At Studio32 Orthodontics, we’re proud to offer a wide variety of orthodontic treatments in a friendly setting where patients can feel comfortable, and even have a little fun, as they achieve the healthy, attractive smiles. Dr. Mullally’s experience as an orthodontist in Gainesville, FL, provider her with insight into her patients’ needs. With years of experience providing orthodontic treatment to kids, teens, and adults, our orthodontist has established a comfortable office culture where patients’ questions can be answered. Here are answers to the most frequently asked questions about orthodontics and braces, including everything from eating with braces to covering the cost of treatment. Browse our FAQs, or contact our orthodontist office, to learn how we can address your dental issues and make both your smile and your world a little brighter. 

Orthodontics is a specialty of dentistry. While dentists focus on general oral health, Gainesville orthodontists, such as Dr. Mullally, diagnose, prevent, and correct specific issues caused by wrongfully positioned teeth or jawbones. At Studio32 Orthodontics, the most common orthodontic problems include crooked teeth, spacing issues, crossbites, and overbites, while some of the treatments we provide include metal or gold braces, Invisalign® removable braces, retainers, and appliances.

Most patients wear braces, sometimes called orthodontia, because they either have a physical defect, such as tooth or jaw pain or difficulty chewing, or they desire a cosmetic improvement of their smile. If you need an orthodontist checkup, you may receive a referral from a dentist, or contact our office yourself. Because orthodontists are specialized dentists, Dr. Mullally will assess your overall oral health while she determines whether you’d benefit from orthodontics or another option — we want every patient to experience the best results for the lowest price, whether that means wearing orthodontics or not.

 

Orthodontists recommend that each patient schedule an orthodontic checkup at least once in their lifetime. Children should visit an orthodontist by age 7, while teens and adults should return if they have oral pain, trouble chewing, or lost confidence that would be restored by straightening their smile. Contact us to schedule an orthodontist appointment and find out how we can improve your oral health.

Dr. Mullally provides adult orthodontics, as well as teen braces and braces for kids. Oftentimes, children and adults wear orthodontics for different reasons and their treatments vary based on their mouth size and stages of development. For the best results, see an orthodontist who specializes in patients your age.

 

Most children that require orthodontics have early onsets of oral health issues — open bite, deep bite, crossbite, crowding, over-spacing, ankylosed teeth — and wear braces, retainers, or functional appliances to prevent those conditions from worsening and stem their symptoms. Adult patients, meanwhile, have often lived with orthodontic problems for years. Some choose orthodontics to solve chewing problems or alleviate oral pain, but many desire a cosmetic solution, such as ceramic braces or clear aligners, to establish a more attractive and professional smile.

 

Serving patients of all ages has given Dr. Mullally an edge when it comes to creating individualized solutions for every patient, including for you or your loved one. We also offer treatments suitable for different age groups. Adults who don’t want to be seen wearing orthodontics, for instance, may be best served by invisible braces or accelerated orthodontics, while children, rather than caring about being seen wearing braces, may instead want to customize their orthodontics, such as with WildSmiles® braces, including the ever-popular Gator braces.

Several factors determine the cost of orthodontics, including the type of braces, retainers, or appliances, the length of treatment (including follow-up visits), as well as your dental insurance coverage. We offer a number of braces financing plans to accommodate patient’s budgets and to help ensure each patient receives the care they need.

 

At Studio32 Orthodontics, we accept most major dental plans. Whether or not your insurance will cover your treatment depends on the coverage. In many cases, dental insurance pays for oral health-related treatments, such as braces or appliances designed to alleviate mouth pain or improve chewing, but cosmetic orthodontics typically require supplemental coverage.

 

You are welcome to call our office to speak with our insurance coordinator regarding your specific plan. Please be prepared to provide the name of the insurance, the name and birthday of the policyholder, your member ID, and a customer service phone number. You can also contact the insurer yourself for questions about billing or to find out what your plan covers.

Braces are by far one of the most common types of orthodontics in Gainesville. That’s why our goal is to provide every patient with as much information as they need to make an informed decision about wearing them. Our team offers an overview of everything you need to know about getting braces, as well as answer specific questions from our patients in these FAQs. If you have further questions, feel free to write them down and bring them to your consultation with Dr. Mullally.

