Orthodontic FAQs

What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is all about creating beautiful smiles for life! Using a variety of tools, Dr. Gregg and our staff will help transform your smile!

What should I look for when choosing an orthodontist? 

Patients should look for someone with all the necessary requirements, as well as someone with lots of compassion and the ability to make even the most stressed patients feel comfortable.

An Indiana native, Dr. Gregg graduated from De Paw University and continued on to Indiana University School of Dentistry for his dental degree and orthodontic training. He loves everything about the field of orthodontics and the patient interactions that come with it.

The Gregg Ortho team prides ourselves in having a welcoming office environment for employees and patients! Our gentle patient care is unmatched!

What kinds of issues can orthodontic treatment correct?

From severe bite issues to slight cosmetic fixes, the right orthodontist will help you achieve your oral health goals! At Gregg Ortho, we treat anything from slight cosmetic issues to bite issues that could require surgery. Dr. Gregg works very closely with a local oral surgeon to help address these types of issues efficiently.

What happens during my first visit?

The first visit with Gregg Ortho at our Muncie office consists of a consultation free of charge! At this consultation, we will take photos and X-rays for Dr. Gregg to evaluate. He will listen to your wants and needs, and come up with a plan of action for you or your child's treatment. We are even equipped to start some treatments same day!

What kinds of braces do you offer?

We offer Damon™ Braces and Spark™ Aligners, as well as several other appliances to fit your unique needs.

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 Dr. Gregg or your family dentist whether 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 the 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 Retainer Brite as instructed by our office. Do not put your retainer in boiling water or in the dishwasher.

  • During your treatment, try to avoid foods with a lot of sugar (which increases the amount of bacteria that grows in your mouth, and can cause more plaque and potential cavities).

  • Avoid sticky and chewy foods (caramel, chewing gum, gummy bears), hard foods (hard candy, nuts, ice cubes), or any foods that could possibly get stuck in your braces (corn on the cob, soft bagels, ribs, taffy, etc.).

  • Be sure to schedule your routine checkups with your family dentist. It is recommended that you continue to visit the dentist every six months.