Frequently Asked Questions
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When should I take my child to the dentist?
The first dental visit is recommended by 12 months of age or within 6 months after the first tooth erupted.
Do I need to arrive early for my first appointment?
Yes. Please arrive 10-15 minutes early to fill out any remaining patient forms.
What should I do about bleeding gums?
Gums that bleed are a symptom of the onset of periodontal disease or gingivitis. You should see your dentist for a periodontal screening to determine the extent of your gum disease and the best treatment course to pursue.
I have dentures. Is it necessary for me to still see my dentist?
Visits to the dentist include more than just "checking teeth." While patients who wear dentures no longer have to worry about dental decay, they may have concerns with ill-fitting appliances or mouth sores, to name a few. During these visits, an oral cancer screening will be performed as well as an evaluation of the fit or need for replacement of the existing dentures.
What are the types of retainers offered in your office?
At Okemos Family Dentistry, we offer removable Hawley retainers and clear retainers.
How often do I need to wear my retainers?
Retainers need to be worn 24/7. They should only be removed for eating, brushing, or when playing contact sports.
How long should I wear my retainers?
Retainers are usually worn full-time for approximately 6 months. Afterwards, they may be worn during bedtime only or part-time, according to your orthodontist’s instructions.
Emergency Care with Braces
What should I do with a poking wire?
This happens as the teeth move, and wire can poke from the back teeth. Use orthodontic wax to cover any poking wire. Do not try to cut the wire with clippers or any cutting instrument.
Why are my teeth feeling sore?
There may be some mild discomfort and tenderness for the first few days while your mouth adjusts to the braces. This is normal and does not usually last for more than a few days. You may take some pain reliever medications to help you feel better.
A bracket popped off, what should I do?
Make sure you do not swallow the bracket if it comes off the wire. Please put it in a small baggie to bring into the office for reattachment. If the bracket stays intact with the wire, roll an orthodontic wax and stick it over the bracket to keep it in place.
Is it normal to get sores from braces?
Yes, your braces will rub up against the inside of your mouth because it’s still getting acclimated to the appliance. As your mouth gets used to having braces on your teeth, it will account for the braces and lessen the frequency of sores and ulcers, sometimes eliminating them entirely. However, if sores and ulcers cause discomfort, put orthodontic wax over them to prevent irritating your oral tissues.