WEARING BRACES

Locations

7724 Old Canton Road
Madison, MS 39110

120 Monterey Road, Suite B
Richland, MS 39218

(601) 853-1307

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Business Hours

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Treatment
Early Treatment
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children see an orthodontist no later than age seven. At this time the six year molars have erupted and the front teeth are erupting. Sometimes certain problems can be detected and treated early; however, Dr. Montgomery may use this clinical exam as an indicator of growth and development.

Adult Treatment
A growing number of patients undergoing orthodontic treatment are adults. Age should not limit your ability to have a beautiful smile. In addition, orthodontic treatment can be used to aid in the completion of restorative dental work. At SmartSmile we will tailor your treatment to fit you orthodontic needs.

Types of Braces
The types of braces offered at SmartSmile are the traditional metal brackets as well as ceramic brackets. For some patients Invisalign® (clear aligners) are an option to straighten the teeth instead of braces.

Retention
After your braces are removed your orthodontic treatment is not complete. You’ll be given a set of retainers to wear to allow your teeth to adjust to their new position. SmartSmile Orthodontics offers the traditional acrylic and wire retainers (Hawley) and clear retainers. Instructions for proper wear and retainer care will be given when you receive your retainers. 

invisalign®
Looking for an alternative to metal braces? Invisalign is the clear and simple choice. No wires. No brackets. Just clear, convenient comfort—every reason to smile.

With invisalign®, Dr. Montgomery can straighten your teeth using a series of clear, custom, removable aligners. Each aligner moves your teeth just a little bit at a time until you eventually get straight teeth.


Frequently Asked Questions
Will it hurt?
The procedure doesn't hurt, but you may have soreness a few hours later and for several days. Soft foods will make eating more comfortable. Take what you would normally take for a headache an hour before dinner and again when you wake up in the morning. Continue this is as needed.

What do I do if my braces are rubbing the inside of my cheeks?
Dry the area with a napkin or a tissue and apply wax. Over-the-counter ointments are available to help with these areas (e.g. Orabase). During the first few weeks, your cheeks will get used to your brackets.

What is the most important part of my treatment?
Keeping your teeth clean and continuing to see your dentist every six months for a basic cleaning.

What happens if something is broken or loose?
Please notify us as soon as possible if an appliance is broken or if a wire is poking you.

What foods do I need to avoid?
Avoid eating anything sticky or chewy (e.g. taffy, caramel, Airheads, Skittles, etc.), crunchy or hard (hard candies, hard pretzels, ice, etc.), biting into anything with a hard center (e.g. ribs or chicken legs), biting off parts of food (e.g. cut up apples and corn on the cob), and sucking on lemons.

Can I chew gum?
No.

Can I drink sodas?
You may drink sodas, but make sure you brush immediately afterward or at least rinse with water.
How often will I need to come in?
We will see you approximately every 4 to 6 weeks for an adjustment.

How do I determine what treatment I need?
Call our office at 601.853.1307 to schedule a consultation. This free one-hour appointment will consist of taking two digital x-rays and photos of different angles of your face and teeth. Dr. Montgomery will review your records and come up with a treatment plan and discuss it with you. Payment options will be discussed at the end of your appointment.

What will treatment cost?
Every case is different and everyone has a different treatment plan. The cost is dependent on the treatment plan that is right for you. At your consultation you will be presented with treatment plan options and the corresponding cost.

How long will I need orthodontic treatment?
The average length of treatment is 18 to 24 months. Every case is different and treatment time varies with each treatment plan.

What type of orthodontic procedures do you provide?
We provide clear braces, metal braces, Invisalign®, retainers, night guards, and bite correction appliances, to name a few.

Can I still play football or other sports?
You may continue playing sports while wearing braces, although we recommend wearing a mouth guard to protect your teeth, your braces and your mouth.

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