Frequently Asked Questions: Do I need to see my General Dentist when I have braces?

Let’s Work Together!

One of the common questions we get at Glander Rochford Orthodontics is “do I need to continue seeing my general dentist while I have braces?” As orthodontists, Dr. Glander and Dr. Rochford work as a team with your general dentist to make sure you have the best care possible. Because of this, it is very important that you continue to make your regular check up appointments while in braces. At these appointments, you will have your teeth cleaned and your dentist will also make sure there are no cavities or other issues.

Braces can make keeping your teeth and gums clean more challenging. With the help of your general dentist, we can make sure that everything is squeaky clean and healthy! Your general dentist will also be interested in seeing how your orthodontic treatment is going, so make sure to tell him or her how much fun you have at our office :)

Frequently Asked Questions: What Happens If A Bracket Comes Off?

In celebration of National Orthodontic Month, we are answering another frequently asked question: “What happens if a bracket comes off?”

Imagine This Scenario:

You, or your child, just get your braces on, you picked the best colors ever and you are soooo excited to show them off. You know how to keep them clean and what foods to avoid to take good care of them, and things are looking pretty good. After a few days, the newness of the braces has worn off and life has returned to normal. At lunch one day, you are enjoying a delicious and refreshing Diet Coke, a personal favorite of Dr. Rochford, and as you finish your drink you toss a few of the remaining ice cubes from the drink in your mouth and begin to chomp. Almost immediately you hear a ‘pop’ and you realize what you’ve done: broken one of your brackets off! Now what?!?!

Remain Calm

First thing is first. Remain calm. Luckily, when a bracket comes off it is not a true dental emergency and can happen to anyone with braces from time to time. Make sure you do not swallow the bracket if it has come off of the wire, and if it has, put it in a small baggie to bring into the office. If the bracket is still on the wire, do your best to not play with it with your tongue so that it will stay put. If the bracket is off and the wire is poking your cheek, try to place some of the wax we sent you home with on the wire to secure it.

Call Your Orthodontist

Next thing to do is give our office a call. If it is during normal business hours, we will get you on our schedule ASAP so we can get that bracket back on. If it is either after hours or on the weekend, leave us a message and we will give you a call on Monday morning. While we do have a 24/7 emergency number and are ALWAYS available to help, it is important to save calling this number for a true dental emergency.

How To Prevent a Broken Bracket

At Glander Rochford Orthodontics, we try to do everything we can to prevent broken brackets. That includes excellent clinical care so the brackets are put on the best way possible. It also includes great patient education, so you know what foods to avoid that may break off your brackets. If we work together as a team to take amazing care of your brackets, we can avoid ever having any broken brackets!

Frequently Asked Questions: Do Braces Hurt?

October is National Orthodontic Month, so we are answering the questions we hear from patients.

A question that we hear every single day from our patients at Glander Rochford Orthodontics?

Do braces hurt?

While a simple question, the answer is a little more complex and has a few answers.

The process of actually getting the braces will not hurt at all. The brackets are put on each tooth with a special type of Orthodontic glue that keeps them attached to the teeth. After all of the brackets are on the teeth, a very light wire is placed in the brackets and secured with a colored elastic tie. (you get to pick the colors!)

As the teeth start to move, which can happen as soon as the day your braces are put on, the patient may notice some discomfort or soreness. Kind of like a sore muscle after a hard workout or trying a new type of activity. This is a normal part of moving the teeth and can be alleviated by taking whatever you or the patient would normally take for a headache, or other minor aches.

Another source of discomfort in those first few days of having braces can come from the brackets rubbing against the cheeks. Your mouth has something brand new inside it, and needs a little adjustment period. All of our patients go home with some wax to put on any bracket that may cause any discomfort. As the cheeks get used to the braces, the sore spots will begin to go away. The time it takes for your mouth to get used to the braces is different for every person.

Your Experience is Our Top Priority

It is very important to us that our patients have an enjoyable experience while they are in treatment at Glander Rochford Orthodontics. While there will be some parts of the process that are less fun than others, the end result of a smile you can show the world with confidence is more than worth it!

Please let us know if you are having any issues with your braces above and beyond what was described here and we will be happy to help you out.

Still need to schedule your complimentary consultation? Visit this page on our site to schedule!

Glander Rochford Orthodontics Voted 2018 Best Orthodontist in Indianapolis!

We can’t thank you enough for voting for Glander Rochford Orthodontics as the “2018 Best Orthodontist in Indianapolis” through Indy Star’s 2018 Best Things Indianapolis contest.

Our team suggests you head to the Indy Star’s 2018 Best Things Indianapolis list to see all of the other local businesses that were nominated for this award!

Winning “Best Orthodontist in Indianapolis”

This is the first year Glander Rochford Orthodontics has won this award and the entire team is extremely grateful for all of the support from the Indianapolis community.

Our patients are our top priority, so having their support is the best honor of all.

Contact Us

We would love to meet you and have you join the Glander Rochford Orthodontics family. We offer a 100% complimentary consultation, so please call or email if you are interested in meeting us!

Announcing Glander Rochford Orthodontics Hosting the Pet Adoption Wagon from the Humane Society of Indianapolis!

Glander Rochford Orthodontics is partnering with The Humane Society of Indianapolis and the Pet Adoption Wagon to host a pet adoption event!

Saturday, April 21 from 10am-1pm, everyone is invited to come to the Glander Rochford Orthodontics practice to meet your new furry family member.  If you decide to rescue an animal that day - you will be entered into a drawing for a FREE Invisalign treatment!

In addition to helping adorable dogs and cats find new loving homes, we will also be accepting donations for The Humane Society of Indianapolis - and as a thank you, anyone who makes a donation will also be entered in for a drawing to win FREE Invisalign treatment.  

This event can be found on the Glander Rochford Orthodontics facebook page.

We can't wait to see you there!


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Welcome to Glander Rochford Orthodontics!

Welcome to Glander Rochford Orthodontics, the office of Drs. Skip Glander and Brian Rochford, conveniently located in Indianapolis, Indiana. Thank you for choosing us to care for your orthodontic needs! Our practice has been providing orthodontic care for Indianapolis and Greenwood for more than 55 years. We are committed to excellence in all aspects of your orthodontic treatment. As our patient, you are the most important person in our office, and we want to ensure that your experience here is pleasant, comfortable and caring.

Orthodontics means more than straight teeth and a beautiful smile; it means a healthy smile. Also known as dentofacial orthopedics, orthodontics is the dental specialty concerned with correctly positioned teeth, jaw bones, jaw joints and chewing muscles. People of all ages – including adults – can now enjoy a beautiful smile, healthier teeth and gums and a better bite for normal chewing, swallowing and breathing. With today's thorough evaluation and cosmetic treatment techniques, a healthier smile can be yours for a lifetime!

Please browse our website to learn all about our practice and schedule your Free Consult!