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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
While this depends on the individual cases, in most cases due to the technology used at our office no tooth extraction will be needed.
For most treatment plans, the doctor will need to see you every six to eight weeks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.