Questions and Answers About Orthodontic Treatment


How dDo I Get Started?

New patient consultations are always complimentary.

If you are interested in orthodontic treatment for yourself or your child, simply call our office to schedule a new patient consultation.

Remember to bring your insurance card to your first appointment so that we can determine your future out of pocket expenses.

How much does it cost?

Initial consultations are complimentary and costs for subsequent treatment can vary substantially depending on the nature of each case and the type of treatment. Each person must be examined by a doctor prior to determining costs for treatment.orthodontic treatment

Do you offer flexible payment options?

Yes, we offer very flexible payment options with low down payments. Because orthodontic treatment is accomplished over an extended period of time requiring multiple appointments, reimbursement for most treatment regimes is structured as payment plans. You will be quoted the total cost of your treatment and, prior to beginning treatment, a down payment will be due. The remaining balance will then be divided into a number of monthly payments depending on the number of months estimated to complete your treatment.

How often do patients come in for adjustments?

Most of our patients are generally seen at 3-6 week intervals depending upon individual circumstances.

Why even the most beautiful teeth may still need orthodontic treatment

The long-term integrity of any structure is ultimately determined by the quality of its foundation. While appearances may look healthy and normal, underneath the facade, inadequate supporting structures may be fatiguing under otherwise tolerable stress. It may take many years before you notice the damage – but then its too late.

The primary objective of orthodontics is to establish the foundation for long-term health of the teeth and jaws. Without this foundation damage is inevitable. For instance, crowded teeth are not only unsightly, they also create uncleansable crevices for bacterial growth which leads to chronic infection and recession of the gums. This goes unnoticed until the teeth are straightened and large spaces between the teeth are revealed where the supporting tissues have eroded. Non-ideal bite relationships leave one prone to irregular and severe tooth wear, chipping of teeth, fractures of teeth, and TMJ problems. Although your teeth or your child’s teeth may look good, there are many other reasons beyond esthetics and cosmetics that warrant orthodontic treatment. Perhaps the greatest benefits of comprehensive orthodontic treatment are not related to cosmetics but to the long-term prevention by establishing the proper foundation. Almost everyone can benefit substantially from an investment in orthodontic treatment.orthodontist

Will My Teeth Stay Straight?

Following orthodontic treatment, your teeth will surely move back to their mal-aligned positions unless a “retainer” is in place to hold the teeth in their new positions. Retainers should be worn full time for at least one year. After the first year, removable retainers may be worn only at night (permanent retainers should be kept in place indefinitely). Although the degree of stability increases over time, your teeth will always be capable of moving out of line unless they are being held in place by a retainer. Therefore, retention is forever! The goal is to “maintain” the correct position of the teeth for a lifetime by holding them with some type of retainer.
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Get The Auto Insurance You Deserve

