Welcoming Patients in Lewistown and Bellefonte, PA
The team at R. Paul Campbell, D.M.D looks forward to getting to know you! At your first free consultation, we will help you become acquainted with our practice while learning more about you which will allow us to determine if and what kind of treatment would be best based on your needs.
In addition to providing you with beautifully straight and aligned teeth, we promise to always have open communication. Our team is united in the promise to speak candidly about diagnosis, recommendations, symptoms and any further diagnosis. During your first visit, we will address the following questions that cover the basics of orthodontic treatment. We encourage you to ask questions as well.
- Is there a condition that orthodontics can address?
- Is treatment needed now or should treatment be delayed until appropriate growth, tooth eruption or other factors have occurred?
- What treatment procedures will be used to correct the problem?
- Do any permanent teeth need to be removed?
- How long will treatment take?
- How much will it cost?
- What are my payment options?
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Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Why should an orthodontic specialist complete my treatment?
Q. At what age should I schedule an appointment for an orthodontic screening?
A. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic screening at age 7. For most children, some of their permanent teeth have erupted at this age which allows the orthodontist to evaluate the patient’s condition.
Q. Is it too late to have braces if I’m already an adult?
Q. How long will it take to complete treatment?
A. Treatment time depends on each patient’s specific orthodontic plan. Treatment generally ranges from 12 to 30 months while the “average” timespan a patient wears braces is approximately 22 months.
Q. Does wearing braces hurt?
A. Generally braces do not “hurt.” After certain appointments your teeth can feel sore for a few days. To alleviate any discomfort, over-the-counter pain medications like Advil or Tylenol will work just fine.
Q. Do I need to see my general dentist while wearing braces?
Q. How often should I brush my teeth while I have braces?
Q. Are there any foods I cannot eat while I have braces?
A. Yes. Once treatment begins, we will provide a complete list of instructions and a list of foods to avoid. Some of those foods include ice, hard candy and all sticky foods (i.e., gum, caramel and taffy). Following our instructions can prevent any future repair appointments!
Throughout your treatment, it’s important to remember to maintain good oral hygiene. Braces, wires, bands, appliances
- Brushing and Flossing
- Rinsing with Antiseptic Mouthwash
- Using an Interdental Toothbrush
- Topical Fluoride
- Clean Your Removable Appliance