Q: Does my general dentist need to refer me to your practice?

A: No. We are fortunate to work with many skilled general dentists, pediatric dentists, and other specialists that refer their patients to our office, but many of our patients either schedule a consultation with us themselves or they are referred to us by their family and friends.

Q: When should I bring my child to their first orthodontic visit?

A: Orthodontic treatment is available for any age. However, the American Association of Orthodontists suggests that children around age seven undergo a screening. We may not recommend any treatment at this time, but it’s a good idea to get an initial examination since orthodontic issues or skeletal discrepancies usually become apparent around this age.

Q: How much does orthodontic treatment cost?

A: It’s impossible for us to provide an exact cost for treatment until we have performed an assessment, as costs can widely vary depending on the situation. Hillside View Orthodontics offers many financing options to accommodate your budget. Our team will also review your dental insurance and help maximize your benefits and file your claims. Many dental insurance policies include orthodontic benefits to help make it more affordable.

Q: How long will my orthodontic treatment take?

A: Treatment time will vary for each patient and will depend on the severity of each patient’s orthodontic problems and patient compliance. At Hillside View Orthodontics, we are committed to making your treatment as swift and efficient as possible. We also offer advanced technology for accelerated orthodontic treatment—ask us if you are a candidate!

Q: Can I schedule my child’s visits after school?

A: Unfortunately, we are unable to schedule all visits during after-school hours. It is not uncommon for school-age patients to miss some school while undergoing orthodontics. We will, however, do all we can to minimize your child’s time away from the classroom.

Q: Are braces painful?

A: As a general rule, no. But there will be certain appointments where your teeth could be tender for a day or two. Pain relievers such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen will ease any soreness.

Q: Can I go to school after my braces are placed?

A: Yes. There is no need to miss class after an orthodontic visit.

Q: Will I have dietary restrictions?

A: Yes. You will be provided a detailed list of instructions. Some foods you will be asked to avoid include sticky foods, ice, chewy candy, hard nuts, thick chips, and pizza crust. Certain crunchy foods like raw fruits and vegetables will need to be cut into bite-sized pieces.

Q: Is it possible to play sports while undergoing orthodontic treatment?

A: Yes you can. However, it is important that patients protect their investment and oral health by wearing a mouthguard when participating in all sporting activities. We can assist you in selecting the correct type of mouthguard for your individual needs.

Q: What about brushing my teeth?

A: You should brush your teeth after every meal. Braces will create small ledges, and hiding spots for food particles, which can lead to cavities and gum problems. It’s also important that you see your dentist regularly for cleanings and check-ups.

Q: I’m an adult. Is it too late to have braces?

A: Not at all! A large portion of our patients are adults. In fact, more than 25% of all orthodontic patients are over the age of 18.

Q: How do I know that my doctor is actually an orthodontist?

A: Only an orthodontist can be a member of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) or be certified by the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO). Many general dentists have begun displaying credentials from various companies such as Invisalign, American Orthodontic Society, International Association of Orthodontists, and others. If you are ever in doubt, visit to verify your doctor’s association with AAO.

Q: While undergoing orthodontic treatment do I still need to visit my general dentist?

A: Absolutely! Routine follow-ups with your general or family dentist are essential while undergoing orthodontic treatment to maintain the health of your teeth and gum tissue.

Q: Are retainers necessary and how long will I have to wear one?

A: Retainers are designed to prevent your teeth from shifting or moving while waiting for the bone and gum tissue around your teeth to stabilize. The longer you wear it, the greater your chances that your teeth will not move back into their original place. Everyone’s retention protocol is different, but as a general rule, we recommend that retainers be worn each night for the rest of your life.

“Our family loves this office! My son feels that they are ‘careful, gentle, speedy and kind.’ I appreciate how organized and friendly their staff is. From our first visit, they have put my children at ease. I especially appreciate that they take the time to explain each step of the process to both me and my children. Their rewards cards are an extra bonus and motivator for my kids.”
S.B., Parent
“This office is one of the best I have experienced. I am truly amazed at the innovative ways they’ve come up with to incentivize the kids to be responsible in their oral hygiene. If you are anywhere close to the Bay Area, I would highly recommend this office (definitely worth a drive!).”

T.B., Father
“What I observed and appreciated was that Dr. Ikeda and her staff took the time to analyze each of my sons’ jaws and teeth, kept them very comfortable and happy as they did, and they warmly explained TO THEM what they were seeing in a way that was easy for them to understand… After our initial meetings with Dr. Ikeda, I knew that we were in skilled and caring hands.”
A.B., Parent
“From my child: ‘I think this is a really good place because I like all the people who work there. When I ask questions they actually explain to me what is going on. I enjoy being there and I think it’s the best orthodontist for me!’ Great staff, very clean facilities. Everyone is helpful and answers all questions, which is very comforting for parents like me who are new to orthodontics. Highly recommend!”
S.S., Parent
“There is an art to creating the ‘perfect smile’ that is different for each patient. What works on one patient does not work on all, and they approach each patient as a unique individual and thoughtfully craft a treatment program designed to minimize discomfort. They do amazing work.”
J.M., Parent



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