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Frequently Asked Questions

Your Orthodontic Queries Answered by Bold Bite Orthodontics in Jacksonville Beach, FL

  • At what age do you start seeing patients?
    As a rule of thumb, we like to evaluate young patients after the 6-year molars erupt and the front permanent teeth just start to appear. This is usually between the ages of 6 and 8. The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that all children be seen for the first time by age 7.
  • Why do you evaluate patients so young?
    The purpose of early evaluation is to inform and observe, more than to start treatment. At this early age, the eventual needs may be identified and discussed. A small percentage of this young group may need some form of intervention. Habits are evaluated, medical issues are discussed and an observation schedule is arranged until the patient is ready to begin treatment.
  • How long will the first visit take?
    The first visit can last anywhere between 30 minutes and 1 hour depending on how ready the patient is for treatment. We may just do a visual exam and explain the situation or we may suggest one or more X-rays and complete diagnostics including impressions of the teeth with photographs to document the current position.
  • Do you take patients transferring from out of town?
    Yes we do. We handle a patient transferring into our office from another city just like a new patient. We gather complete diagnostic records to show the current status and propose treatment to complete the work that has been started.
  • Do you have any adult patients?
    Absolutely. A growing percentage of our patients are adult. New, more cosmetic appliances are making adult treatment much more comfortable and convenient. Learn more here.
  • What is the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist?
    General dentists do a little of everything. Orthodontists are dentists who decided to specialize and focus only on perfecting the movement of teeth. Orthodontists go to residency after graduating dental school for 2-3 years. Our doctors practiced as general dentists for years before deciding to go back for Orthodontic specialty training, right here in Jacksonville.
  • Can I make all my appointments in the afternoon after school and late in the day?
    In order to have early and late appointments available for the majority of patient appointments, some procedures need to be accomplished during the hours of 9 and 3. We will do our best to work with your schedules and accommodate your family needs.
  • Do you see patients for emergencies?
    Yes, our contact information for an emergency is posted on the website. Feel free to visit our emergency care page for more information.
  • Do retainers need to be worn after braces?
    Yes, retainers are worn to keep those pearly whites in place after all that hard work! We typically recommend wearing your retainer at night for as long as you want to keep your teeth straight.
  • Why do teeth get crooked after wearing braces or aligners?
    Teeth move throughout life whether you have worn braces or not. It is part of the natural aging process. This is why retainer wear is recommended indefinitely to maintain your orthodontic results over lifetime.
  • What is the hardest part of getting braces?
    The hardest part about getting braces is making it through the first week. Your body is getting used to the strange, new pieces of metal in your mouth, and you probably feel a little sore at first. Once you get through the first week, you're well on your way to a beautifully straight smile.
  • How long does the braces treatment usually last?
    The duration of braces treatment can vary depending on the individual case. On average, most people wear braces for about 1 to 3 years. However, the exact timeline will be determined by factors such as the complexity of the orthodontic issues being addressed and how well the patient follows the orthodontist's instructions.
  • Are braces painful?
    It's common to experience some discomfort or soreness after braces are initially placed or adjusted. This discomfort is temporary and can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers and by eating softer foods for a few days. As your mouth adjusts to the braces, any discomfort will gradually subside.
  • How often do I need to visit the orthodontist for adjustments?
    Typically, you will need to visit the orthodontist every 4 to 8 weeks for adjustments. During these visits, the orthodontist will make any necessary changes to your braces to ensure that your teeth are progressing correctly. These regular check-ups are crucial for monitoring your progress and making necessary adjustments.
  • Will braces affect my daily activities or diet?
    While wearing braces, it's important to make some adjustments to your daily activities and diet. You may need to avoid sticky or hard foods that could damage your braces, and it's recommended to cut tough or crunchy foods into smaller, bite-sized pieces. Good oral hygiene practices, including regular brushing and flossing, are also crucial to maintain oral health during braces treatment.
  • How do I keep my braces clean?
    Keeping your braces clean is essential for maintaining oral health and preventing issues such as tooth decay and gum problems. It's important to brush your teeth after every meal, using a soft-bristle toothbrush and a fluoride toothpaste. Additionally, flossing with the help of floss threaders or interdental brushes is necessary to clean between the braces and along the gumline.
  • Can I play sports or musical instruments while wearing braces?
    Yes, you can continue to participate in sports and play musical instruments while wearing braces. It's recommended to wear a mouthguard during physical activities to protect your braces and teeth. If you play a musical instrument that requires the use of your lips, there may be an adjustment period, but most people adapt quickly and continue playing as normal.
  • Can we make payments?
    Yes. Whether or not you have insurance or a dental plan, we will structure a convenient payment plan that will allow you to pay for orthodontic services over a period of time that usually coincides with your treatment plan. Learn more here.
  • Do you give family discounts?
    We have special programs and fees for multiple patients from the same family.
  • Do you charge interest?
    Nope, never.
  • How do you handle insurance?
    After verification of coverage, we will agree to bill and collect from an insurance carrier. However, we ask patients to understand that if coverage ceases or changes, the patient is still responsible for the agreed upon fee.
  • Do you charge for an initial visit?
    As a courtesy to you and your family dentist, we will always discuss the feasibility of braces or tooth straightening without charging a fee for the initial consultation.
  • Do you take American Express, Master Card and/or Visa?
    Yes, we accept all major credit cards.
  • Do you have direct debit?
    Yes, we have arrangements for direct debit, charge card posting, as well as payments over the internet.
  • Do you give Military, First Responders, or Nurses a discount?
    Bold Bite Orthodontics has a strong affinity for the armed forces, first responders, nurses and their families. There is no adequate way to properly thank each and everyone, but we strive to honor their sacrifices and celebrate their heroism every day. Please give our office a call to learn more about these discounts, as they change throughout the year.
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