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Common questions

Common questions about orthodontics

If you're about to have orthodontic treatment for the first time, you will no doubt have a few questions to ask. Don't be shy. Our friendly team at Cater Galante Orthodontics are more than happy to answer any questions you may have. In fact, they've put together some answers to some of the most frequently asked questions they get from our patients.

Invisalign® FAQs

Invisalign® is a method of orthodontic treatment, which uses clear plastic aligners to move teeth into position. These aligners look like thin sports mouth guards and can be taken out when playing sports or musical instruments, or if you have an important occasion.

The average number of aligners you will be issued with over the course of treatment is between 18 and 30.

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Invisalign costs the same or sometimes even less than traditional braces.

Pricing & Fees

Our initial consultation is offered at no charge and is necessary to determine your treatment plan. Two complimentary X-rays and photos are taken so that, if possible, a complete diagnosis can be given that day. If treatment is indicated, an appointment for the Invisalign impressions can be scheduled as soon as possible.

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After the impressions are taken, they are sent to Invisalign® where a 3D computer image is created. Together, Drs. Cater and Galante and Invisalign® determine how your finished result will be accomplished. Once the treatment plan is finalized, the aligners are fabricated and shipped. The normal time frame is 5-7 weeks.

Each aligner tray set is worn for approximately two weeks. Drs. Cater and Galante disperse four sets at one time, so generally appointments are every eight weeks.

Braces FAQs

Orthodontics is a specialist branch of dentistry which focuses on the alignment of your teeth and jaws in relation to your overall facial profile. Orthodontists are trained dentists who have spent further years of graduate study in the field of orthodontics.

The difference between an orthodontist and dentist

No. While many of our patients are referred to us by their family dentist, you can book an appointment directly with us, either online or give us a call on 916 546 1000.

The time treatment takes depends on your specific orthodontic problem. In general, treatment times range from 12 to 30 months. The “average” length of time a person wears braces for is approximately 22 months.

It is impossible to give an exact cost for treatment until we have examined you because every patient has different orthodontic needs. When you come in for your initial assessment, we will prepare a treatment plan for you with a quote for the exact cost of treatment, as well as information on our finance options. We will also review your insurance policy and help to maximize your benefit and file your claims.

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Generally, braces do not “hurt.” After certain visits, your teeth may be sore for a few days but if this happens, over-the-counter pain relievers such as Advil or Tylenol will ease the discomfort. Shots are not necessary in orthodontic treatment. After most visits, patients do not feel any soreness at all. We often remind our patients: “It does not have to hurt to work!”

During treatment, appointments with our orthodontists are scheduled according to your needs. Most patients in braces will be seen every 5 to 10 weeks. If there are specific situations that require more frequent monitoring, we will schedule appointments accordingly.

You may be surprised to know we treat a lot of adults for orthodontic treatment. In fact, 25 percent of all orthodontic patients are adults. Health, happiness and self-esteem are vitally important to adults. At Cater Galante Orthodontics, we believe no patient is “too old” to wear braces!

Adult orthodontics

Yes. A tooth with a crown will move just like a tooth with a simple filling. When teeth are missing, orthodontic treatment will help to align your remaining teeth.

Removing teeth is sometimes required to achieve the best orthodontic result. Straight teeth and a balanced facial profile are the goal of orthodontics. However, because new technology has provided advanced orthodontic procedures, we don't always need to remove teeth. In fact, we try not to!

The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends children have an orthodontic treatment by the age of seven. At this age, several permanent teeth have erupted, which allows us to effectively evaluate your orthodontic condition and plan for any treatment that may be required at a later date. Sometimes, orthodontic problems may be significant enough to require early intervention, even while your child still has baby teeth. Drop us a line today or book a free consultation via our website.

Childhood orthodontics

Yes! Regular checkups with your family dentist are important. Your family dentist will determine the intervals between cleaning appointments while you are wearing braces.

Yes. Once you have been fitted with braces or clear aligners, we will give you 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 emergency appointments to repair broken or damaged braces by carefully following our instructions.

You will need to brush your teeth at least four times each day – once after each meal and before going to bed. We will show you how to floss your teeth while wearing braces and may also provide a prescription for special fluoride toothpaste, if necessary.

Yes, orthodontic treatment really doesn't interfere with your lifestyle at all. You can play sports, but wear a mouth guard whatever sport you're playing. You can also play musical instruments. If you're wearing Invisalign® aligners, you can simply take them out.

If your braces are causing extreme pain or if something breaks, call our office as soon as possible. In most cases, we can address these issues over the telephone. If you require an emergency appointment, we will set aside time for you.

Absolutely not! Every patient is provided with their own braces, not only to achieve the best orthodontic result possible but also for hygiene reasons.

Still have a question? Give us a call. The team at Cater Galante Orthodontics in Rocklin and Grass Valley will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

During treatment, appointments with our orthodontists are scheduled according to your needs. Most patients in braces will be seen every 5 to 10 weeks. If there are specific situations that require more frequent monitoring, we will schedule appointments accordingly.