We understand that beginning an orthodontic journey can raise numerous questions and concerns. To help put your mind at ease and ensure you are well-informed, we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions and answers addressing the most common topics in orthodontics. If you have any additional questions and would like to schedule a visit with Dr. Thomas Gardner, please call Gardner Orthodontics at 904-802-0767.
The length of your orthodontic treatment varies depending on your specific needs. On average, treatment with braces lasts around 18 to 24 months, while clear aligners generally require 12 to 18 months.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that your child have their first orthodontic evaluation by the age of 7. Early assessment allows for timely identification of potential issues and, if necessary, intervention with preventive treatments.
Never. Orthodontic treatment is for patients of all ages. In fact, an increasing number of adults are seeking orthodontic care to improve their oral health and enhance the appearance of their smile.
Regular orthodontic appointments are essential for monitoring progress and making adjustments to your treatment plan. During your visit, we will discuss how often you will need to come back to keep track of your progress.
When wearing braces, it is important to avoid hard, sticky or chewy foods that can damage brackets and wires. Additionally, limiting sugary and acidic foods and beverages is essential for maintaining good oral health during treatment.
Yes, wearing a retainer is crucial for maintaining the results of your orthodontic treatment. Retainers work to keep your teeth from shifting so you can avoid reversal.
The cost of orthodontic treatment varies depending on the type of treatment, the complexity of the case and the duration of the treatment plan. Our orthodontist and team in Orange Park, Florida, will provide you with a detailed estimate during your initial consultation and discuss your payment options.