FAQ

  1. Is it required that my family dentist schedule my appointment with the orthodontist?
  2. At what age should I schedule an appointment for an orthodontic screening?
  3. Will my teeth straighten out as they grow?
  4. How do I schedule an appointment for an initial exam?
  5. What will happen at the initial examination appointment?
  6. What will I learn from the initial examination?
  7. Will I need to have teeth extracted for braces?
  8. How long will it take to complete treatment?
  9. How much will braces cost? Are financing options available? How does my insurance work?
  10. How often will I have appointments?
  11. Can I schedule all of my appointments after school?
  12. Can I drop my child off for an appointment?
  13. Do braces hurt?
  14. Can I return to school the day I receive my braces?
  15. Do you give shots?
  16. Do you use recycled braces?
  17. Can I still play sports?
  18. Do I need to see my family dentist while in braces?
  19. Are there foods I cannot eat while I have braces?
  20. How often should I brush my teeth while in braces?
  21. What is an emergency appointment? How are those handled?
  22. Can orthodontic correction occur while a child has baby teeth?
  23. What is Phase One (early) Treatment?
  24. Will my child need full braces if he/she has Phase One treatment?
  25. Will my child need an expander?
  26. Is it too late to have braces if I am already an adult?
  27. Can I wear braces even though I have crowns and missing teeth?
  28. Why should You choose an orthodontic specialist?

  1. Is it required that my family dentist refer me to the orthodontist?

    No, it is not. Many of our patients are referred by their family dentist, yet many other patients take the initiative to schedule an examination themselves.

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  2. At what age should I schedule an appointment for an orthodontic screening?

    The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic screening at age 7. By this age, several permanent teeth in most children have erupted, allowing us to effectively evaluate your orthodontic condition.

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  3. Will my teeth straighten out as they grow?

    No, they will not. The space available for the front teeth does not increase as you grow. In most people, after the permanent molars erupt, the space available for the front teeth decreases with age.

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  4. How do I schedule an appointment for an initial exam?

    Simply call our office, send us an e-mail or fill out our appointment request form online. We will be happy to schedule an appointment for you. When you call to schedule your appointment, our front office staff will request some basic information from you.

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  5. What will happen at the initial examination appointment?

    Upon arriving, each patient will be seen by the doctor. The doctor will complete a brief, but thorough, exam.  He will then discuss potential treatment options and determine if this is the proper time to begin treatment.

    To read more about your first visit, see our First Visit Page.

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  6. What will I learn from the initial examination?

    There are many essential questions that we will cover during the initial examination.  Below are example of a couple questions that will be discussed but not limited to just these questions.  Please feel free to ask any questions you may have during the initial exam and during treatment.

    • Is there an orthodontic problem, and if so, what is it?
    • What must be done to correct the problem?

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  7. Will I need to have teeth extracted for braces?

    Sometimes removing teeth is required to achieve the best orthodontic result. Straight teeth and a balanced facial profile are the goal of orthodontics. However, because new technology has provided advanced orthodontic procedures, removing teeth is not always necessary for orthodontic treatment.

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  8. 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. The "average" time frame is approximately 18-24 months.

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  9. 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 go over the cost and financial options during your consultation appointment . 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 for you.

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  10. How often will I have appointments?

    Appointments are scheduled according to each patient's needs. Most patients in braces will be seen every 4-6 weeks. If there are specific situations that require more frequent monitoring, we will schedule appointments accordingly.

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  11. Can I schedule all of my appointments after school?

    Unfortunately, we cannot schedule all appointments for patients after school hours. However, because most appointments are scheduled 4-6 weeks apart, most patients will miss minimal school due to their orthodontic treatments. There are a few appointments that we must see our patients 2 PM or earlier.  We will, however, make a sincere effort to meet your scheduling needs.

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  12. 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 so we ask that parents check in with our front desk staff before dropping their child off.

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  13. 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 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”

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  14. Can I return to school the day I my braces are put on?

    Yes. There is no reason to miss school because of an orthodontic appointment.

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  15. Do you give shots?

    No. Shots are not necessary in orthodontic treatment.

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  16. Do you use recycled braces?

    Absolutely not! It is our belief that each patient should be provided with their own braces to achieve the best orthodontic result possible.

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  17. Can I still play sports?

    Yes. We recommend a mouth guard for all sports.

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  18. Do I need to see my family dentist while in braces?

    Yes! Regular checkups with your family dentist are important while in braces. Your family dentist will determine the intervals between cleaning appointments while you are in braces.

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  19. Are there foods I can't eat while I have braces?

    Yes. Once treatment begins we will go over complete instructions and provide a comprehensive list of foods to avoid. Some of those foods include: ice, hard candy, raw vegetables and all sticky, tacky or chewy foods (i.e. caramel, taffy, gummy bears and such). You can avoid most emergency appointments to repair broken or damaged braces by carefully following our instructions.

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  20. How often should I brush my teeth while in braces?

    Patients should brush their teeth at least three times or more each day - after each meal and before going to bed. We will show each patient how to floss their teeth with braces and also provide a prescription for a special fluoride rinse.

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  21. What is an emergency appointment? How are those handled?

    If your braces break or they are causing extreme pain, you should call our office. In most cases, we can address these issues over the telephone. If you require an emergency appointment, we will schedule an appointment for you on our next business day.  If you have an emergency that can't wait, please call your dentits or go to the nearest emergency room.

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  22. Can orthodontic correction occur while a child has baby teeth?

    Yes. Some orthodontic problems are significant enough to require early intervention. However, if a patient is not yet ready for treatment, we will follow that patient's growth and development until the time is right for treatment to begin.

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  23. What is Phase I (early) treatment?

    Phase I treatment, if necessary, is usually initiated on children between the ages of 7 and 10. Phase I treatment lasts about 12-18 months. The primary objective for Phase I treatment is to address significant problems to prevent them from becoming more severe and to improve self-esteem and self-image.

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  24. Will my child need full braces if he/she has Phase I treatment?

    It is best to assume that your child will need full braces even after Phase I treatment. The period following Phase I treatment is called the "resting period," during which growth and tooth eruption are closely monitored. Throughout this period, parents and patients will be kept informed of future treatment recommendations.

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  25. Will my child need an expander?

    At the completion of the initial examination, the doctor will determine whether a patient will need an expander.

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  26. 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.

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  27. Can I wear braces even though I have crowns and missing teeth?

    Yes. A tooth with a crown will move just like a tooth with a simple filling. When teeth are missing, orthodontic treatment will aid in the alignment of the remaining teeth.

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  28. Why should you choose an orthodontic specialist?

    An Orthodontistis is a dental specialist who has completed an advanced post-doctoral course, accredited by the American Dental Association, of at least two academic years in the special area of orthodontics.  Teeth, and sometimes entire facial structures, are permanently changed by orthodontic treatment. It is important that the treatment be appropriate and properly completed. Orthodontic specialists have extensive and specialized training that enables them to provide their patients with professional, personalized treatments.

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