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Your First Visit
When you arrive for your first visit, please bring your completed health information and insurance forms (download below). Your initial exam will last approximately one hour. In most cases, we will provide an evaluation that will outline your existing orthodontic problems and proposed treatment.
You’ve got questions? We’ve got answers.
At what age should orthodontic treatment occur?
Orthodontic treatment can be started at any age. Many orthodontic problems are easier to correct if detected at an early age. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child first visit an orthodontist by age seven or earlier if a problem is detected by parents, the family dentist, or the child’s physician.
What is Phase I and Phase II treatment?
Phase I, or early interceptive treatment, is limited orthodontic treatment before all of the permanent teeth have erupted. This treatment is sometimes recommended to make more space for developing teeth, correction of crossbites, overbites, and underbites, or harmful oral habits. Phase II treatment is also called comprehensive treatment because it involves full braces when all of the permanent teeth have erupted.
How long will it take to complete treatment?
Treatment time obviously depends on each patient’s individual orthodontic needs. In general, treatment times range from 12-30 months. The “average” time frame a person wears braces is approximately 18-24 months.
How much will braces cost?
Are financing options available? How does my insurance work? It is impossible to give an exact cost for treatment until we have examined you. We will cover the exact cost and financial 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.
Do I need to see my family dentist while in braces?
Yes, please continue to visit your regular family dentist as recommended by their office, which is usually every 6 months. However, some patients may be required to see their dentist more frequently for cleanings and check-ups.
Do braces hurt?
Generally, braces do not “hurt.” After certain visits, teeth may be sore for a few days. In these situations, pain medications such as Advil or Tylenol will ease the discomfort. However, after most visits, patients do not feel any soreness at all! We often remind our patients, “It does not have to hurt to work!”
Is it too late to have braces if I am already an adult?
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!
Do I have any other options besides traditional braces?
Yes, we offer clear braces as well as removable options such as Invisalign® and AcceleDent®. Everyone’s mouth is different, and during your initial evaluation, we will discuss what options are right for you.
Insurance & Payment Options
We accept most insurance companies, and we file the claims for you. We offer a number of financing options tailored to suit your needs. If you want to pay in full, we reward you with a discount. We also offer in-house financing with 0% interest.
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