Young patients often like colored or shaped braces because they express their personality, while older patients commonly choose ceramic or removable braces because they’re practically invisible. But some patients forego traditional metal braces because they subscribe to the myth that traditional braces are painful. But this is only a myth, folks.

 

Wearing any type of braces, even traditional metal braces, isn’t likely to hurt your teeth. It’s possible you may feel slight soreness for the few hours after they’re installed as your teeth adjust, but taking over-the-counter pain medication and eating soft foods should get you through. And after that, you’ll feel normal and pain-free.

 

You can also avoid unnecessary discomforts, such as from sticky foods getting caught in braces, or broken wires poking your gums, by following the list of braces dos and don’ts provided by your orthodontist.

They could be! Fixed braces, such as metal braces, gold braces, and ceramic braces consist of brackets on your teeth that are connected with wires. The wires level and align your teeth over time. During your treatment, we switch between thicker and thinner wires to adjust your teeth at different rates. During follow-up appointments, many patients believe we’re tightening their braces, but in reality, we’re just swapping the wire for a different thickness!

 

Adding chains for braces is another way we adjust fixed braces. Power chains are elastic bands that stretch continuously across the teeth and add enough force to close stubborn gaps or hold the teeth together while we work on your bite.

While it’s true you’ll have to change your brushing habits while wearing fixed braces, we’ll provide you with tips and tools to make things easier. You can still use your current toothbrush and dental floss, but you’ll need to be extra gentle to avoid knocking loose the brackets or wire, which means brushing could take two or three times longer.

 

Your regular toothbrush won’t always be able to reach food caught around braces, which can lead to plaque and other oral health problems. Therefore, you’ll also need a braces brush, sometimes called a go-between toothbrush, which resembles a beefed-up toothpick with bristles, to remove plaque from hard-to-reach places. You can buy braces brushes over-the-counter at pharmacies or grocery stores, or at our office.

 

If you’re scheduled for dental teeth cleaning, the best option is to have your orthodontist remove the braces wire beforehand and then reinstall it after your cleaning. We recommend scheduling these events on back-to-back days, or even on the same day, to avoid interrupting your orthodontic work.

If you play a contact sport or, if for whatever reason, you sustain an unfortunate blow to the mouth, it’s probable that your braces could become damaged. If a bracket pops off, a wire comes loose, or things just don’t feel right, don’t hesitate to call our office. After all, we’d much rather provide emergency orthodontic treatment than have you lose progress on your teeth because your braces aren’t fitting as they should.

 

Many times, repairing braces damage can wait until the next appointment. Sometimes, we can even walk you through a solution over the phone. If a wire is poking you, for example, we recommend covering the loose ends with wax or cutting it with nail clippers. But if you’re in pain, we’ll always make time to see you as soon as possible.

In terms of results, such as straighter teeth, better spacing, and a more charming smile, Invisalign® offers the same benefits as traditional braces. Whether your clear aligners are as effective as metal braces would be, though, depends on who designs them and how they’re worn. Dr. Mullally uses Invisalign® to deliver satisfactory results for patients of all ages and whose teeth required varying degrees of movement. She’ll work with you to create a custom program that achieves optimal results.

 

Since Invisalign® is so convenient, why doesn’t everyone choose them? One reason is that being removable makes clear aligners possible to lose. While this isn’t much of a concern for adults or even teens, it is for parents who are contemplating Invisalign® for their children. There are also differences in the costs of removable and fixed braces. That’s why it’s best to consult your Gainesville orthodontist about whether Invisalign® is a match for your budget, insurance coverage, and oral health goals.

After their braces are removed, many patients require retainers or appliances to keep their teeth in place and to prevent natural shifting. The lifespan of your retainer or appliance depends on your habits. Some people go years without any issues; other patients, especially those who suffer from nighttime teeth grinding (bruxism) or eat with their retainers in place may need replacements more frequently.

Wearing orthodontics takes commitment and dedication. That’s why we love to reward our patients for their hard work! On your first day as our patient, you’ll receive a Smile Crew rewards card. Throughout your orthodontics treatments in Gainesville, you can earn points by doing things such as arriving at your appointments on time, wearing your Studio32 Orthodontics t-shirt, and having no cavities! Points are redeemed for gift cards through our website. Contact us for more details.