Tips And Tricks That Will Help You Get The Auto Insurance You Deserve

Buying and maintaining auto insurance is imperative to protecting not only your vehicle but yourself, your passengers, pedestrians and other motorists. Although the vast majority of states require you to purchase a certain level of auto insurance, the minimums they set are often insufficient, and some people choose to ignore the law altogether. The following article provides you with important information on the different types of auto insurance and how it can adequately cover you in the event of an accident.car insurance
To save money on your car insurance, choose a car make and model that does not require a high insurance cost. For example, safe cars like a Honda Accord are much cheaper to insure than sports cars such as a Mustang convertible. While owning a convertible may seem more desirable at first, a Honda will cost you less.
When insuring a teenage driver, save money on your car insurance by designating only one of your family’s vehicles as the car your son or daughter will drive. This will save you from paying the increase for all of your vehicles, and the cost of your car insurance will rise only by a small amount.
When considering auto insurance for a young driver, keep in mind the type of car in relation to the type of insurance you are buying. If the car itself is not worth that much money, pay special attention to the extras on the claim, as well as the deductible amount. Most providers will work with you, based on your choices.
One of the best ways to get great deals on automobile insurance is to speak to someone in person or at least on the phone. Insurance is automated and very easy to get online, but actually speaking with someone allows for the back-and-forth Q “�n’ A session that may introduce you to some discounts you did not previously know about.
When you are driving on the road, make sure that you obey the speed limit. There is no reason to get unnecessary tickets, which can cost you a lot of money and raise your insurance rates over the year. Drive safely if you want to increase your cash at hand.
Do the math before filing an insurance claim to see if it is worth it. Insurance companies love to raise rates on drivers who file claims, it’s the nature of the industry. Avoid making claims that aren’t going to net you much money back. If you are filing a claim for two hundred dollars, is it really worth the extra premiums you’ll pay in the future?
If you’re planning on buying a new car, choosing one that is less desirable to thieves will lower your insurance rate. Online, you can find lists of the cars reported stolen most often and it’s likely that they are the same lists that your insurance company uses to calculate your premium. Use this information as part of your research into which car you should buy.
Being involved in a traffic accident can be a traumatic experience. However, some of the worry can be relieved by having the right auto insurance coverage. By following the advice and tips offered in this article, you can save money, gain peace of mind and learn how to take advantage of all the benefits that your auto insurance policy has to offer. More on this website

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Residential Pest Control Services

Residential Pest Control Services

I have discovered small, worm-like bugs which are tan colored and taper at one end to a darker brown color. They are living in the carpet and area rugs. What are they? How can I remove them?
The description sounds like carpet beetles or cabinet beetles. These beetles feed on wooden items as well as dead insects, pet and human hair, and food items. They can be very difficult to control so it is recommended you consult a professional.pest control

What can I do to keep spiders out of my home?
You can take the following steps to minimize spiders in your home or apartment: seal all cracks around windows and door frames and around light fixtures, vents and ceiling fans; seal all openings around pipes; place sticky traps designed for cockroaches near doorways; and regularly remove webs and spiders by vacuuming.
What is the best way to treat a flea-infested home?
Flea control requires treatment of pets and the infested premises. Vacuuming removes soils and debris that might interfere with the treatment, removes adult fleas, and opens carpet fibers so the treatment can penetrate to flea larvae and pupae. An insect growth regulator (IGR) should be used together with a product targeted at the adult fleas. The IGR affects only the flea larvae and prevents them from molting into adult fleas which do the biting. It is important to treat pets the same day as the home is treated and to consult a veterinarian.

Are there really such things as “bed bugs?”
Bed bugs are small, oval, reddish-brown insects that are approximately 1/4-inch long as adults. They live in cracks in beds and walls as well as in furniture near beds. At night, they will crawl into the bed and bite a sleeping person. The bite is usually not painful and, fortunately, bed bugs do not transmit any diseases. Bed bugs can prove difficult to control so a professional should be consulted.bed bugs
We have several small, almost microscopic bugs around our windows and sliding glass door. They are reddish-brown; and when killed, they make a tiny red dot that looks like blood. What are they, and should we be concerned if they are increasing?
The description sounds like clover mites that live in the grass and invade homes during the spring. During the fall, the adults will deposit eggs in cracks in the outside of buildings. When these eggs hatch in the spring, the tiny, red mite “larvae” crawl up the foundation and find their way inside. This problem is usually remedied by treating the exterior foundation and the ground several feet out from the house.
I have these bugs with multiple legs and long, thin bodies – like worms. They move slowly and are creepy. What are they and what should I do?
These sound like they are millipedes which are related to insects. They live in moist areas outside and feed on organic matter in mulch, lawns, and leaf litter. When it gets too hot, too wet or too dry, millipedes may try to enter a home. You will need to seal cracks and holes in the home’s exterior walls. Keep mulch under 2 inches thick and try to keep it 10-12 inches from the foundation of your home. You may want to treat the foundation and ground around the home or call in a professional company.

