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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