What is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that specifically deals with correct alignment of teeth and jaws. In addition to straightening teeth, an orthodontist can correct bite and jaw problems.
Do braces hurt?
Today’s braces are much more comfortable than traditional braces of years past. There are some periods of adjustment and acclimation, but today’s technologically advanced appliances create well-paced, smooth movement and less overall discomfort. Additionally, you’ll get all the support and education you need to keep yourself comfortable and healthy during treatment.
Do I have to change my eating habits when I have braces?
Avoid foods that are sticky, chewy, hard or brittle. They can damage your orthodontic appliance. We want you to have the very best experience possible, so we put an emphasis on patient education and support. Before you go home with your new braces, you’ll know how best to take care of them. But, if you ever have any questions, contact us today.
Will braces interfere with sports or musical instruments?
Not really, but there are some precautions to take. For example, if you play sports, wear a mouth guard. Patients who play musical instruments, specifically wind instruments, will note a period of adjustment. However, we can provide you with tools that can help make this process quick and easy.
Will I have to wear a retainer after I am done with orthodontic treatment?
Yes. Retainers are an essential part of your overall orthodontic treatment. Without a retainer, teeth will naturally shift back to their old, misaligned positions. Wearing a retainer holds the teeth in their new, corrected positions.
Do braces cause cavities?
Braces themselves do not cause cavities, however they do provide plaque more opportunities to “stick” around. Keeping your regular dental appointments for cleanings is vital while in orthodontic treatment. Good oral hygiene increases your treatment’s success. You’ll receive tools, instruction and constant support on keeping your teeth and gums healthy while in braces or other orthodontic appliances.
Do I still need to visit my regular dentist while I am in orthodontic treatment?
Yes! Your orthodontist is concerned with tooth alignment, bite correction and jaw position. But it’s your regular dentist who helps you maintain healthy teeth and gums.
Am I too old or too young for braces?
Definitely not. We have orthodontic options for every age, from very young children who may need early interceptive treatment, to adult professionals who want to improve their bite or aesthetics. Our New Patient Consultations are complimentary, so come in today and discover your options.
Do I need a referral to see an orthodontist?
No. If you suspect you could benefit from orthodontic treatment, contact our office to schedule a complimentary New Patient Consultation.
How often will I have appointments?
Patients will typically be seen every 8-10 weeks. However, this can vary greatly depending on your specific appliance and the goal your doctor has at a certain point in treatment. But, by the end of each appointment, you’ll know when the doctor wants to see you next.
How long does treatment take?
It varies. Orthodontic treatment is individually tailored to each patient’s goals and needs. During your first visit, the doctor will give you an estimated treatment time.
How much do braces cost?
It varies according to the treatment. But, on your very first visit, we’ll discuss your goals and give you a treatment fee estimate. Our fees are easy to understand and clearly explained, so you’ll never be surprised by hidden fees or surprise costs. We strive to answer all of your questions so you can make an informed and confident decision. Contact our office to schedule a complimentary New Patient Consultation.
Do you have financing options?
Yes. We are pleased to offer flexible, no-interest financing options.
Does my insurance cover orthodontic treatment?
We’ll help you find out. Because there are so many different insurance companies and insurance policy types out there, the easiest way to answer this question is to give us a call. We can take your specific insurance information and find out if there is an orthodontic benefit available to you. This service is included with our complimentary New Patient Consultation.
How do I schedule a complimentary New Patient Consultation?
Scheduling is easy! Contact us and we will guide you through the process personally. We will ask some questions about you and the patient, and then we will work with you to find a convenient appointment. Our staff are happy to answer any questions you might have prior to your visit, so do not hesitate to get in touch with us.