Frequently Asked Questions about Orthodontics at Kuperman Orthodontics
What is orthodontics?
Orthodontics (also referred to as dentofacial orthopedics) is a specialized form of dentistry focusing on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial abnormalities.
What is an orthodontist?
An orthodontist, like Dr. Kuperman, is a dental specialist who has received two to three years of additional training and experience. As an orthodontic specialist, Dr. Kuperman 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?
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 at our Fort Worth and Burleson, TX orthodontic offices 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.
How can I take care of my teeth if I'm wearing braces or a retainer?
- 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 your orthodontist or family dentist if you need a fluoride rinse. This will help prevent cavities!
- If you take out your retainer to eat, remember to keep it safe in its container so that it does not get lost or broken. Be sure you brush and floss after eating.
- See our handout for post-treatment retention instructions.
- During your treatment, try to avoid foods with a lot of sugar,which increases the amount of bacteria that grows in your mouth, causing more plaque and possibly 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.
What are braces?
Braces are used by Dr. Kuperman to help you improve the look and feel of your smile. There are several different types of braces available at our Fort Worth and Burleson orthodontic offices, including:
- Clear braces
- Ceramic braces
- Self-ligating braces
- Invisalign® clear aligners
- SPEED Braces™
- Traditional metal braces
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 24 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. Taking Tylenol (Acetaminophen) or lightly chewing sugar free gum can help with discomfort.
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. Your orthodontist can show you how to properly brush and floss 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 important that patients receiving orthodontic treatment visit their dentist regularly. With braces, food may be caught in places that your toothbrush can’t reach. This causes bacteria to build up that can lead to cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease. Your dentist will work closely with your orthodontist to make sure that your teeth stay clean and healthy while 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, it is recommended that you wear a Shock Doctor mouthguard to protect your braces or appliance.
Why should I choose Kuperman Orthodontics for my orthodontic treatment?
In addition to Dr. Kuperman’s 35+ years of experience, our office is constantly improving and upgrading our treatments to help achieve better results. We never rest in our pursuit of knowledge! The orthodontic field is continually changing and getting better, and we are, too! Even more important than our commitment to technology is Dr. Kuperman’s commitment to his patients. His love of what he does and the people he does it for is unmatched in the Fort Worth and Burleson, TX communities. Orthodontics is a marvelous field, and it is our privilege to work in it.
What happens at my initial consultation?
You initial consultation at our Fort Worth or Burleson, TX orthodontic offices is a great time for you to get to know us, learn about orthodontics, and have all your questions answered. You’ll be greeted by our treatment coordinator, get a tour of the office, and have diagnostic records (3D X-rays and photos) taken. You will then be seen by Dr. Kuperman for a clinical exam and diagnosis. You’ll spend the remainder of the exam with the treatment coordinator, having the doctor’s diagnosis, the proposed treatment plan, the financial arrangements explained. If you want to start your treatment right away, we can proceed with spacers and impressions.
How do I schedule my next appointment?
Simply call our Fort Worth or Burleson, TX orthodontic practice! Our front desk staff will be happy to help 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 of the information you need.