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Why should I go to an Orthodontist for braces and not my general dentist?

In the dental field there are specialists, much like there are in the field of medicine. An orthodontist is a specialist in the correct movement and alignment of teeth and jaw growth. A dentist returns to school for post graduate study lasting 2-3 years to achieve the advanced degree of orthodontics. Orthodontists strive to maintain knowledge of current orthodontic practices and take numerous continuing education classes focusing on orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics.

Does my dentist have to refer me?

No. While a dentist often makes a referral, anyone wanting to correct or change their smile may make a consultation appointment.

Can I just have a retainer to move my teeth?

Retainers are great for their specific purpose — maintaining/retaining the current position of teeth. To actually move and align teeth, braces or Invisalign is necessary.

Can I still play sports?

Yes! We recommend using a mouth guard, to help protect your teeth and braces.  If needed, we have them here in the office.

Can I send in my friends for a consultation?

Absolutely! In fact, we love having friends of patients come into our office!

Do I still need to see my dentist during orthodontic treatment?

Yes.  Your dentist is a very important part of your treatment team.  They will continue to do exams and cleanings, and, if necessary restorative treatment.

Will insurance cover everything?

Insurance coverage for orthodontic treatment varies by dental plan.  Typically, insurance will not cover the total treatment fee.  However, many dental insurance plans cover at least a portion of the treatment fee.  We review your estimated insurance coverage at the consultation appointment.

Do you bill insurance?

Absolutely!  It’s a service we are pleased to offer our patients.

Do you offer payment plans/options?

We offer multiple payment options, including non-interest payment plans that work with most budgets.  These options are available regardless of insurance coverage and are typically explained during the initial consultation.

When should I schedule an appointment?

Children > The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that children should have an evaluation by age 7.  This doesn’t always mean that treatment automatically begins at age 7.  If treatment is recommended it can prevent more complex treatments in the future.

Adults > Any time!  If you want to have your teeth straightened, don’t like your current occlusion (bite), need to have orthodontic movement of teeth for implants or cosmetic dentistry, or if you need surgically assisted orthodontic correction, come in for a consultation.

Will the braces hurt?

Braces can make your teeth feel sore temporarily.  We compare it to exercising and how your muscles can feel sore after a work-out.  Getting back to a normal diet shortly after adjustments assists in minimizing the soreness in teeth.

Do you give shots?

We do not. They are not necessary for routine orthodontic treatment.

How long is treatment?

The length of treatment depends on your unique treatment needs and is typically reviewed during the initial consultation.

Can I or my child return to work or school following placement of appliances, braces, or regular orthodontic appointments?

Definitely.  You or your child may have sore teeth following any of the above appointments, but it generally is not enough to prevent returning to work/school.

How often are appointments?

This varies by case, but typically every 6-10 weeks for adjustments.  Your next appointment is scheduled before you leave the office after every visit.

Can I still have braces if I have crowns, missing teeth, or still have baby teeth even though I’m an adult?

Yes! Each of these concerns will be addressed during your consultation.

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