1. Must my family dentist refer me for an orthodontic appointment with your office?
No. While many patients are referred by their family dentist, many are referred by "word of mouth" to our office. There is no reason to wait to schedule an appointment if you have concerns about your teeth.
2. At what age should my child be seen for an orthodontic evaluation?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children be seen by an orthodontist at age 7. Although most children this age do not need treatment, some patients can benefit from early (Phase I) treatment. Sometimes, early treatment can eliminate more complex problems from developing in the future. There is no charge for an initial consultation.
3. Will teeth need to be extracted?
Some patients need teeth extracted to create proper space for other teeth to straighten properly. Other common reasons for extractions are to try to achieve better facial balance of the lips and to eliminate an overbite. Most patients do not need teeth extracted. Each patient needs to be evaluated on a case by case basis.
4. How long will I need to wear braces?
Treatment time varies depending on the complexity of a patient's case. Most cases take approximately 18-30 months to complete.
5. How much do braces cost? How does my insurance work? Do you have payment plans?
After the doctor examines you, he can give you specific fees and let you know what portion of your fee is covered by insurance. We submit insurance forms for patients and accept assignment of benefits, meaning you pay us whatever the insurance does not cover. We have convenient no interest plans available.
6. How often are appointments scheduled?
Frequency of visits varies depending on a patient's specific orthodontic needs. Once braces are on the teeth, most visits are every 3 to 8 weeks. With INVISALIGN, most visits are 8 weeks apart.
7. Can all appointments be scheduled after school, in the evening, or on Saturday?
Most visits probably can be scheduled at any time convenient for you. However, long visits such as placing braces, extensive repairs, or removing braces need to be done during daytime hours.