San Jose,CA Orthodontic FAQs

How long has Dr. Rideau been an orthodontist?

Dr. Joseph Rideau has been practicing orthodontics for children and adults in San Jose for more than 30 years. He has successfully treated several thousands of happy patients. To schedule your appointment with Dr. Rideau, call our office or request an appointment online today!

Do you offer complimentary orthodontic consultations?

The initial consultation is free. We will examine the patient and determine what treatment is indicated, if any, and give the patient as much information as we can about the type of treatment indicated, the duration of treatment, recommended appliances, and insurance coverage, and explain the steps needed to get started.

How do you help each patient to have a pleasant experience when they visit?

Orthodontic treatment is relatively low discomfort. There should be very little pain, and we do not use anesthesia for the treatment. Our experienced staff will guide each patient with tips and tools to keep thier treatment as easy as possible. 

What types of orthodontic treatment do you offer?

We have a variety of options for the type of appliances. Clear aligners, along with other types of braces, such as traditional metal braces, and clear brackets, which are much less visible, Invisalign® and lingual braces, which go on the inside of the teeth, so they are not apparent when the patient speaks and smiles.

When does your patient see an orthodontist and when would he or she expect to see an assistant?

Dr. Rideau examines each patient at every appointment. We also utilize registered dental assistants, licensed by the state of California, to make the treatment experience more comfortable and less time-consuming at each appointment.

What’s the best age to visit the orthodontist?

If you want to improve the look and feel of your smile, then any age can be a great time to see the orthodontist. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children first visit an orthodontist around the age of seven. However, orthodontic treatment is not exclusive to children and teens.

About one in every five orthodontic patients is over the age of 21. Whether you’re considering treatment for yourself or for a child, any age is a good time to visit the orthodontist.

If I get braces, how long do I have to wear them?

The amount of time spent in braces will vary, depending on the individual patient, because every smile responds differently to treatment. Treatment times can take anywhere from six to 30 months, but most standard treatments last about 22 months.

Do braces hurt?

Braces aren’t painful, though you may feel a small amount of discomfort for a couple days as you get used to your new braces.

Do I need to brush my teeth more often if I have braces?

With braces, you should brush your teeth at least three times a day to keep your smile healthy and clean. Brushing regularly will help remove any food that may be caught between the braces.

You should also floss every day to get between your braces where your brush isn’t able to reach. Dr. Rideau can show you how to brush and floss properly once your braces are placed.

If I have braces, do I still need dental checkups every six months?

Yes! In fact, it’s even more vital that patients receiving orthodontic treatment visit their dentist regularly. At Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics here in San Jose, you can easily schedule your appointments for orthodontics with Dr. Rideau and pediatric dental appointments with Dr. Ligh or Dr. Fridgen in the same place!

With braces, food may be caught in places your toothbrush can’t reach, which makes it a lot easier for bacteria to build up and cause cavities and other oral health problems. Your dentist will work closely with Dr. Rideau to make sure that teeth stay clean and healthy while wearing braces.

Will my braces interfere with my school activities like sports, playing an instrument, or singing?

Playing an instrument or a contact sport may require some adjustment when you first get your braces, but wearing braces will not stop you from participating in any of your school activities. If you play a contact sport, it is recommended that you wear a mouthguard to protect your braces or appliance.

How can I take care of my teeth if I’m wearing braces or a retainer?

  • Always remember to brush your teeth after every meal and floss at least once a day.
  • Make sure to use toothpaste that contains fluoride, and ask your orthodontist or family dentist if you need a fluoride rinse. This will help prevent cavities!
  • If you take out your retainer to eat, make sure you brush your teeth, floss, and remember to keep your retainer safe in its container so it does not get lost or broken.
  • Keep your retainer clean, too, by brushing it gently with a toothbrush and toothpaste. You may also soak it in denture cleaner as instructed by Dr. Rideau. Do not put your retainer in boiling water or in the dishwasher.
  • During your orthodontic treatment with Dr. Rideau, try to avoid foods with a lot of sugar. This could make it easier for bacteria in your mouth to grow and cause more plaque and potential cavities. And, as always, brush three times daily and floss every day!
  • Avoid sticky and chewy foods (like gum and caramel), hard foods (like hard candy and ice cubes), or any foods that could possibly get stuck in your braces.
  • Be sure to schedule regular appointments with Dr. Fridgen or Dr. Ligh to keep up on your child’s pediatic dental care as well. We recommend that our patients visit us for dental care every six months.

How do I schedule my next appointment?

Call our practice today! Our front desk staff will be happy to schedule your next appointment at your convenience. If you are a new patient or have been referred to Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, let us know and we will provide you with all the information you need!

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