Orthodontic FAQs

How is an orthodontist different from a dentist?

Orthodontists and dentists start out on the same path. Both begin by completing dental school and the associated residencies. But once dental school graduation occurs, dentists go into practice, while orthodontists complete additional training and residency programs, going on for as much as three additional years. Dr. Hullings completed a Master of Science in Orthodontics at the University of Tennessee. This training focuses on manipulating the teeth and bones for a straight and healthy smile.

What is the right age for orthodontic treatment?

Any age can be the right age. However, children should see the orthodontist as close to their seventh birthday as possible. This allows us to catch major problems early enough to avoid surgery later on. Still, anyone, at any age, can come see us and benefit from the treatments we offer.

Do I need a referral to see an orthodontist?

Insurance companies may have rules regarding referrals. However, we do not. Patients are welcome to schedule an appointment at any time.

How long will I have to wear braces?

The amount of time you spend in braces depends on several factors. These include your age, how severe the problem being corrected is, and how well you cooperate with treatment. Patients can be in braces for as little as six months and as long as three or more years.

How often do I brush my teeth when wearing braces?

Because braces give food particles more places to hide, you should brush after ever time you eat and before bed. Flossing should be done at least once a day. You can use a water flosser to make it easier.

Do I still see my dentist while in treatment?

Yes! Dentists and orthodontists do different work, and the work of your dentist is more important than ever when you have braces.

Will my braces stop me from playing sports and instruments or singing?

No. For sports, you will need a special mouthguard. For singing and instruments, there will be an adjustment period, but it goes fast and you will quickly be back to singing and playing like always.

How do I schedule my next appointment?

Just give us a call! We will help find the best appointment time for your schedule.