loading...
Schedule a Consult Call Us

Orthodontic FAQs

What does an orthodontist do?

An orthodontist creates an ideal smile and a proper functioning bite.  Various appliances are used to achieve this such as space maintainers, palatal expanders, functional appliances (jaw-growth appliances), braces, and Invisalign.

What should I expect in the first visit?

At your initial visit the patient’s medical and dental history and their chief concern (reason the patient is here) will be reviewed.  After examining the teeth and bite, photographs of the face and teeth will be taken and analyzed and (if pertinent), an x-ray to assess how many and where the teeth are, will be done.  Any alignment, structural, joint, and/or bite issues will be discussed.  Options will be given as to how, if and when treatment should begin.  The different types of appliances or braces that would be effective will be discussed and illustrated.  Since not everyone is ready to begin treatment (generally due to the timing of the exfoliation and eruption of the teeth) a second or follow-up visit may be recommended.  Treatment fees and options for payment such as payment plans will also be discussed.

How long are braces worn for?

Depending on the severity of the case and what we are trying to address, braces or Invisalign aligners are typically worn for between 4 and 24 months.

Do braces hurt?

We use the latest technology, materials and techniques to ensure that forces are minimal and as efficient as possible.  In today’s day and age, there is NO REASON for discomfort due to appliances.  Our vast experience with patients of all ages allows us to anticipate and eliminate what might be uncomfortable over time.

Do you take transfer patients?

Yes, we accept patients who have relocated from other areas and work with their previous dental providers to ensure a smooth transition.

Which type of orthodontic treatment is right for you?

A free initial consultation is the first step in determining what the right treatment is for you.  All options will be discussed at the first visit.

How will early treatment benefit my child?

Early treatment may create space to reduce the likelihood of needing teeth removed in the future. Correcting bite problems which could lead to jaw discomfort and/or asymmetric growth of the jaws are also benefits of early treatment.  Protruding teeth that are re-aligned reduce the potential of tooth trauma.  Taking advantage of the growth and development in the younger patient may also lead to better balance.

The difference between orthodontics for adults and children and teenage orthodontics

Correcting crooked, rotated, protruded, or tipped teeth are done either by clear or metal braces or Invisalign. While appliances to help stimulate jaw growth or widen the jaw can be done in the growing patient, options are different for adults.  In our experience, in younger patients both correcting the bite and aligning the teeth are the ‘norms’ whereas in adult patients, alignment to improve the appearance of the teeth is the chief concern and usually takes less time to address than correcting the bite also.

How much does it cost?

Cost is generally determined by the severity of the issue.  Usually, an affordable, convenient payment plan of YOUR choosing can be set up to reflect how you would like to pay for treatment.  In addition, WE ACCEPT MOST INSURANCES.

Do I need a referral from my dentist or other health care provider to see the orthodontist?

NO! You may call our office to schedule a no cost initial evaluation if you deem it necessary.

At what age should my child be checked by the orthodontist?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an initial consultation at age 7.  If no treatment is necessary, we may recommend seeing your child in 6-12 months to monitor the growth and development of their teeth and jaws.  If recommended, early treatment could make future treatment less expensive, shorter in duration, and/or create space so as to avoid future permanent tooth removal.

Will it hurt?

We use the latest technology, materials and techniques to ensure that forces are minimal and as efficient as possible. In today’s day and age, there is NO REASON for discomfort due to appliances.  Our vast experience with patients of all ages allows us to anticipate and eliminate what might be uncomfortable over time.