Frequently Asked Questions About Orthodontics
What is an orthodontist?
An orthodontist is a highly trained dental specialist who has received two to three years of additional training and experience after graduation dental school in an accredited university setting. Dr. Hullings completed a Master of Science in Orthodontics at the University of Tennessee. He is focused not only on straightening teeth but will also ensure that the teeth and jaws fit together properly. Only an orthodontist has the special training and skills to diagnose and treat your smile so that it will enhance your entire facial structure for your entire life.
What's the best age to visit the orthodontist?
If you want to improve the look and feel of your smile, then any age can be a great age to see the orthodontist. 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, with about one in every five orthodontic patients being over the age of 21. Whether you're considering treatment for yourself or for a child, any time is a good time to visit the orthodontist.
Do I need a referral to see an orthodontist?
No you don't. We are happy to see you for a complimentary evaluation any time. Following your evaluation, we will send a report of our findings and recommendations to your family dentist. A close working relationship likely already exists between our offices.
If I get braces, how long do I have to wear them?
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 between six and 30 months, but most standard treatments take about 22 months.
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. In our office, we will give you an electric Oral B toothbrush the day you get your braces to help keep your teeth sparkling clean.
If I have braces, do I still need dental checkups every six months?
Yes! In fact, it's even more important that patients receiving orthodontic treatment visit their dentist regularly. We will work closely with your dentist to make sure that your teeth stay clean and healthy while you're in braces.
Will my braces interfere with my school activities like sports, playing an instrument, or singing?
Wearing braces will not stop you from participating in any of your school activities! If you play a contact sport, it is recommended that you wear a mouthguard to protect your mouth and braces.
How do I schedule my next appointment?
Simply call our practice! We are happy to help schedule your next appointment at your convenience. If you are a new patient, please let us know and we will provide you with all of the information you need to get started with orthodontics.