How do I know if I have house centipedes?
If they have very long legs, they are likely house centipedes that can breed indoors and feed on spiders and insects. Homes with house centipedes usually have a crawlspace or basement underneath where the centipedes harbor. You may want to consult a professional to inspect.
What harm can Earwigs cause, and how can they be eliminated?
Earwigs do not bite and are not dangerous. In order to control them, treat cracks in the home’s exterior and outdoor harborage sites (woodpile, landscape timbers, etc.). A residual aerosol or dust insecticide labeled for indoor crack and crevice treatment should be used indoors. Outdoors, a suitable exterior household insecticide can be applied to areas where earwigs might live. If the infestation is large, hire a professional.

I’ve heard that silverfish are extremely difficult to control. Is this true? If so, what should I do?
They are difficult to eliminate because they often hide deep within walls or attics where treatments are difficult to apply. Apply a residual pest control dust product into all cracks and voids where activity has been seen and continue treatment for several months. Experience has shown that homes with wood shingle roofs typically have the most silverfish infestations.
What can I do to keep crickets from taking over the exterior of my home and office?
Crickets are attracted to buildings by bright exterior lights. Changing commercial lighting to sodium vapor lamps and home lighting to yellow “bug light bulbs” greatly reduces the numbers of crickets. In addition, limit heavy ground cover (such as ivy), especially next to the building. Remove any sites where crickets could harbor, such as piles of lumber and bricks. Additionally, seal exterior cracks and holes and make sure all doors have weather-stripping on the bottom.residential pest control

I think I have a gnat problem, but I’m not sure. What should I do?
It is very important to identify these flies or gnats. If the fly is tiny and black, it may be a fungus gnat that lives in the wet soil of potted plants. Small tan flies with red eyes are fruit flies that breed in fresh fruit and garbage. The first step is to identify the type of fly.
I have a problem with flies in my house during the fall and winter. They are black and 1/4-inch in size. What type of flies are these, and what can I do about them?
If they hold their wings flat over their abdomens, they are likely cluster flies. These flies enter the walls and attics of homes in large numbers to survive the winter. On warmer days, they may crawl into the living spaces of the home. Once inside the walls, they are difficult, if not impossible, to eliminate. You need a professional to inspect the home and make recommendations for sealing cracks where flies could enter. Treatments can be applied that can greatly reduce the numbers of flies seen inside.
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Truck Accident Attorneys in Austin & Houston, TX

Truck Accident Attorneys in Austin & Houston, TX

Our firm represents individuals and the families of individuals who have been seriously injured or killed in Texas trucking accidents. These accidents, which involve large, over-the-road tractor trailers (also known as “18-wheelers”) are generally the most deadly we see.truck accident attorneys

Trucking accident statistics are frightening: Every year, 500,000 large trucks, or “semis,” are involved in accidents on our roads. In fact, 1 out of every 8 people killed in a traffic accident in the United States is killed in an accident involving a truck.

Truck accident litigation involves claims against negligent truck drivers and the trucking companies who hire them. Under the law of Texas and most states, a driver of a large truck is considered to have an even greater standard of care than other drivers, because of the injuries that their large trucks can cause. Collisions caused by a truck’s failure, faulty inspection and upkeep, or a truck driver’s negligence can lead to the most catastrophic injuries on U.S. roadways.

Truck drivers repeatedly break federal laws by driving:
While fatigued
In excess of the amount of hours they are allowed to drive
With oversized trucks
With overloaded trucks
With improper maintenance
With an inability to see at night
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There are three reasons why truck accidents are so dangerous: size, speed and driver fatigue. A fully loaded truck is a huge piece of machinery. When you put something that heavy on the road at speeds topping 60 miles an hour, you get a monster that can run over anything in its path. If you add the growing problem of driver fatigue and truck drivers’ being under constant pressure to move cargo – there can be deadly consequences. A recent study revealed that 20 percent of long-haul truck drivers reported they had fallen asleep at the wheel during the last 30-day period. It’s no wonder that people are killed when one in five drivers admit to falling asleep, leaving these giants with no one at the wheel. If you have been a victim in a Truck Accident in Houston or Austin call us today

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