Below you will find 3 sections of questions that are often asked by parents, kids, and adults when seeking braces for themselves or a loved one. If you do not see your question, feel free to call the office at 512.343.0062 or fill out our contact form, and a team member will be glad to answer your questions.
Will my child be made fun of with braces?
Typically, no. Most kids see braces as a ‘rite of passage’ into teen-dom. The time that is right for each kid/teen to get braces varies from case to case, but your child is likely to have many friends with braces from the time they are 12 all the way through graduation.
Do you offer a payment plan for braces?
We do! We have many flexible and affordable payment options for braces and are glad to file your insurance claims on your behalf in the case that we don’t accept your type of insurance.
Will my child have to give up playing wind instruments or playing certain sports with braces?
No! Our musical patients often find the adjustment to playing with braces to be nearly effortless, and our active patients simply need to wear a braces-ready mouth guard when participating in any sport or physical activity.
Will getting braces hurt?
For the most part, braces will be virtually painless. You may experience some discomfort in adjusting to having them on and some tenderness after appointments for a few days. When getting braces on, you may feel some pressure. Other than that, you can expect a nearly pain-free treatment!
Do I have to get braces?
If the orthodontist in Austin or Round Rock, TX, has recommended it, then yes. Braces aren’t simply designed to straighten your teeth. Their main purpose is to align your bite and make your teeth easier to brush and floss. Ultimately, braces are designed to improve your overall dental health and prevent gum disease. Your new smile is a bonus!
Will I have to give up some of my favorite foods with braces?
If you like caramels, crusty breads, or crunchy cereal, then you may have to give up some of your favorite foods with braces. Sticky, crunchy, chewy, and hard foods (and candies) are bad for braces. These types of foods can pop brackets off your teeth in one bite! Don’t worry, the brackets won’t go anywhere, since they are held in place by a rubber band or locking door. However, if the brackets aren’t attached to your teeth, they can’t work! Be sure to avoid the types of foods listed here if you want to reduce the amount of time you wear braces!
Can I still play sports/instruments with braces?
Yes! If you play a wind or brass instrument, you will quickly adjust to your new braces. If you play sports, you will want to wear a braces-ready mouth guard to protect your mouth and braces!
Am I too old for braces?
Definitely not! Braces were designed to give you better dental health and prevent gum disease. Are you ever too old for better health? Absolutely not!
Do you offer discreet options for braces?
We have a few options for braces that will straighten your teeth faster, more discreetly, or even virtually invisibly! Dr. Barnett and the team at Barnett Orthodontics of Austin & Round Rock, TX, are glad to help you find a treatment option that best fits your lifestyle and particular case.
I’m very busy. Do I have to make time for a visit every month?
While some of our braces require a monthly visit, we also offer braces that only require a visit once every 6-8 weeks! Additionally, our team is glad to work with your schedule.
I had braces as a teen and forgot to wear my retainer. My smile just needs a touch up. Do I need a full set of braces for that?
At Barnett Orthodontics, we offer braces for minor cases, typically cases where teeth have slightly shifted after orthodontic treatment or where orthodontic treatment was never completed. You can take advantage of the completely complimentary Barnett Smile Analysis to see how we can help you.
Dr. Barnett and Barnett Orthodontics of Austin and Round Rock, Texas (TX), can help your loved one or you achieve your best smile ever. However, we want you to feel confident that your choice of an orthodontist in Austin, Texas, or Round Rock, Texas, is the right one.
Follow the steps below to start your journey towards your future smile today!