Below are some questions we hear from patients quite often. If you have additional questions, please contact us and we would be happy to answer them for you.
Why Choose A Specialist?
An orthodontist is a dentist who also completed 2-3 years of specialized education in a full time residency program beyond dental school. That’s 10 years of college! Dr. Pulfer is a specialist at straightening teeth and insuring proper form and function. Braces are what we do – all day, every day.
The national average treatment time is two years, but it all depends on your unique situation. Dr. Pulfer will let you know how long it will take during our signature one-visit consultation.
How long will I have braces?
When should my child first visit?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children be evaluated by an orthodontist by age 7. Usually early treatment is not needed, but if recommended, it’s very critical. Because of this, we offer our signature one-visit consult at no charge as a service to our community.
We tighten braces at each visit when we change your colored bands. This keeps your teeth moving properly.
How do you tighten braces?
How often do I need to come in?
Most of our appointments are conveniently spaced 6+ weeks apart to minimize the amount of school and work you have to miss.
We will do our best to get you in asap. Please call us at (406) 551-9535. For after hour emergencies there are instructions in our voicemail on how to contact us.
What if I have an emergency?
Will braces hurt?
Putting the braces on does not hurt at all. However, for the next few days your teeth will be tender and sore as the teeth begin to move. We recommend a soft diet as well as chewing sugar free gum to help reduce soreness.
Yes! Retainers are extremely important. Their job is to hold your teeth straight. If you don’t wear your retainers, your teeth may quickly get crooked again. Learn more about retainers here.
Do I have to wear my retainer?
What foods can’t I eat?
Stay away from sticky / chewy / hard foods. Chewing hard candy and ice are off limits. Sugar free gum is ok – and actually recommended by Dr. Pulfer.
Yes, but it will take a few weeks to get use to it. Dr. Pulfer played the trumpet with braces! We also offer a customized mouthguard for you to wear during sports.
Can I play instruments & sports still?
Can I chew gum with braces?
Yes! We encourage our patients to chew sugar free gum because of it’s two advantages: less soreness and the increased saliva it generates helps to fight cavities! Our braces are stronger than your gum.