Sweetwater, TX 325-235-2600
Abilene, TX 325-695-0170
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At the office of Charles M. Taylor, III, D.D.S., we’re committed to answering your questions and optimizing your results every step of the way. Whether you have adult braces or need a family orthodontist for your children, you’ll always receive the best orthodontic treatment under our roof.

Below we’ve provided common questions new patients ask at the beginning of treatment. If you’re located in Abilene or Sweetwater, TX, schedule a consultation with us today!

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Call our office in Abilene, TX or Sweetwater, TX 325-235-2600!

Common Questions About Braces & Orthodontic Treatment

Why should an orthodontic specialist complete my treatment?

Teeth, and sometimes entire facial structures, are permanently changed by orthodontic treatment. It’s essential that treatment is always appropriate and properly completed. Orthodontic specialists have extensive and specialized training that enables them to provide their patients with professional, personalized treatments.

At what age should I schedule an appointment for an orthodontic screening?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic screening at age seven. For most children, several permanent teeth have erupted by this age, allowing the orthodontist to effectively evaluate the patient’s orthodontic condition.

Will my teeth straighten out as I grow and get older?

No, they will not. The space available for the front teeth does not increase as you grow. In most people, after the permanent molars erupt, the space available for the front teeth decreases with age.

Is it too late to have braces if I’m already an adult?

No patient is “too old” to wear braces. A surprising percentage of our patients are adults. Health and happiness are vitally important to adults, and orthodontic treatment can increase your self-esteem at any age!

How long will it take to complete treatment?

Overall treatment time depends on each patient’s specific orthodontic problem(s). In general, treatment times range from 12 to 30 months. The “average” timespan a patient wears braces is approximately 22 months.

How often will I have an appointment?

Appointments are scheduled according to each patient’s needs. Most patients will be seen every five to 10 weeks. If there are specific situations that require more frequent monitoring, we will schedule appointments accordingly.

Can I drop my child off for an appointment?

Yes. We understand your schedule is busy, and we are happy to help you make the most of your time. On some occasions, we may request to speak with a parent when they return, so we ask that parents check-in with their patient manager before dropping off their child.

Does wearing braces hurt?

Generally, braces do not “hurt.” After certain appointments, your teeth may be sore for a few days. In these situations, over-the-counter pain medications, such as Advil or Tylenol, will ease the discomfort. However, after most visits, patients do not feel any soreness at all! We often remind our patients: “It does not have to hurt to work!”

Can I still play sports or play my instrument while wearing braces?

Yes! We recommend that patients wear mouthguards while playing sports. Musicians will likely experience an adjustment period until they are comfortable playing while wearing braces.

Do I need to see my general dentist while wearing braces?

Yes! Regular check-ups with your general dentist are important while in braces. Your dentist will determine the intervals between each cleaning appointment while you have your braces.

How often should I brush my teeth while I have braces?

Patients should brush their teeth at least four times each day – after each meal and before going to bed. We will also show you how to floss your teeth with braces, and we may provide a prescription for a special fluoride treatment, if necessary.

Are there any foods I cannot eat while I have braces?

Yes. Once treatment begins, we will explain our complete instructions and provide you with a comprehensive list of foods to avoid. Some of those foods include ice, hard candy, raw vegetables, and all sticky foods (i.e. caramel and taffy). You can avoid most repair appointments by carefully following our instructions.

Send us a message if you have any additional questions!

Charles M. Taylor, III, D.D.S.
Abilene Location
5200 Buffalo Gap Road, Building C
Abilene, TX 79606

Business Hours:
Monday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Closed Saturday & Sunday

Phone: 325-695-0170
Fax: 325-695-2908
Email: office@cmtortho.com

Charles M. Taylor, III, D.D.S.
Sweetwater Location
200 E Broadway Ave
Sweetwater, TX 79556

Business Hours:
Wednesday: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Phone: 325-235-2600
Fax: 325-235-9410
Email: office@cmtortho.com

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