Helping others to smile a little brighter with every moment brings our team the greatest reward from practicing orthodontics. As caregivers, educators, and personal professional resources for every patient and family, we can truly make a difference in our patients’ lives. The friendship that builds through the trust patients share is a priceless reward.
Frequently Asked Questions about Orthodontics
What is orthodontics?
Orthodontics (also referred to as dentofacial orthopedics) is a specialized form of dentistry that focuses on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial abnormalities.
What is an orthodontist?
An orthodontist is a dental specialist who has received two to three years of additional training and experience. Dr. Deluke is able to straighten teeth, correct misaligned jaw structure, and improve the function of your smile.
What’s the best age to visit the orthodontist?
The needs of children, teens, and adults vary immensely and our dedication to treat all three age groups is deliberate. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children first visit an orthodontist around the age of seven; however, orthodontic treatment is not exclusive to children and teens. About one in every five orthodontic patients is over the age of 21. Whether you’re considering treatment for yourself or for a child, any age is a good time to visit the orthodontist.
The key to faster, more comfortable treatment for children is choosing those methods which enhance natural growth and result is less extensive, simpler treatment as the teen years are entered.
Adult treatments techniques vary less and the majority of teens and adults can be treated with Invisalign® clear aligner therapy instead of braces. The duration of their care is always shorter, more hygienic, and far more comfortable.
What kinds of braces do you offer?
The procedures and treatments offered in our office extend beyond those found in most dental and orthodontic offices. At the heart of all services is the singular focus on tailoring treatment to each individual patient and family needs. The actual procedures change in response to the technological advances and current research findings. Our office has been the source of new orthodontic appliance designs and procedures adopted around the world. We continuously adapt and design existing procedures to make our patients’ care more comfortable and efficient than previously possible. Our practice considers all available procedures and treatments, often combining them in creative new methods.
Braces at our East Aurora, Lewiston, and Wheatfield orthodontic offices include:
- Traditional metal braces
- Clear, aesthetic braces
- Invisalign® and Invisalign Teen® clear aligners
- AcceleDent® Aura accelerated orthodontic treatment
- Orthodontic appliances
How do I take care of my 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 Dr. Deluke or your 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 the retainer 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 Dr. Deluke or a member of our team. 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, and can cause more plaque and potential cavities.
- Avoid sticky and chewy foods (caramel, chewing gum, 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, 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.
How long does orthodontic treatment take?
The amount of time spent in braces will vary, depending on the individual patient, because every smile responds differently to treatment. Treatment times can take anywhere from six to 30 months, but most standard treatments take about 22 months.
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 between your braces where your brush isn’t able to reach. We can show you how to brush and floss properly once your braces are placed.
If I have braces, do I still need dental checkups every six months?
Yes! In fact, it’s even more vital that patients receiving orthodontic treatment visit the dentist regularly. With braces, food may be caught in places your toothbrush can’t reach. This causes bacteria to build up and can lead to cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease. Dr. Deluke will work closely with your dentist to make sure your teeth stay clean and healthy while you’re wearing braces.
Will my braces interfere with my school activities like sports, playing an instrument, or singing?
Playing an instrument or a contact sport may require some adjustment when you first get your braces, but wearing braces will not stop you from participating in any of your school activities. If you play a contact sport, we recommend that you wear a mouthguard to protect your braces or appliance.
What happens during the initial consultation appointment?
Your first visit to our East Aurora, Lewiston, or Wheatfield orthodontic office is what we like to call a “getting to know each other talk.” There are many treatment options available, and you’ll learn about the benefits and risks associated with each. We encourage you to participate in the process and express your feelings and priorities. We know we are doing a great job when we often hear, “we've never had this all explained before and really appreciate it!”
How much do braces cost?
The cost of treatment will depend on your unique needs and circumstance. We accept insurance and offer no-interest financing plans to help make orthodontics as affordable as possible.
How do I schedule my next appointment?
Simply call our East Aurora, Lewiston, or Wheatfield orthodontic offices! Our front desk staff will be happy to 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 the information you need go get started on your new smile.