• Trenton Call: (734) 675.1170 | Fax: (734) 675.0688
  • Wyandotte Call: (734) 282.4100 | Fax: (734) 282.5420
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At what age should orthodontic treatment occur?
Orthodontic treatment can be started at any age. Many orthodontic problems are easier to correct at an early age before jaw growth has slowed. Early orthodontic treatment may mean that a patient can avoid extraction of permanent teeth and jaw surgery.

What is Stage 1 and Stage 2 Treatment?
Stage 1, or early interceptive treatment, is limited orthodontic treatment (orthodontic expander or partial braces) before all of the permanent teeth have erupted. Such treatment may occur between the ages of four and eight. This treatment is sometimes recommended to make more space for developing teeth, crossbite correction, overbites, underbites, crooked teeth, or harmful oral habits.
Stage 2 treatment is also called comprehensive treatment, because it involves full braces when all of the permanent teeth have erupted, usually between the ages of 10-13.

How long does orthodontic treatment take?
Treatment times vary on a case-by-case basis, but the average duration is 18-24 months. Actual treatment time can be affected by rate of growth and severity of the correction necessary. Treatment length is also dependent upon patient compliance. Maintaining good oral hygiene and keeping regular appointments are important in keeping treatment time on schedule.

Do dental braces hurt?
The placement of bands and brackets on your teeth does not hurt. Once your braces are placed and connected with the arch wires, you may feel some soreness of your teeth for one to four days. Your lips and checks may need one to two weeks to get used to the braces on your teeth.

Will braces interfere with playing sports?
No. It is recommended, however, that patients protect their smiles by wearing a mouth guard while participating in any sporting activity. Dr. Lupini can provide the appropriate type of mouth guard that will allow treatment to proceed without interference.

Will braces interfere with playing musical instruments?
No. However, there may be an initial period of adjustment. Brace covers can be provided to prevent discomfort.

What should I do if a wire breaks?
Please call the office at 734-675-1170 (Trenton) or 734-282-4100 (Wyandotte) and we can advise you. In most cases, you can wait until your next follow up appointment for repair. If the wire is irritating, gently bend it away from your teeth with a pencil eraser. You can also cover the exposed wire with dental wax (available at our office or at most pharmacies) or wet cotton.

What can't I eat while wearing braces?
You should avoid the following foods during treatment:

  • Gum (only Orbit® brand gum is recommended during treatment)
  • Sticky foods and candies
  • Crunchy foods, such as popcorn and tortilla chips
  • Hard foods, such as bagels and nuts
  • Biting into foods like apples, carrots, corn on the cob

For delicious recipes and a series of cookbooks for people with braces, visit the Discovery Box.

*Removable braces, appliances, retainers, and clear aligners should be removed and stored in a safe place before eating.

Should I see my general dentist while I have braces?
Yes, you should continue to see your general dentist every 3-6 months for cleanings and dental checkups.

Where can I get more information about braces?
Visit the American Association of Orthodontists' website www.mylifemysmile.org for history, myths & facts, treatment options, kids' gallery, recipes and more!

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Of the people whose smiles I admire, I have asked 1 common question. "Who was your Orthodontist!" Overwhelmingly the answer has been Dr Lupini. That is inarguably the Greatest testimony for his work and the results that you also will receive!

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Mon-Fri offers alternating 7:30-4:30, or 12-6pm appointments.
Please call our office to verify daily hours. We can be a little flexible to meet your needs.

 

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John Lupini, DDS, MS, is the director of True Orthodontics, which specializes in early orthodontic treatment, teeth straightening, Invisalign alternatives, and treats children and adults. True Orthodontics serves all of the downriver communities including but not limited to Southeastern Michigan, Wayne County, Monroe County, Macomb County, Oakland County, Downriver, Trenton, Grosse Ile, Woodhaven, Trenton, Riverview, Wyandotte, Melvindale, Ecorse, River Rouge, Detroit, Taylor, Westland, Garden City, Lincoln Park, Allen Park, Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Romulus, Belleville, Huron Township, Van Buren Township, Flat Rock, Rockwood, Gibraltar, Brownstown, Monroe, Frenchtown, Newport, Carleton, Southgate and surrounding communities.