Our Falmouth office is now located at 362 Gifford St., Unit B

Frequently Asked Questions

If you experience any issues with your braces, please call our office. Often the problem can be solved after a brief phone conversation. If this is not possible, we will ask you to come to the office to remedy the situation.

During weekends or when we are away from the office, please leave a detailed message.

Some common problems include:

  • A wire sticking in the cheek. At home you can put some wax (dispensed in your kit or purchased at CVS pharmacy) over the offending wire until you can come to our office to have it trimmed or adjusted.
  • A broken bracket or loose brace. Call the office as soon as possible to schedule a repair visit so treatment is not interrupted or delayed.

Although there is some pain associated with having braces, recent technologies have made the process very gentle, and many of our patients are pleasantly surprised by the level of comfort they experience with their braces.

Braces are placed on the teeth using a bonding process that is painless. Therefore, braces do not hurt when they are placed.

Your teeth will, however, feel “achy” and sore for 1-3 days after appointments at which adjustments are made to your braces. Don’t worry, this is normal! Adjustments usually take place every 6-8 weeks.

First, we talk! This is a chance for Dr. Sophie to listen to your questions and concerns, as well as to provide an orthodontic examination. Dr. Sophie will be able to indicate whether or not treatment is needed and, if needed, when treatment should begin.

Not only will we work to address your orthodontic concerns, but also your financial ones. Our knowledgeable staff will spend time with you to discuss fees, affordable payment options, insurance benefits, or any other questions or concerns you may have.

The best time to see us is simple: As soon as a problem is discovered!

Most often, your general dentist will make the recommendation to be seen by an orthodontist. If you are a parent who is unsure whether a problem exists, the ideal age for an initial evaluation is seven or eight.  Occasionally, a problem needs to be addressed and minor treatment performed at an early age to ensure proper growth, development, and function. Better to address any concerns early on to prevent a larger problem later! Children on follow-up status are monitored annually at no charge.