Frequently Asked Questions
Orthodontics in Baraboo, WI
What Is Orthodontics?
Orthodontic care is a specialized area of dentistry that focuses on treating irregularities in alignment and occlusion (bite) of the teeth and jaws. Orthodontics often incorporates appliances such as braces to move teeth into the ideal position.
Do I Schedule My First Orthodontic Appointment With My Dentist?
While dentists often refer their patients to a trusted orthodontist, you do not need a dentist referral to schedule your initial consultation with us.
How Do I Schedule A Consultation At Paschen Orthodontics
If you are interested in orthodontic treatment for your child, your teenager, or yourself, call Paschen Orthodontics at (608) 356-7846, (608) 356-6611, or email us to set one up. Our staff will be happy to schedule one for you, and they will request some basic information from you.
What Happens At The First Consultation?
Your first orthodontic consultation is basically a fact-finding appointment. You will be asked to complete paperwork to help Dr. Paschen understand your oral health history and get a good idea of your treatment goals. Dr. Paschen will take complimentary digital x-rays to get a complete picture of what’s going on in the patient’s mouth.
He then examines the mouth and airway to see how the teeth align and perform and to ensure no breathing problems are present that could negatively influence treatment.
Once all information has been gathered, it will be time to create personalized treatment plans. A plan will be given, along with a written treatment fee. A parent or legal guardian must be present if the appointment is for a minor child.
Will My Teeth Straighten Over Time?
Unfortunately, they won’t. In fact, teeth tend to grow more crooked with age. Biting down with poorly aligned teeth puts pressure on them to shift farther from their ideal position.
How Long Does The Average Orthodontic Treatment Last?
The length of treatment time depends on each patient’s orthodontic problems. Still, it typically ranges from eight months to two and a half years. The best way to have the shortest possible treatment time is to strictly follow Dr. Mark Paschen‘s instructions.
How Often Will I Have Appointments?
Appointments vary depending on the patient’s needs, but most patients with braces come every five to eight weeks to change wires and rubber bands and check the brackets.
Do Braces Hurt?
After orthodontic visits, particularly ones involving braces adjustments, your teeth may be sore for a couple of days as they get used to the change. Advil or Tylenol can ease the discomfort. Traditional metal braces may sometimes rub against the cheeks and create soreness. Still, we can trim wires when necessary, and orthodontic wax is also a great solution.
Am I Too Old To Have Orthodontics?
No patient is too old to wear braces! In fact, one-quarter of all orthodontic patients are out of their teens. Don’t feel like you missed your chance for a beautiful smile just because you didn’t get braces in high school! Take advantage of metal braces, tooth-colored ceramic braces, and Invisalign, regardless of age.
How Do I Brush My Teeth With Braces?
The only difference between brushing with braces is there are many more nooks and crannies to work around. Be very thorough as you brush because food can get stuck, and plaque can build up in the hard-to-reach areas. Click this link to learn more.
At What Age Should I Bring My Child To See The Orthodontist?
The American Association of Orthodontics recommends getting an initial orthodontic screening by age seven. By this age, adult teeth are coming in, allowing Dr. Paschen to evaluate how much room you have and if your teeth are in their proper positions.
Do I Need To See My Dentist While I Have Braces?
Absolutely! Regular dental checkups are crucial, especially when you have braces. Your dentist will tell you when and how often to come in during your orthodontic treatment. Oral hygiene is a top priority while wearing braces. Regardless of the type of braces you have, you want to avoid tooth decay at all costs.
Come see us at Paschen Orthodontics in Baraboo, Wisconsin. We can’t wait to help you get the smile you’ve always wanted.