First Visit for Braces in Portland?


We love our Portland braces patients!  If you didn't know, we have several offices around town - but our Portland office in Rockwood is one of our favorites.  If you're in need of braces, come see us!

When you come to our Portland office, we'll have you complete the Patient Information form (or you can do it before you come in).  One of our Portland staff members can mail you the form. Bring this form with you to your visit, as well as your insurance information.

Your initial Portland braces appointment will consist of a thorough examination and a discussion of potential braces or other treatment options.

Types of Braces in Portland:

Getting Braces in Portland 

At your first visit to our Portland office in Rockwood, you will be greeted and given a tour of our facility. We will then take complimentary preliminary records which include a panoramic x-ray as well as photos of the face and teeth for your braces treatment.  Our Treatment Coordinator will discuss any preliminary concerns. Then our Orthodontist will conduct an extensive examination and discuss the results of his findings.

If you’re in the Portland area and are looking for an ABO Certified orthodontist for your braces, Rockwood Orthodontics is the right place for you!

How much time will you need for each braces related appointment in our Portland office?


  • Initial Examination: 60 minutes

  • Records, including radiographs and impressions: 30 minutes

  • Placement of braces: 90 minutes

  • Periodic Adjustments: 20-30 minutes



Signs You may need Braces?


Several tell-tale signs are early indicators that you may need braces. One of the common reasons is protruding upper teeth, often called buck teeth. Overbite is another scenario where there is a visible gap between the top and bottom front row teeth when the back teeth are together. There is cross-bite where the upper back teeth sit inside the lower teeth rather than resting outside. Other signs that make you a suitable candidate for braces are gaps between teeth, overcrowding, and misaligned front teeth. It’s always wise to consult your orthodontist if you identify with any of these signs.


Hidden Braces


Hidden braces, also known as lingual braces, fit on the inside of your teeth, unlike traditional braces. These types of braces are relatively uncommon and used in specific scenarios. Some of these include people who play contact sports, wind instrumentalists, and people who don’t like to make their braces public.


Early Treatment


We recommend that children must undergo a general consultation by age 7 to identify any dental issues early. The success rate for treating early diagnosed dental problems in kids is exponentially higher. Some benefits of early treatment are improved facial symmetry and healthy gums.


Do I Need to Avoid Any Food?


The short answer is, yes. Dental braces require constant supervision and care. Avoid food that is hard and crunchy as these can cause physical damage to the braces and its wiring. Consumption of excess sugary and aerated drinks leads to tooth decay and premature gum problems. If the portion of food is abundant, cut it down into smaller chunks to ease chewing and reduce the pressure on your teeth. It’s best to avoid smoking and other habits such as thumb sucking, breathing through the mouth, and chewing on ice cubes. A well-moderated food plan is essential for successful treatment. 


Types of Braces we offer:


Clear Braces


Braces are composed of transparent material that is hard to notice when compared to regular braces. They have proven to be more effective in moving the teeth to the perfect alignment position. They are also comfortable and boost the confidence of the wearer as they are nearly impossible to detect. Get a free consultation for clear braces in Portland.


Metal Braces


These are the most common type of braces used in treating teeth straightening problems. Made of stainless steel of high grade, they use arch-wires to hold the teeth and braces in place. They have been proven to be effective over the years, and you don't need to remove it before meals or sleep.


Ceramic Braces


Ceramic braces are much similar to metal braces, but they are a transparent ceramic material, which makes them less visible than metal braces. They are preferred by people who don’t wish the metal braces to be overtly visible. They are equally comfortable but require extra care and are relatively fragile. We are experts in offering Ceramic braces in Portland.




Self-ligating braces are a different type of braces that use little door-like metal openings to hold the wires instead of elastic ties. They are easier to clean and maintain. They assist in quickening the initial treatment phase but are not as effective as traditional braces. 


Lingual Braces


Orthodontics place the Lingual braces at the back of the teeth instead of the front. The metal brackets, wires, and elastic bands all reside behind the front teeth. They help in boosting confidence for self-conscious people, but the patient needs to have long teeth to be a suitable candidate.


Radiance Braces


Braces use clear brackets crafted from a pure sapphire crystal instead of stainless steel. Sapphire is one of the roughest and hardest materials in nature. As it has the same level of efficiency and strength, they perform similarly to traditional braces. Their appeal lies in the aesthetics and polished appearance compared to regular braces. Rockwoodsmiles team has much expertise in delivering Radiance braces in the Portland area.


FAQs on Braces


1) Why should I use ceramic braces?


They make Ceramic braces from a ceramic material that matches your teeth’s natural color and lends them an appealing look. They are as durable and effective as traditional braces. They are also less bulky, making them easier to manage over the long course of treatment, which takes over a year on average.


2) How long does the treatment take?


Time taken for the complete cycle of treatment varies among individuals based on health factors and medical history. Treatment duration could range from 12-months up to 24-months. After a detailed evaluation, Your orthodontist will prescribe this duration. It includes periodic visits for adjustments or any issues with the braces. Get in touch with our Portland orthodontist to know the exact treatment duration for braces and teeth whitening.


3) Will the braces hurt?


The procedure itself is generally painless and causes little discomfort. There is prone to be a little soreness in the teeth for a few days after placement and readjustments. These tend to make you more conscious of the braces but are not painful. You can use generic pain-relief medication to manage any pain.


4) Can I schedule my appointments after school?


Absolutely! Our Portland orthodontists understand that taking time out of a busy academic schedule can be counter-productive. We make special provisions to accommodate consultations for students after school hours. If a procedure takes long, such as removing braces, we recommend to complete it before school early in the day. To book a slot call or e-mail our front office.


5) Is there any age restriction in having braces?


There is no age restriction for Adults. A large population of people using braces is adults who wish to straighten their teeth. The main difference is that since adults stop growing, the treatment could take longer compared to children or teenagers. Duration to wear braces ranges from 18-months to 3-years.


6) How much does it cost?


The pricing for dental braces depends upon several factors. These include your chosen type of brace, which could be metal, ceramic, or others. It also depends on your age, health conditions, and the duration of your treatment. Your orthodontist will share an estimate based on initial investigations and your preference for the type of braces.



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