At what age should my child be seen by an orthodontist?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that age 6 is a good time to have an orthodontist take a look.  There are benefits to having some problems corrected early to avoid more complex treatment later.

How long does orthodontic treatment take?

Every person has individual needs and every person’s teeth move at different rates.  Typical orthodontic treatment lasts between one and two years as an adolescent or adult.  We will be able to be more accurate once we have meet and discuss the treatment.

Do we have to wait for all of my child’s baby teeth to fall out before we start orthodontic treatment?

No.  It is actually best to have initial consultations before all baby teeth are gone.  We can recognize signs of many problems before they occur and discuss what would be the best time to start.

How often do I have to return for check ups and adjustments?

Generally speaking, we see our braces patients about every eight to ten weeks and our Invisalign patients every three months.

Can I use Invisalign™ instead of braces?

It all depends on the type of orthodontic problem.  Many problems can be corrected with Invisalign but there are some problems where braces are better.

Do you treat TMJ?

Some cases of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders can be corrected with orthodontic treatment.  During the consultation we can discuss the effectiveness of treatment.

What kinds of braces do you use?

There are two basic types of braces – metal (stainless steel) and ceramic (clear).  There are many manufacturers of these braces.  We use a more technologically advanced type of brace that allows for easier tooth movement. Most kids prefer the metal braces because they like to add different colors at each visit.

What are retainers?

After the braces are removed retainers are removable devices made to fit your teeth and keep them aligned.  Usually patients wear them all day and night for the first few weeks after braces then they wear them at night while sleeping.  Retainers ensure that the orthodontic result is maintained over time.

Does dental insurance cover orthodontic treatment?

Only if you have an orthodontic rider on your dental insurance.  You can call your insurer to find out or we can do that once we have provided a consultation.

How much does orthodontic treatment cost?

The cost varies depending on the extent of treatment but we will be able to provide you with an accurate estimate at the time of your consultation visit.