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Orthodontics FAQ

At Marlo A. Miller, DDS, MS Orthodontics, there are questions we hear every single day. If you have a question, see if we’ve answered it here. If not, contact our West OKC, OK, office!


Q: Do I need a referral from my dentist to see Dr. Miller for braces?

A: No. You may get a referral from your dentist, but it is not necessary.

Q: When should I bring my child in for an initial consult with an orthodontist?

A: The American Association of Orthodontists recommends having an examination by an orthodontist at age 7.

Q: Won’t teeth just straighten out as I grow?

A: No. Unfortunately, braces are needed to correct bite and alignment problems.

Q: Can adults get braces?

A: Yes. Adults can have braces to address many issues. We love our kid and adult patients!

Q: How long will I have to wear braces?

A: Every case is different. Depending on your needs, the average treatment time is 12-36 months.

Q: Do I have to to get teeth pulled for braces?

A: Each case is considered individually. Some patients need teeth pulled to achieve optimal results, and some do not.

Q: How often should I brush my teeth with braces?

A: It is best to brush after every meal, and brush and floss before bed. We will discuss the best ways to keep your teeth clean with braces during your visits.

Q: Do I still need to see my regular dentist?

A: Yes, you do. Your dentist will monitor the health of your teeth and gums. It’s very important to continue to see them during orthodontic care.

Q: Can I drop my kid off for their appointment?

A: Check with us to see if you’ll have time to leave during the visit.

Q: Can I play sports with braces on?

A: With an appropriate mouth guard, you can play sports. Ask us, and we’ll provide the mouth guard or athletic mouthpiece at no extra charge.

Q: Will I have to wear retainers?

A: A retainer holds your teeth in the corrected positions while the ligaments and bone stabilize. Yes, you will have to wear them!

Q: Can I play a musical instrument with braces?

A: It may take some time to get used to it, but you can definitely play instruments with braces on.

Q: Can my appointments all be scheduled for after school?

A: We have a lot of patients, and appointments require different amounts of time. We are unable to schedule everyone after school hours, but we will try to be as fair as possible.

Q: Can I return to school after an orthodontic appointment?

A: Absolutely!
“Wouldn’t recommend anyone else! Dr. Miller and staff are amazing. My daughter and I both received treatment here. I avoided a major surgery (complicated bite) and couldn’t be happier with my results. 4 1/2 years in braces for me and never had one complaint. You can expect the same faces each time you come in and each one of them sweet and happy to see you. Their FB is pretty fun to follow too. It was worth the wait!”

Kendra A.

orthodontist, dental specialists, Yukon OK

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Marlo A. Miller, DDS, MS Orthodontics, 816 S Mustang Rd, Yukon, OK 73099

Monday - Thursday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Emergency Appointments Only
Saturday - Sunday: Closed