Frequently Asked Questions

No, it is not. Many of our patients are referred by their family dentist, yet many other patients take the initiative to schedule an examination themselves.

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic screening at age 7. By this age, several permanent teeth in most children have erupted, allowing us to effectively evaluate your orthodontic condition.

If you or your child can potentially benefit from orthodontic treatment, simply call our office, send us an e-mail or fill out our appointment request form online. We will be happy to schedule an appointment for you. When you call to schedule your appointment, our front office staff will request some basic information from you.

Upon arriving, each patient and parent will be seen by the treatment coordinator who will introduce you to our office and prepare for the initial exam. The doctor will prescribe the necessary photographs and X-rays to allow us to make a proper diagnosis. Together with the treatment coordinator, the doctor will complete a thorough orthodintic examination. If it is deemed that treatment is indicated, impressions will be taken.

There are five essential questions that we will anwer during the initial examination: Is there an orthodontic problem, and if so, what is it? What must be done to correct the problem? Will any teeth need to be removed? How long will the treatment take to complete? How much will the treatment cost?

Removing teeth is sometimes required to achieve the best orthodontic result. Straight teeth, a healthy bite and a balanced facial profile are the goal of orthodontics. In our office, we reserve tooth removal in situations where it is absolutely necessary.

Treatment time depends on each patient’s specific orthodontic problem. In general, treatment times range from 12 to 30 months. The “average” time frame a person is in braces is approximately 24 months. In our office, 96% of our patients finish on time.

It is impossible to give an exact cost for treatment until we have examined you. We will cover the exact cost and financing options during the initial examination. We have many financing options available to accommodate your needs, and we will review these with you. We will also review your insurance policy and help to maximize your benefit and file your claims.

Appointments are scheduled according to each patient’s needs. Most patients in braces will be seen every 6 to 8 weeks. If there are specific situations that require more frequent monitoring, we will schedule appointments accordingly.

We do our best to schedule most adjustments for students during after-school hours. Longer appointments are reserved for the morning. Since most visits are between 6 to 8 weeks apart, most patients will miss minimal school due to their orthodontic treatment. It is our goal to make a sincere effort to meet your scheduling needs.

Yes. We understand your busy schedule, and we are happy to help you make the most of your time. On some occasions, we may request to speak with a parent , so we ask that parents check in with their patient manager before dropping off their child. During treatment, we provide a progress report to keep you apprised of your child’s progress.

It is common to experience some soreness and discomfor after having braces placed. This can last for a few days. In these situations, pain medications such as Advil or Tylenol will ease the discomfort. After most adjustment visits, patients do not feel any soreness at all! We often remind our patients, “It does not have to hurt to work!”

Yes. There is no reason to miss school or work after having your braces placed.

Absolutely not! It is our belief that each patient should be provided with their own braces to achieve the best orthodontic result possible.

Yes. We recommend a mouth guard for some sports.

Yes. Regular checkups and cleanings with your family dentist are very important while in braces. Your family dentist will determine the intervals between cleaning appointments while you are in braces.

Yes. Once treatment begins, we will explain the complete instructions and provide a comprehensive list of foods to avoid. Some of those foods include hard candy and all sticky foods (i.e. caramel and taffy). You can avoid breaking or damaging braces by carefully following simple dietary instructions.

It is ideal to brush your teeth at least three times each day while in braces – after each meal and before going to bed. We will show you how to floss your teeth with braces.

If your braces are causing significant pain or if something breaks, you should call our office. In most cases, we can address these issues over the telephone. If you require an emergency appointment, we will set aside time for you. One of our doctors is on-call 24/7.

Yes. Some orthodontic problems are significant enough to require early intervention. However, if a patient is not yet ready for treatment, we will follow their growth and development until the time is right for treatment to begin.

Phase One treatment, if necessary, is usually initiated on children between the ages of 7 and 10. The primary objective for Phase One treatment is to address significant problems to prevent them from becoming more severe . It can also be used to improve self-esteem and self-image.

It is best to assume that your child will need full braces after Phase One treatment. The period following Phase One treatment is called the “obervation period,” during which growth and tooth eruption are closely monitored. Throughout this period, parents and patients will be kept informed of future treatment recommendations.

At the completion of the initial examination, we will determine whether a patient will need an expander.

A surprising percentage of our patients are adults. In fact, 25 percent of all orthodontic patients are adults. Health, happiness and self-esteem are vitally important to adults. No patient is “too old” to wear braces!

Yes. A tooth with a crown will move just like a tooth with a simple filling. When teeth are missing, orthodontic treatment will aid in the alignment of the remaining teeth.

Teeth, and often times the entire facial structures, are permanently changed by orthodontic treatment. It is important that the treatment be appropriate and properly completed. Orthodontic specialists study for a minimum of three years after the completion of dental school and have extensive and specialized training that enables them to provide their patients with predictable orthodontic treatment. You really have one chance to get it right.

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