The first step to a healthy, beautiful smile and a properly aligned bite is an initial consultation. This is a no-pressure opportunity for you to meet with a member of our team, have diagnostic records (photos and x-rays) taken, and begin to discover what your orthodontic and dental needs are.

This consultation is also an opportunity for you to experience our office, see our doctors in action and ask any questions you may have.

Patient Information

No Pressure. Only Answers. We start by asking you about your concerns and listening so that we can understand your goals. Then, using your diagnostic records, we will explain available options and cover all aspects of your treatment in detail. Kharsa Ortho-Dent uses a sophisticated diagnostic approach which gives our patients confidence that they will have a beautiful and healthy smile at the end of their treatment. A detailed contract will be provided to every patient before beginning treatment. Our goal throughout this process is to help you make the best decision for yourself and your family.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions


What are my responsibilities as a patient?

Your primary responsibility while in orthodontic treatment is to take extra care in keeping your teeth and braces clean so that you don’t develop decalcification (white marks) on your teeth when the braces are removed. Additionally, we ask that you:

  • Show up to your appointments on time and calling 24 hours prior if you need to cancel
  • Treat your appliances with care
  • Wear elastics and removable appliances as instructed

Does orthodontic treatment cause gingivitis or caries?

No, orthodontic treatment does not cause gingivitis or caries. Poor oral hygiene and plaque accumulation are the main reason for the development of caries. This is why it is very important to keep your teeth and braces clean during your treatment.

Can I wear braces even though I have crowns and missing teeth?

Yes, you can. We can tell you more about your specific needs when you have your initial consultation, but prior dental work does not make you ineligible.

Is it too late to have braces if I am already an adult?

You’re never too old to get a healthy, beautiful smile with braces or clear aligners. In fact, over 25% of our patients are adults.

Does whitening damage teeth?

Whitening, or bleaching, of the teeth can cause damage if done too often. We offer two forms of whitening at Kharsa Ortho-Dent and will work with you to make sure you get the maximum benefit without causing damage to your teeth.

Will my child need full braces if he/she has Phase One treatment?

Some children never need a second phase of treatment, but many do. We can tell you more when you bring your child for an evaluation.

What is Phase One (early) Treatment?

Phase 1 treatment, also known as early or interceptive treatment is not recommended for the majority of children we evaluate, but when it is, this early phase of treatment is primarily used to address skeletal issues. For example, we use Phase 1 treatment to create space for permanent teeth to come in and to reposition the upper and lower jaw for optimum function and aesthetics.

Can orthodontic correction occur while a child has baby teeth?

We cannot move teeth that have not yet erupted. That’s why most orthodontic treatment occurs after the age of 12, when the second set of molars appear. However, baby teeth can be moved orthodontically in order to create the proper space for the adult teeth.

Do I need to see my family dentist while in braces?

We recommend that you see your family dentist at least twice a year during orthodontic treatment. If you don’t have a family dentist, we can provide the necessary cleanings right in our office during your treatment.

Do you use recycled braces?

No. We never reuse brackets or wires.

Do braces hurt?

The technologies used to straighten teeth and create a healthy, beautiful smile have changed a lot in the past decade. Today, having braces is much more comfortable than it used to be and that is especially true when you get your braces at Kharsa Ortho-Dent. Our doctors have a patient-focused approach and use technologically advanced options that make having braces easier than ever.

The first few days after each appointment some patients experience a little tenderness of the teeth and mouth. Their teeth might even feel a little loose but that’s actually a good thing. After all – they’re on the move. You may want to take some form of pain reliever (what you would normally take for a headache) during this time, but even having a cold drink or enjoying a little ice cream can also provide instant relief.

How long will it take to complete treatment?

Treatment time is different for every patient because everyone’s treatment is personalized. When you have your initial evaluation, we will be able to give you a very good idea of how long your treatment will take.

Life with Braces

How often should I brush my teeth while in braces?

Keeping your teeth clean is always important – and even more so while wearing braces. We recommend that you brush well every morning, before you go to bed and after every meal and snack.

Are there foods I cannot eat while I have braces?

You’ve probably heard from friends and family members who have worn braces that you won’t be able to eat some of your favorite foods while you’re in treatment. That’s true – if your favorite food is hard candy. However, you can eat most anything as long as you avoid things that might cause you to lose a bracket, break a wire, or get tangled up in goo. Here’s a simple, helpful guide to help you avoid any issues.

  • Chewy foods — bagels, licorice
  • Crunchy foods — popcorn, chips, ice
  • Sticky foods — caramel candies, chewing gum (sugar-free gum is okay)
  • Foods you have to bite into — corn on the cob, apples, carrots
  • Hard foods — nuts, hard candies
  • Grains — pasta, soft cooked rice
  • Seafood — tuna, salmon, crab cakes
  • Dairy — soft cheese, pudding, milk-based drinks
  • Breads — soft tortillas, pancakes, muffins without nuts
  • Fruits — applesauce, bananas, sliced fruit, most berries (but watch out for seeds)
  • Meats/poultry — soft cooked chicken, meatballs, lunch meats
  • Vegetables — mashed potatoes, steamed spinach, beans
  • Treats — ice cream without nuts, milkshakes, Jell-O, cake

Can I still play sports?

Yes, you can. There’s no reason for you to stop enjoying sports and other activities you enjoy during your treatment. However, we recommend wearing a special mouthguard, designed to “float” over your braces, any time your activity could result in you being hit in the face with a ball or any other form of contact to your face is possible.


Does the clinic accept walk-in cases?

The clinic does accept walk-in cases but the wait may be long depending on the schedule that day. So it is always recommended to book an appointment.

What will happen at the initial examination appointment?

At your initial examination appointment, you will have the opportunity to share your treatment goals, meet our team and meet with one of our doctors. This appointment offers an excellent opportunity to get answers to your questions and find out what options are best for you.

How do I schedule an appointment for an initial exam?

To schedule an initial exam you can call the office during normal business hours or, if you prefer, you can fill out the form on the Patient Information Page and we will contact you to set up your appointment.

At what age should I schedule an appointment for an orthodontic screening?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends having children evaluated between the ages of 7 and 9. However, it’s never too late for orthodontics. We have treated patients from 5 to 85 years of age.

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