Braces FAQ

Have questions about braces? We know you do. Check out our braces FAQ! (Enjoy that rhyme?) At Lineberger Orthodontics, Dr. Matt Lineberger, Dr. Megan Lineberger, Dr. Claire Fedore and Dr. Bhaven Sayania, offer orthodontic treatment for the residents of Charlotte, Huntersville and surrounding communities in North Carolina.

I Like My Smile, So Why Do I Need Braces?

Define “like.” Because you should LOVE your smile. Ya heard? It’s true, braces improve your smile, but there are also some pretty significant health benefits to orthodontic treatment. Even the smallest space between your teeth or slightest overlap gives plaque and bacteria a perfect hiding place. These bacteria love to multiply, and where does all that bacteria go? Down into your gums. But that’s not all. Bacteria can destroy the bone that anchors your teeth, and bone loss leads to tooth loss. Can you imagine?! Orthodontic treatment not only improves your smile, but keeps it looking great for a lifetime.

When Should I Get Braces?

Children who still have their baby teeth may need some help to make sure the adult teeth come in correctly and improve jaw development. The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends all kids see an orthodontist for an initial evaluation at age seven.  Of course, braces are part of life as a teenager, but we also work with adults and even grandma and grandpa!

Am I Too Old for Braces?

Ask this guy ==> Never. Seriously, stop thinking this! Orthodontic treatments are beneficial at any age.

How Long Do I Have to Wear Braces?

You may need to wear your braces for a couple of years, but this varies by patient. Do your part and listen to our docs and you’ll get your braces off on time (and maybe even BEFORE!) We’ve seen it happen hundreds of times!

Are Braces Expensive?

“Expensive” is a relative term, so we can best answer this by saying we maximize the benefits under your insurance, offer tiered treatment plans based on what you can afford and even have in-house financing. We don’t want our patients to choose orthodontic treatments based on cost alone, so we do everything we can to help the cost fit into your budget.

How Do I Brush and Floss with Braces?

Brushing and flossing with braces can be tricky at first. All it takes is a little practice, and you’ll be a pro in no time. Read our helpful tips here.

Do Braces Hurt?

All in all, no. The answer is they should never HURT. There may be some times when you notice different types of discomfort with your braces. This is totally normal and will go away quickly.

  1. When you first get your braces, you will need to adapt to having them. Your lips, cheeks and gums may feel sore for a few days.
  2. Your braces are adjusted periodically, maybe every month or so. You may notice your teeth “ache.” This should only last one to three days.
  3. The wires and brackets may rub against the inside of your cheeks and lips. Dental wax helps with this.
  4. Accidents do happen. If you break a wire or bracket, it may poke into the soft tissues of your mouth. Check out our Emergency Info page for some tips.

Need more information than what’s in our braces FAQ? We’re here to help! Lineberger Orthodontics offers braces for the residents of Charlotte, Elizabeth, Huntersville and surrounding communities in North Carolina. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.

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