What is the best age for an orthodontic evaluation?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children be seen by an orthodontist at the age of 7 years. This will allow the child’s growth and changing dentition to be monitored, as well as identify and intercept potential problems early. However, you are never too old to start orthodontic treatment, and people of all ages can reap the benefits.
Does my insurance cover treatment?
Many patients have an orthodontic rider on their insurance plan designed to cover 20% to 50% of the treatment fees. Insurance coverage for orthodontic treatment differs from company to company. If you bring your insurance information with you to your first appointment, we will be able to determine what portion of your treatment may be covered.
If treatment is started early, will the teeth move back out of alignment later on?
We intercept many orthodontic problems now by using better techniques for influencing growth and development, which means we get better and more stable results. When we are finished with treatment, our patients wear retainers to keep the results they have obtained in treatment.
Can all of my appointments be after school?
We are aware of and sympathetic to children’s school schedules. Therefore, we strive to minimize the number of times our patients have to miss any school. Sometimes, especially for procedures that require longer appointments, we need to schedule these appointments in the morning. Some of our patients prefer to come in the early morning and then go to school.
Do I see the doctor at every appointment?
How long do I have to wait at appointments?
We recognize that your time is very valuable. Our primary goal is to maintain our schedule and minimize your waiting time. When presenting your final treatment plan, we will give you an idea of the kind of schedule you will have for different appointments.
Can I eat anything that I want to?
Almost. We ask that our patients stay away from very hard things (ice cubes for example) and very sticky things (such as taffy and other candy). Also, some foods such as apples, carrots, and bagels should be cut into pieces. Please use common sense when choosing foods to eat.
Do braces hurt?
As a rule, braces do not hurt. Usually after an adjustment, your teeth will be sore for a day or two. This annoyance is relieved with an over-the-counter pain reliever if necessary.
Will I need to wear a retainer after treatment?
Yes. Even after our best orthodontic treatment, teeth will have a tendency to move slightly. A retainer is the only way to minimize this movement.
Are braces noticeable?
Braces were very noticeable when they went completely around the teeth. Today, most of the braces are bonded to the front of the teeth thereby eliminating the amount of metal on each tooth. It is also possible to have ceramic braces which blend in with your natural tooth color.
Will I talk funny with braces?
For the first day or two after you get your braces you may be more aware of your braces. Soon, however, they will become part of you and you will not have a problem with speech.
Will I have to have teeth removed for braces?
Removal of teeth is sometimes necessary for an orthodontic correction. However, with today’s techniques, the need for removing teeth is greatly reduced.
Can I still have braces even though I have crowns and missing teeth?
Yes, you can still have braces with crowns. When teeth are missing, orthodontic treatment will aid in the alignment of the remaining teeth so the missing teeth can be properly replaced.
Will braces leave marks on my teeth?
No. The bonding agents used today contain fluoride so the teeth underneath the braces are protected. However, if your oral hygiene is poor, the accumulation of plaque can result in the formation of marks on the teeth.
Why do I need braces if my teeth are straight?
The goal of orthodontic treatment is much more than straight teeth. The most important part of your smile is a good bite. Even though your teeth may be straight, your bite may be off and need correction.
Can I still have braces if I have some teeth missing?
Absolutely! Often when teeth are missing, adjacent teeth will drift into the empty space causing a periodontal, esthetic or functional problem. Orthodontic treatment will correct and prevent this from happening and also provide the proper alignment for your dentist to replace the missing teeth if you so choose.
Do you use recycled braces?
Absolutely not. Not only do we feel each patient should be provided with their own braces, we consider braces a tool to achieve optimum results. This is why we make the investment for quality braces and do not settle for worn, used, recycled braces.
How long will I be in braces?
Usually, treatment involves wearing braces fixed to your teeth for between 18 to 24 months. Some cases, due to complexity, will take longer to be completed.
How costly is orthodontic treatment?
The actual cost of treatment depends very much on the individual case and depends largely on the complexity of treatment. Many orthodontic problems require only limited treatment. You may be surprised to discover that orthodontics is less expensive than you thought.