What is an orthodontist?
An orthodontist is a licensed dentist who has completed an additional two-to-three year residency in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics. This means that orthodontists are specialists in moving teeth properly, as well as modifying growth so that the teeth and jaws fit together correctly.
Do you need a referral from a dentist to see an orthodontist?
No, you don’t. You can see the orthodontist of your choice at anytime to get information about how orthodontic treatment could help you or your child. It may also be wise to get a second, or even a third opinion to compare prices and treatment recommendations of orthodontists in your area.
At what age should I bring my child to your office for an evaluation?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends the first orthodontics visit occur around age 7. This may be too early for treatment, but the orthodontist can educate you on things to watch for as your child’s teeth and surrounding structures develop.
Can you be too old for orthodontic treatment?
No! The teeth will move at any age. As far as correcting bite discrepancies, this is the most easily accomplished when there is still growth potential.
What are some signs that orthodontic treatment is needed?
Crowded teeth, spaces between teeth, overbites, underbites, crossbites, TMJ problems, missing teeth, over-retained baby teeth, or if you need modification of existing tooth positions to get ready for crowns or bridges.
How much does a new patient visit cost?
New patient exams are always free as are all pre-treatment check ups. No charges occur until orthodontic records are taken and treatment begins.
Are there different types of braces?
Yes! The type of braces used in a particular orthodontic practice depend upon the preference of the orthodontist. There are many types of metal braces, clear races, lingual braces, or even removable appliances like Invisalign. The pros and cons of each type of braces and their effectiveness of treating your specific case will be discussed at the free consultation appointment.
How much do braces cost? What financial options do you have available?
The price for orthodontic treatment varies according to the complexity of the treatment and the length of time that the braces are in place. This is something that will be discussed at the free consultation visit. You will be informed as to the different treatment options available for the correction of your or your child’s particular orthodontic problem and the fees associated with each option. Interest-free payments plans are available. No downpayment is required.
Does your office accept my orthodontic insurance?
Our office is a provider with Delta Dental, Cigna, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. We also accept most insurance plans. Even if we are not listed as a provider with your particular plan, there are usually out-of-network benefits available.