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FAQ

1. Is it required that my family dentist schedule my appointment with the orthodontist?
No, it is not. Many of our patients are referred by their family dentist, yet many other patients take the initiative to schedule an examination themselves.
2. At what age should I schedule an appointment for an orthodontic screening?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic screening at age 7. By this age, several permanent teeth in most children have erupted, allowing us to effectively evaluate your orthodontic condition. In most cases treatment will not begin until an older age. However, there are a handful of conditions that are best treated early.
3. How do I schedule an appointment for an initial exam?
Simply call our office. We will be happy to schedule an appointment for you. When you call to schedule your appointment, our front office staff will request some basic information from you.
4. What will happen at the initial examination appointment?
Your first visit is very easy! First we will collect some general information from you. Then you will meet Dr. P or Dr. Chris. They will perform an examination of your teeth and bone structure to decide if orthodontic treatment is right for you. Some times the Dr.'s may request to take an x-ray to evaluate teeth that have not yet erupted. If at that point you and the Dr.'s decided to proceed to the next step, records will be taken.
5. Will I need to have teeth extracted for braces?
Removing teeth is sometimes required to achieve the best orthodontic result. Straight teeth and a balanced facial profile are the goal of orthodontics. However, because new technology has provided advanced orthodontic procedures, removing teeth is not always necessary for orthodontic treatment.
6. How long will it take to complete treatment?
Treatment time depends on each patient's specific orthodontic problem. The "average" time frame a person is in braces is approximately 18-24 months.
7. How much will braces cost? Are financing options available? How does my insurance work?
It is impossible to give an exact cost for treatment until we have examined you. Each treatment plan is created specifically for the patient, and so cost can vary. However, we will be able to give you a ballpark figure after your exam. Final cost are presented at the conference appointment after the Dr's have developed your treatment plan. At the conference we will also present several financing options to accommodate your needs. We will also review your insurance policy and help to maximize your benefit and file your claims.
8. How often will I have appointments?
Appointments are scheduled according to each patient's needs. Most patients in braces will be seen every 3 to 8 weeks. If there are specific situations that require more frequent monitoring, we will schedule appointments accordingly.
9. Can I schedule all of my appointments after school?
Unfortunately, we cannot schedule all appointments for students during after-school hours. Any appointment longer then 45 minutes will be scheduled in the morning. However, because most appointments are scheduled 6 to 8 weeks apart, most patients will miss minimal school due to their orthodontic treatments. We will, however, make a sincere effort to meet your scheduling needs.
10. Can I drop my child off for an appointment?
Yes. We understand your busy schedule, and we are happy to help you make the most of your time. On some occasions, we may request to speak with a parent when they return, so we ask that parents check in before dropping off their child.
11. Do braces hurt?
Generally, braces do not "hurt." After certain visits, teeth may be sore for a few days. In these situations, pain medications such as Advil or Tylenol will ease the discomfort. However, after most visits, patients do not feel any soreness at all!
12. Can I return to school the day I receive my braces?
Yes. There is no reason to miss school because of an orthodontic appointment.
13. Can I still play sports?
Yes. We recommend a mouth guard for all sports.
14. Do I need to see my family dentist while in braces?
Yes! Regular checkups with your family dentist are important while in braces. Your family dentist will determine the intervals between cleaning appointments while you are in braces.
15. Are there foods I cannot eat while I have braces?
Yes. Once treatment begins, we will explain the complete instructions and provide a comprehensive list of foods to avoid. Some of those foods include: ice, hard candy, raw vegetables and all sticky foods (i.e. starburst and skittles). You can avoid most emergency appointments to repair broken or damaged braces by carefully following our instructions.
16. Is it too late to have braces if I am already an adult?
A surprising percentage of our patients are adults. In fact, 25 percent of all orthodontic patients are adults. Health, happiness and self-esteem are vitally important to adults. No patient is "too old" to wear braces! Dr. P has treated patients as old as 80.
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