Common questions about orthodontics and our office.
Why should I choose an orthodontic specialist?
Would my teeth straighten out on their own as they grow?
Will I need to get shots?
At what age should I schedule an appointment for an orthodontic evaluation?
Is it too late to get braces as an adult?
How long will it take to complete treatment?
Treatment time obviously depends on each patient’s specific orthodontic problem. In general, treatment times range from 12 to 30 months.
Will I need to have teeth removed for braces?
Can I wear braces even though I have crowns and missing teeth?
Can orthodontic correction occur while a child still has baby teeth?
What is Phase One (early) Treatment?
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 and to improve self-esteem and self-image.
How do I schedule an appointment for a complimentary exam?
Is it required that my family dentist schedule my appointment with the orthodontist?
What will I learn from the initial examination?
There are five essential questions that we will cover 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?
What will happen at the initial examination appointment?
How much will braces cost? Are financing options available? How does my insurance work?
How often will I have appointments?
Appointments are scheduled according to each patient’s needs. Most patients in braces will be seen every five to 10 weeks. If there are specific situations that require more frequent monitoring, we will schedule appointments accordingly.
Can I drop my child off for an appointment?
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 when they return, so we ask that parents check in with our receptionist before dropping off their child.
Can I return to school the day I receive my braces?
Yes. There is no reason to miss school because of an orthodontic appointment.
Can I schedule all of my appointments after school?
Unfortunately, we cannot schedule all appointments for students during after-school hours. However, because most appointments are scheduled five to 10 weeks apart, most patients will miss minimal school due to their orthodontic treatments. We will, however, make a sincere effort to meet your scheduling needs.
What is an emergency appointment? How is that handled?
If your braces are causing extreme 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.