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FAQ

FAQ

 

Does my family dentist have to schedule my appointment?

While your family dentist might choose to make a referral, you are not required to have one before you visit us. However, we do recommend that you have a family dentist and see him or her regularly during treatment. If you do not currently have a dentist, we will recommend one to you.

How long does the average treatment take?

Each patient and their needs are unique.  In general, treatment will last between one and two years.  To get a more specific number, we will need to see you in office.

How much will braces cost?

The exact cost of braces will depend on the type of treatment and your individual needs. Once we see you in person, we can give you an estimate. Please keep in mind that we have several financing options available for you to choose from. We are committed to find a plan that fits your budget.

Will treatment be painful?

Treatment should not be painful, but you might find yourself feeling sore from time to time, especially when appliances are first placed and then anytime they are tightened.  Simple, over-the-counter pain relievers will address the problem.

Is it okay to start orthodontic treatment if a child still has baby teeth?

Yes, and in many cases, it is the ideal time to begin treatment.  For some patients, early treatment means avoiding complicated surgeries and tooth extractions.  Every child should be seen an orthodontist at the age of seven as recommended by American Association of Orthodontists.

Will I need to have teeth pulled before I can start treatment?

While this depends on the individual cases, in most cases due to the technology used at our office no tooth extraction will be needed.

How often will I need to see the doctor?

For most treatment plans, the doctor will need to see you every six to eight weeks.

Do you offer appointments before or after school or work hours?

We work hard to accommodate your needs and schedule.  However, you will need to have some of your appointments during the day.  We will provide a doctor’s note for school or work if necessary.

Can my child attend his or her appointment alone?

We do allow parents to drop off their children, but we ask that you come in and speak with us when you pick your child up.  This allows us to make sure you are in the loop regarding treatment and ensures your child has the support he or she needs to be successful.

What should I expect from a typical visit?

After we get the patient settled in, we will review the charts to see what is planned and go over that with you.  The doctor will be consulted before any treatment is completed and you will be seen by the doctor before the appointment is finished.

How long will each visit be?

Expect most visits to be about 20-30 minutes unless an appliances are being placed or repositioned.  Visits where the appliances are placed can take an hour and a half.

What happens when a patient is not ready for treatment?

When we encounter a patient who will need orthodontic treatment in the future but isn’t ready just yet, we place the patient in our growth guidance program and our exciting kid’s club.  With this program, we will ask the patient to come in periodically so we can monitor progress and catch the perfect moment for starting treatment.  These visits are completely free of charge.

What happens if I miss my appointment or have to cancel?

Please call us as soon as possible if you experience a change in schedule.  Even if we are closed, we ask that you call and leave a message.  We will reschedule at your earliest continence.  Please remember that delayed treatment means delayed results.

How are emergency appointments handled?

Emergencies are rare in the world of orthodontics.  If something is causing you pain, called our 24-hour line and we will help you as soon as possible.

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