Orthodontic FAQs

With over 20 years of experience, Dr. Donald Norton of Norton Orthodontics is a trusted name in orthodontic care. Serving Cape Coral, Bonita Springs, and Port Charlotte, Florida, our practice is committed to answering your most pressing questions about braces and orthodontic treatment. Today, we’re exploring frequently asked questions about orthodontics.

How Much Do Braces Cost?

One of the first questions many people have when considering orthodontic treatment is cost. With over two decades of experience, Dr. Donald Norton understands that budget is crucial for families. The precise cost of braces can vary depending on several elements, including the case’s complexity, the type of braces chosen, and the duration of treatment.

It’s essential to note that many insurance plans offer partial coverage for orthodontic care, which can ease the financial burden. Additionally, Norton Orthodontics provides flexible payment plans to make the process more manageable. A detailed estimate will be provided during your initial consultation, outlining all potential costs. This transparent approach allows you to plan your budget effectively.

How Long Will Treatment Take?

As a 20-year veteran in the field, Dr. Norton knows each patient’s needs are unique. The duration of your treatment will depend on a few variables, such as the complexity of your orthodontic problems and the kind of treatment you choose. You should prepare for your treatment to last between 18 and 24 months. However, some cases may require a shorter or longer period.

During your initial consultation, Dr. Norton will conduct a thorough examination and discuss your specific needs. He will then provide a personalized treatment plan, including an estimated timeline. This individualized approach ensures you receive the most effective treatment within a reasonable time frame.

It’s important to remember that adhering to Dr. Norton’s guidance, including regular check-up appointments, can significantly impact the duration of your treatment. His experience has equipped him with the skills to optimize treatment time without compromising results.

Do Braces Hurt?

A common concern for many considering orthodontic treatment is whether or not braces hurt. Dr. Norton is well-equipped to address this question. The truth is, while you may experience some discomfort initially, it is generally short-lived. The sensation is often described as pressure on the teeth, which usually subsides within a few days.

During the initial placement of braces, and sometimes after adjustments, you may feel some tenderness. However, this is a normal part of the process and a sign that your teeth are moving into their desired positions. Over-the-counter pain relievers and a soft-food diet can help manage this temporary discomfort.

Dr. Norton takes excellent care to ensure that the application and adjustments of your braces are as comfortable as possible. His extensive expertise allows him to employ techniques that minimize discomfort while maximizing effectiveness. It’s also worth noting that orthodontic technology has advanced significantly over the years, making the experience more comfortable.

Can Adults Get Braces Too?

Orthodontics is just for kids, right? This is a myth that Dr. Norton and the rest of our Norton Orthodontics team have dispelled for over two decades. Adults make up a growing percentage of patients seeking orthodontic care. Whether you missed the opportunity for braces as a child or have experienced changes in your dental alignment over the years, it’s never too late to improve your smile.

Norton Orthodontics offers a range of treatment options tailored to adult lifestyles. One popular choice is clear aligners, a simple and convenient way to straighten teeth. These aligners are virtually invisible. Plus, you can take them out for eating and cleaning.

Dr. Norton will assess your needs during your initial consultation and recommend the most effective treatment plan. His 20+ years of experience ensure you receive expert advice and care customized to your circumstances.

It’s important to note that orthodontic treatment for adults isn’t just about aesthetics. Aligned teeth are easier to keep clean. Alignment reduces the risk of gum disease and tooth decay. Moreover, a well-aligned bite can alleviate jaw pain and difficulty chewing.

Can I Play Sports with Braces?

A common question our team encounters, especially from active individuals and parents of young athletes, is whether one can play sports while wearing braces. An active lifestyle is entirely compatible with orthodontic treatment. Since we’ve had patients in our chairs for over 20 years, we’ve seen many athletes undergo successful treatment. And still make it to practice.

Using a protective mouthguard is the key to safely participating in sports while wearing braces. A well-fitted mouthguard is essential for anyone engaging in strenuous sports or activities with a risk of facial injury. Not only does it protect your teeth, but it also provides a safeguard for your braces and soft tissues.

Dr. Norton strongly recommends wearing a mouthguard during all sporting activities, even practices. His years of orthodontic practice have shown that this simple precaution significantly reduces the risk of oral injuries and potential damage to the braces, ensuring that your treatment stays on track.

It’s worth noting that a damaged bracket or wire can lead to delays in treatment. Therefore, taking preventive measures like wearing a mouthguard is a small but crucial step in your orthodontic journey.

Get Your FAQs Answered At Norton Orthodontics

We hope this blog has addressed some of your critical questions about orthodontic care. With locations in Cape Coral, Bonita Springs, and Port Charlotte, Dr. Norton’s two decades of expertise make Norton Orthodontics the go-to place for all your orthodontic needs. If you have more questions or are ready to take the next step, visit us here to schedule a free consultation today.