Frequently Asked Questions


What qualifies as an orthodontic emergency?

Orthodontic emergencies can include severe pain, injuries to the mouth or face, loose or broken braces or wires, and sudden changes in bite or tooth alignment. If you are experiencing any of these issues, it's important to seek immediate attention – contact our office immediately.

What should I do if a wire or bracket becomes loose or breaks?

If a wire or bracket becomes loose or breaks, use orthodontic wax to alleviate discomfort temporarily. Contact our office as soon as possible to schedule an appointment for repairs.

What can I do to relieve pain or discomfort from braces?

If you're experiencing pain or discomfort from braces, rinse your mouth with warm saltwater, take over-the-counter pain medication as directed, or use orthodontic wax to provide temporary relief. However, it's essential to contact our office for an evaluation if the pain persists.

What should I do if I have a dental injury while wearing braces?

If you sustain a dental injury while wearing braces, such as a knocked-out tooth or severe laceration, seek immediate dental or medical attention. Contact our office afterward so that we can assess your orthodontic treatment and make any necessary adjustments.


How should I clean my Invisalign aligners?

To keep your Invisalign aligners clean, gently brush them with a soft toothbrush and lukewarm water. Avoid using toothpaste, as it may scratch the aligners. You can also use the Invisalign Cleaning Crystals or a denture cleaner to soak the aligners for a deeper clean.

Can I drink with my Invisalign aligners on?

Remove your Invisalign aligners before drinking anything other than water. Consuming beverages like coffee, tea, or colored liquids while wearing aligners can stain them. Remember to remove your aligners before eating or drinking anything other than water to prevent damage or discoloration.

Can I chew gum or eat while wearing Invisalign aligners?

It is recommended to remove your Invisalign aligners before eating to prevent damage to the aligners. Chewing gum while wearing aligners should also be avoided, as it can stick to the aligners and affect their effectiveness. Remember to remove your aligners and store them in their case during meals and snacks.

What should I do if I lose or damage an Invisalign aligner?

If you lose or damage an Invisalign aligner, it is important to contact our office as soon as possible. Depending on the stage of your treatment, we may advise you to move to the next set of aligners or provide specific instructions on how to proceed. Avoid skipping or extending the wear of a set of aligners without professional guidance.


How should I clean my braces and maintain good oral hygiene?

To clean your braces and maintain good oral hygiene, brushing your teeth thoroughly after each meal and before bedtime is important. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste, paying special attention to the areas around the brackets and wires. Additionally, flossing with the help of floss threaders or interdental brushes can remove plaque and food particles from hard-to-reach areas. Regular dental check-ups and professional cleanings are also essential.

Can I still eat my favorite foods with braces?

While wearing braces, it's important to avoid hard, sticky, or chewy foods that can damage or dislodge the brackets and wires. Opt for softer options and cut harder foods into smaller, bite-sized pieces. Limiting sugary foods and drinks to maintain good oral health is also important.

Can I still get my teeth cleaned by a dentist while wearing braces?

Yes, it's essential to continue regular dental cleanings and check-ups while wearing braces. Your orthodontist will work in collaboration with your dentist to ensure your teeth and gums stay healthy throughout the orthodontic treatment. Dental professionals will make any necessary adjustments to accommodate the braces during cleanings.

Can I still play sports or musical instruments with braces?

Yes, you can still participate in sports and play musical instruments while wearing braces. However, wearing a protective mouthguard during contact sports is important to prevent any injuries. For playing musical instruments, you may need a short adjustment period to get accustomed to the braces, but with time, you should be able to play normally.


How should I clean and care for my retainer?

To clean and care for your retainer, it's important to rinse it with lukewarm water before and after wearing it. Brush it gently with a soft toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste or mild soap to remove any plaque or debris. Avoid using hot water, as it can damage the retainer. Additionally, store the retainer in its case when not in use to protect it from damage or loss.

How often should I wear my retainer?

The recommended wear schedule for retainers varies depending on Dr. Owais' instructions. Initially, you may need to wear your retainer full-time, including during sleep. Over time, the wear schedule may transition to wearing the retainer only at night. It's crucial to follow Dr.Owais' guidance to maintain the results of your orthodontic treatment.

How should I store my retainer when not in use?

When not in use, it is important to store your retainer in its designated case. This helps protect it from damage and keeps it safe from exposure to bacteria or accidental loss. Avoid wrapping your retainer in tissues or napkins, as it increases the risk of misplacing or accidentally throwing it away.

What should I do if my retainer becomes damaged or lost?

If your retainer becomes damaged or lost, it is important to contact our office as soon as possible. We will advise you on the best course of action, which may involve getting a replacement retainer or adjusting to prevent orthodontic relapse. Avoid delaying communication to ensure the timely resolution of any retainer-related issues.