a fluoride rinse. This will help prevent cavities!
  • If you take out your retainer to eat, make sure you brush your teeth, floss, and remember to keep it safe in its container so that it does not get lost or broken.
  • Keep your retainer clean, too, by brushing it gently with a toothbrush and toothpaste. You may also soak it in denture cleaner as instructed by your orthodontist. Do not put your retainer in boiling water or in the dishwasher.
  • During your treatment, try to avoid foods with a lot of sugar, which increases the amount of bacteria that grows in your mouth, causing more plaque and possibly cavities.
  • Avoid sticky and chewy foods (caramel, laffy taffy, gummy bears), hard foods (hard candy, nuts, ice cubes), or any foods that could possibly get stuck in your braces (corn on the cob, soft bagels, ribs, taffy, whole apples, etc.).
  • Be sure to schedule your routine checkups with your family dentist. It is recommended that you continue to visit the dentist every six months.

What are braces?

Braces are used by your orthodontist to help you improve the look and feel of your smile. There are several different types of braces to choose from, including:

  • Clear braces
  • Ceramic braces
  • Lingual braces
  • Self-ligating braces
  • Invisalign Clear Aligners
  • Traditional metal braces

Do braces hurt?

Braces do not often hurt though you may feel a small amount of discomfort for a couple days as your teeth, gums, cheeks, and mouth get used to your new braces.

Do I need to brush my teeth more often if I have braces?

With braces, you should brush your teeth at least three times a day to keep your teeth, gums, and mouth healthy and clean. Brushing regularly will help remove any food that may be caught between the braces. You should also floss daily to get in between your braces where your brush isn't able to reach. Your orthodontist can show you how to properly brush and floss once your braces are placed.

Do I still need to see my dentist?

Absolutely! In fact, it's even more important that you visit your dentist every 6 months now then ever before. When you have braces it's easier for food to get stuck in places that you can see or your toothbrush can't get out. This could lead to cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease. Dr. Roberts works closely with your dentist to make sure that your teeth stay clean and healthy while wearing braces.

Will my braces interfere with my activites like sports, singing or playing a wind instrument?

Playing an instrument or a contact sport may require some adjustment at first, but wearing braces will not stop you from participating in any of your school activities. If you play a sport, it is recommended that you wear a mouthguard to protect your braces or appliance.  Discuss any concerns with Dr. Roberts when you come in for your new patient exam because Invisalign may be an option and could make it easier if you play an instrument.

What the best way to schedule my next appointment?

Simply call our practice at 828-687-0872! Our staff will be happy to help schedule your next appointment at your convenience. If you are a new patient or have been referred to our practice, please let us know and we will provide you with all of the information you need.