Patient Care. Peer Education. Orthodontic Solutions.

Princeton Junction
61 Princeton-Hightstown Road
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550

(609) 799-4628

Kennett Square
688 Unionville Road, Suite 101
Kennett Square, PA 19348

(609) 799-4628

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orthodontic faq

Orthodontic FAQ

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What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics is a specialized form of dentistry focusing on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial alignment, esthetics, and function.

What is an orthodontist?

An orthodontist is a dental specialist who has received two to three years of additional training and experience after graduating from an accredited dental school. As orthodontists, Dr. Tamburrino and Dr. Shah are able to straighten teeth, improve your bite, and correct problems with the function of your jaws.

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, about 40% of our patients are adults.  We have successfully treated patients ranging from age 3 to 89!  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 Dr. Shah or Dr. Tamburrino may recommend additional supplements if necessary. This will help prevent cavities and ugly white spots on your teeth once the braces are removed.!
  • When you take out your retainer, remember to keep it safe in its container so that it does not get lost or broken.
  • Keep your retainer clean, too, by brushing it gently with a toothbrush. You may also soak it in mouthwash denture cleaner to freshen it. Do NOT put your retainer in boiling water or in the dishwasher.
  • During your treatment, try to avoid foods with a lot of sugar (sugar 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 three to six months.

What are braces?

Braces are used by Dr. Tamburrino and Dr. Shah to help you improve the look and feel of your smile.  Please click here to learn more.

If I get braces, how long do I have to wear them?

The real answer is when your treatment is done correctly!  However, the amount of time spent in braces will vary depending on the individual patient and the procedures being completed.  Most comprehensive treatments take 18-24 months, but an estimated time will be discussed at the treatment consultation appointment.

Do braces hurt?

Placing braces on your teeth does not hurt at all.  Once the wire is placed, you may feel a some sensitivity and soreness in your teeth the day after and for a few additional days as you get adjusted to your new appliances and your teeth start to move!    

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. Dr. Shah or Dr. Tamburrino will 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 Dr. Tamburrino and Dr. Shah 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 mouthguard to protect your braces or appliance.

How do I schedule my next appointment?

Simply call our 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 click here or call 609-799-4628 to schedule an appointment.  We will provide you with all of the information you need.

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