WHEN SHOULD A CHILD SEE AN ORTHODONTIST?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children have an orthodontic evaluation no later than age 7. Although treatment will not necessarily begin at this age, an examination is important to ensure maximum dental health for your child. With some patients early treatment achieves results that are unattainable once the face and jaws have finished growing.
AM I TOO OLD FOR BRACES?
There is no age limit to having braces. With people living longer and keeping their natural teeth, more adults are seeking the functional and esthetic benefits that braces can provide.
HOW MUCH DO BRACES COST?
Cost is dependent on the complexity of the case and the specifics of the necessary treatment. After records are gathered, goals are set and options are presented. Flexible payment plans are available to make treatment affordable.
HOW LONG DOES TREATMENT TAKE?
Each case is different. Simple treatment may take only a few months, while complex combination cases may several years to complete. After diagnostic records are taken, your doctor will be able to give you a better estimation.
WILL I HAVE TO WEAR RETAINERS?
Yes, in most cases. Several types of retainers are used that may be removable or fixed to the teeth. After the teeth are arranged properly, retainers are used to maintain their positions. Retainers are often worn full time for an initial period of time, then the patient can usually switch to night wear only.
CAN I MAKE AN APPOINTMENT OR DO I NEED TO BE REFERRED BY MY DENTIST?
It is not a requirement to be referred to us by your dentist. Often patients come to us who have learned about our extensive attention to the function of the bite, as well as the aesthetic benefits of orthodontics through friends and neighbors.
DO I NEED TO SEE MY FAMILY DENTIST WHILE IN BRACES?
Yes! Your family dentist plays an important role in optimum oral health. It is important to return to your dentist on a regular schedule for exams and oral hygiene visits throughout your orthodontic treatment.