Common Questions














                     Q. Why should I choose an orthodontic specialist for my braces?

                     A. You are a unique, special person.  When considering orthodontic treatment, keep in

                          mind the importance of achieving the best result facially and dentally.  An Orthodontist

                          is a dental specialist who possesses the knowledge to diagnose and treat tooth and jaw 



                      Q. How can  I recognize an Orthodontic Specialist?

                      A. You can recognize the orthodontic specialist through membership in the American 

                           Association of Orthodontists (AAO).   

                           (find out more at the American Association of Orthodontists website)


                      Q. Why should I choose your practice?

                      A. Dr. Thomas Jusino, an orthodontic specialist, also holds a degree in mechanical 

                           engineering.  For this reason he can offer you a unique edge in the formation of a    

                           healthier, happier smile.  With his knowledge of growth development and the

                           mechanics of braces, Dr. Jusino will recommend the best course of treatment for

                           improving your smile.                                                 


                      Q. At what age should a child have an orthodontic evaluation?

                      A. The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that children be

                           evaluated by age 7, unless you suspect a problem at an earlier age.


                      Q. What is the benefit of early examination?

                      A. Early examination allows us to determine when we should treat your child for maximum

                           improvement.  For children seven to eleven years old, certain treatment techniques

                           provide significant benefits- especially in jaw irregularities.  Treatment during these

                           growth stages may achieve results not possible once face and jaw bones have finished        



                     Q. When is someone  too old for orthodontics?     

                     A. Today, adults account for 25 percent of all orthodontic patients.  Less noticeable- or

                          invisible- braces have contributed to this increase in popularity.  Treatment is more 

                          convenient than ever.  Newer techniques and materials now allow extended intervals 

                          between appointments.  It's never too late to make a change for the better.


                     Q. Why is orthodontics important?     

                     A. An attractive smile and improved self-image is only one of the benefits of

                          orthodontic treatment.  Alleviating and preventing physical health problems is just  

                          as important.  Without treatment, orthodontic problems can lead to tooth decay,

                          gum disease, bone destruction, TMJ, chewing and digestive difficulties, speech 

                          impairments, tooth loss and other dental injuries.


                     Q. Will braces hurt?

                     A. Most orthodontic patients experience some discomfort the first couple of days after 

                          their braces have been placed, and right after braces are tightened.  You can take

                          Aspirin, Advil, or Tylenol to ease the discomfort.  For the most comfortable braces,

                          read about the Damon System.


                      Q. What are diagnostic records?

                      A. Diagnostic Records consist of: (2) x-rays; a panoramic x-ray which shows all of the teeth,     

                          including those that are under the gums; a cephalometric or "head" x-ray, which shows

                          the relationship of the jaw bones, and how the face is growing;  (8) digital photographs, 

                          impressions of the teeth, and a wax bite.


                      Q. Why are diagnostic records necessary?

                      A. The combination of x-rays, photographs and impressions assist Dr. Jusino in

                           determining the course of a patient's care and treatment.


                      Q. What are separators?

                      A. Separators are small, high quality elastic disks that go between teeth to create the 

                           space needed for orthodontic bands to be placed around back molar teeth.


                      Q. What are the parts of the braces?

                      A.  Braces consist of several different parts that act in conjunction with each other to move

                            and align teeth.  Bands- these fit on the back molar teeth and act as an anchor for braces. 

                            Brackets- these are glued to the teeth.  Arch-wires: wires that come in different sizes and 

                            serve the purpose of moving teeth.  Ties: different colors placed  over the arch-wire to

                            hold the wire to the bracket.  Power-chains: ties  that are hooked together in a 'chain' 

                            fashion.  Power-chains are designed to  close spaces between teeth, and help turn rotated 



                      Q. Is headgear still necessary for fixing an overbite?

                      A. Yes, on occasion it is still necessary to prescribe headgear wear. Depending on how

                           protrusive the upper teeth are, it may be necessary to wear headgear to reduce the 

                           protrusion.  With the Damon System, however, most headgear has been eliminated.


                      Q. What is TMJ?

                      A. TMJ is short for Temporal Mandibular Joint disorder (jaw pain).  The symptoms of

                           TMJ can be as simple as headache pain or as unrelated as shoulder pain ... and

                           sometimes it can be tormenting. TMJ can even masquerade as many other problems.

                           Often TMJ  results when teeth and jaws do not fit together properly.  Orthodontic

                           treatment with braces or splint therapy has proven effective in treating this condition.

                           If you or someone close to you is suffering from this disorder, call us, we're ready to



                        Q. What foods should I avoid while in treatment?

                        A.  (link to our what about eating page)


                        Q. What is best for dental pain?

                        A. Aspirin works best for dental pain, however, Advil and Tylenol are also helpful.


                        Q. Do I still need to see my family Dentist for check-ups while in treatment?

                        A. Yes, you should maintain your recall visits with your family Dentist so that teeth can be

                              cleaned, examined and a fluoride treatment performed. 


                        Q. How long will I have to wear my braces?

                        A. After Dr. Jusino personally examines you, he will explain your treatment plan, and

                            provide information regarding the approximate time involved in your care.  The average 

                            time in braces is usually 18-24 months.


                        Q. What should I do if a part of my braces breaks or becomes loose?

                        A.  (link to Orthodontic First Aid)


                        Q. Can I still play sports while in treatment?

                        A.  Yes, you can still play sports in treatment, but must wear a mouth guard while

                              performing the activity.  Dr. Jusino is happy to mold your mouth guard for you.


                        Q. Can I still play a musical instrument while in treatment?

                        A.  One can still play a musical instrument; it will just take a little time to adjust.


                        Q. How much do braces cost?

                        A. Treatment fees vary, and depend on the length of time and extent of treatment.

                             When considering the cost of orthodontic treatment, keep in mind the benefits

                             of a lifetime of beautiful smiles. 




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