frequently asked questions
Do I need to get a referral from my family dentist or wait for them to recommend that I see the orthodontist?
At what age should my child have their first visit to the orthodontist?
Will my teeth straighten out as I grow?
Is there an age when you can become too old for braces?
How can I schedule my first appointment for my new patient experience?
How long will it take to complete treatment?
Will I need to have teeth extracted for braces?
How often will I need to come in for my appointments?
Can I schedule all of my appointments after school?
How often should I brush my teeth with braces?
Do I still need to see my regular dentist during the time I have braces?
Do braces hurt?
Can I return to school after I get my braces on or have an adjustment appointment?
Can I drop my child off for an orthodontic appointment?
Do you use recycled braces?
What is Phase One (early) Treatment?
Will my child need full braces if he/she has had Phase One treatment?
Can I play sports with braces on?
Can I play a musical instrument with braces?
Do you have invisible braces?
Why are retainers needed after braces?

Do I need to get a referral from my family dentist or wait for them to recommend that I see the orthodontist?
No, not at all. Many of our patients are referred to us by their dentist, but it is okay to come see me without a referral.

At what age should my child have their first visit to the orthodontist?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that your child should have an orthodontic exam at age 7. Many tooth alignment and jaw growth problems can be detected early on by the orthodontist. Some of the permanent teeth will have erupted and if any issues are arising the orthodontist may decide to do some early treatment to alleviate more difficult complications at a later age.

Will my teeth straighten out as I grow?
No, unfortunately they will not. The space in the jaws available for the teeth to come into does not increase as you grow.

Is there an age when you can become too old for braces?
No. Many adults are now receiving orthodontic treatment. Adults want and deserve healthy beautiful smiles too! Some are addressing concerns they have for their teeth and others are doing it so the dentist and orthodontist can work as a team to restore missing teeth or correct functional problems. You’re never “too old” for braces!

How can I schedule my first appointment for my new patient experience?
If you have questions or concerns you would like us to examine for you or your child just give us a call! Or, if it’s more convenient you may send us an e-mail or fill out an appointment request on-line and we’ll contact you. Either way, please be prepared to give us some basic biographical information and any insurance information you have so that we may have information for you about your orthodontic benefits at your first appointment.

How long will it take to complete treatment?
Treatment time varies greatly depending on the age of the patient and complexity of the case. The average treatment time in braces is about 22-24 months. However, the range can be anywhere from 12-36 months.

Will I need to have teeth extracted for braces?
Removing teeth is sometimes required with severe crowding and some types of bite corrections. However, each case is considered on an individual basis and designed to achieve the best results possible.

How often will I need to come in for my appointments?
Appointments in the beginning of the process are closer together, about 2-3 appointments, 2-3 weeks apart. Once the braces are put on the appointments will be every 4-10 weeks, depending on the stage of treatment you are in. Some appliances require more frequent monitoring and will be scheduled to fit the needs of the patient.

Can I schedule all of my appointments after school?
Unfortunately we are not able to schedule all appointments after school. Some appointments require more time and must be scheduled earlier in the day. Also, there are so many patients in need of Dr. Miller’s care that we try to be as fair as possible. Once in braces, the length between appointments will allow for minimal absences from school. We will make an effort to meet your scheduling needs to the best of our ability.

How often should I brush my teeth with braces?
You should brush after each meal and before going to bed. You should also floss once each day before bed. Food and plaque left on the brackets, wires, and teeth can damage your teeth and gums very quickly. Teeth and gum tissues that are not kept clean can incur irreparable damage. We will talk about and show you brushing techniques when we put your braces on. A regular toothbrush will work fine, but recommend certain electric toothbrushes that have special attachments for patients with braces.

Do I still need to see my regular dentist during the time I have braces?
Absolutely! We recommend that you continue to see your dentist for cleanings and check-ups every 3-4 months while in orthodontic treatment.

Do braces hurt?
Most of the time braces do not “hurt”. After some appointments you may experience some soreness for a few days. Even this is typically only experienced with chewing after an adjustment appointment. Over the counter pain medications such as Advil, Ibuprofen, and Tylenol, can help with any soreness. We will also give you some things to take home in your orthodontic goody bag to help as well. Dr. Miller uses as light of forces as possible to minimize discomfort.

Can I return to school after I get my braces on or have an adjustment appointment?
Sure! There is no reason to miss school after an orthodontic appointment.

Can I drop my child off for an orthodontic appointment?
It depends. If it is a longer appointment and you have time to go make the most of your busy schedule it’s no problem. We would appreciate it if you would check with either the front office staff or one of the assistants to let us know of your intentions, check to see if the timing will be okay, and give us the chance to notify you if we will need to talk to you after your child is seen.

Do you use recycled braces?
Absolutely not!! We use new braces and any other components necessary on each and every patient!

What is Phase One (early) Treatment?
Phase One treatment, if needed, is usually initiated between ages 7 and 10. The treatment time is typically between 12-20 months. The goal of phase one treatment is to address significant tooth or growth problems that may prevent them from becoming more severe or alleviate the complexity of the case at a later age. Phase one treatment can also help with self-esteem and self-image improvement.

Will my child need full braces if he/she has had Phase One treatment?
Most likely your child will still need full braces at some point. Sometimes there is a “break” between Phase One treatment and full braces. If there is a “break”, Dr. Miller will continue to monitor growth/development and tooth eruption until further treatment is deemed necessary. Sometimes Phase One treatment will blend into Phase two treatment (full braces). Again, each case is evaluated on an individual basis.

Can I play sports with braces on?
Yes. You will definitely need to wear a mouth guard to protect your teeth and lips. We have many patients that play sports and so we will provide you with the proper mouth guard or athletic mouthpiece as a courtesy, upon request, at no extra charge.

Can I play a musical instrument with braces?
Yes. It may take some extra practice and a few days to get used to, but we have many patients that successfully play instruments with braces on. Special brace covers for protection are also available if necessary.

Do you have invisible braces?
Yes, we have a ceramic brackets available that are barely visible due to the tooth-colored material. Ceramic brackets can be an excellent choice for many adults and some children. In cases that need only very minor tooth movements and very little bite correction, a clear tray system with progressive sets of trays may also be an option. We also have Hidden Braces that are placed on the back sides of your teeth for a complete cosmetic look and are made only for you!

Why are retainers needed after braces?
Retainers are designed to hold the teeth in their corrected positions while the ligaments and bone stabilize at the new position. We recommend retainer wear for 4-6 months full time. Then, decreasing to night time wear for 1-2 years and then continuing for a 2-3 nights a week after that.

816 S. Mustang Rd. • Yukon, OK 73099 • (405) 577-6453