Read the most frequently asked questions we receive from our patients.


1. How long will Orthodontic treatment take?

The length of treatment depends upon the severity of the problem. 6 to 30 months is possible.

2. How much does the treatment cost?

The cost of treatment will vary according to whether one or both arches of teeth need treatment; how severe the problem is; the type of braces chosen; and whether there are alternatives to braces. A detailed quotation is given at the consultation visit. The cost of treatment is broken down over the course of treatment to make payment easier.

3. Will I need to have teeth removed?

In some cases teeth may need to be removed, in order to make enough room to fit crowded teeth into position. Fortunately, modern Orthodontics involves a much lower requirement to remove teeth, and, if treated at the correct age, teeth may only need to be removed in 10 to 15 percent of cases.

4. Do braces hurt?

The majority of patients experience slight discomfort when their braces are first fitted and then a day or two after each adjustment.

5. Will I still be able to talk when I have braces?

Yes, standard Braces should not affect how you talk or the sound of your voice. In certain cases, we may need to use an appliance that could get in the way of your tongue. You may then experience slight trouble talking clearly for a day or two. However, your tongue will then readjust and you will be able to talk like normal.

6. Will Braces cause ulcers in my mouth?

When you first get Braces, you could experience some ulcers in your mouth. If you rinse in warm salty water, they will heal within a week or two. Use your orthodontic wax as this helps protect the inside of your cheeks from rubbing against the brackets, which in turn helps prevent ulcers forming. Your gums and cheeks will become accustomed to the Braces and after a while you shouldn't need to use wax anymore.

7. Does it hurt to eat with braces?

After treatment for the first few days your teeth will feel a little tender and you may wish to eat softer foods. After this you should be able to eat normally again.

8. What happens if a bracket falls off?

We will simply re-attach it. Usually this is not a problem; however, if this does occur please make an appointment with us as soon as possible.

For more information on Orthodontics, please contact West Hills Family Dentistry Center today on (503) 291-0000 or click here to email us.