No, it is not. Many of our patients are referred by their family dentist, yet many other patients contact our office directly to schedule an examination.
Any age is appropriate if there are orthodontic concerns. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic screening is age 7. By this age, several permanent teeth in most children have erupted, allowing us to effectively evaluate your orthodontic condition.
No, they will not. The space available for the front teeth does not increase as you grow. In most people, after the permanent molars erupt, the space available for the front teeth decreases with age.
Because of new technology and advanced orthodontic procedures, removing teeth is not always necessary for orthodontic treatment. Straight teeth and a balanced facial profile are the goal of orthodontics. Removing teeth is only sometimes necessary to achieve the best orthodontic result.
Treatment time obviously depends on each patient's specific orthodontic problem. In general, treatment times range from 12 to 30 months. The "average" time frame a person is in braces is approximately 24 months.
At the initial exam we will discuss the cost and financial options. We have many financing options available to accommodate your needs. We are happy to review your insurance benefits and file claims for you.
Yes. There is no reason to miss school because of an orthodontic appointment.
Yes. We recommend a mouth guard for all sports.
Yes! Regular checkups with your family dentist are important while in braces. Your family dentist will determine the intervals between cleaning appointments while you are in braces.
Yes. Once treatment begins, we will explain the complete instructions and provide a comprehensive list of foods to avoid. Some of those foods include: ice, hard candy, raw vegetables and all sticky foods (i.e. caramel and taffy). You can avoid most emergency appointments to repair broken or damaged braces by carefully following our instructions.
Patients should brush their teeth at least four times each day - after each meal and before going to bed. We will show each patient how to floss their teeth with braces and may also provide a prescription for a special fluoride, if necessary.
Yes. A tooth with a crown will move just like a tooth with a simple filling. When teeth are missing, orthodontic treatment will aid in the alignment of the remaining teeth.
Did you have braces growing up? So did I… and they sucked. Let’s be honest, even though we don’t have to use headgear anymore (thank goodness), everyone still looks pretty nerdy with braces. Not only do you look nerdy, but you feel nerdy too. Just imagine feeling like someone is constantly staring at your teeth all day. And let’s not forget about the inconvenience of having to go to the dentist once a month.
When you first get your braces put on you will literally starve because your teeth will hurt so badly. Chewing is the real struggle. You will probably want to have a diet that consists of ice cream, yogurt, and applesauce for the first couple days. Even after the first couple days you STILL can’t eat what you want. No popcorn, no gum, no pop, and let’s not forget the struggle of biting into your sandwich and bread completely filling your braces. Once you think life is about to get real good because the pain is starting to go away, you have to go to the dentist again to get them tightened and the pain starts all over.
Although everything said so far about braces sounds pretty awful, having braces was actually one of the best things that ever happened to me. I went from crooked, gapped teeth to perfect, straight teeth. I now know when I smile people are seeing a beautiful set of teeth rather than a jumbled, metal mess. I am so much more confident in myself and enjoy showing off my teeth. So, if James D. Garol, DDS, MSD ever gives you the opportunity to have braces, don’t turn down the offer. It might be awful while they are on, but the end product is so worth it.
Dr. James D. Garol
Orthodontics for Children and Adults
6536 South McCarran Boulevard, Suite A
Reno, NV 89509