Frequently Asked Questions
Is a referral from my family dentist required to schedule an appointment for an orthodontic consultation?
No it is not. Many of our patients are referred by their family dentist, but most are referred by family and friends.
How do I schedule an appointment for an initial consultation?
Simply call our office or send us an email! We will be happy to schedule your appointment. Our scheduling coordinator will request some basic information from you, followed by mailing to you a welcome packet including all of the information needed for your initial appointment.
Is it too late to have braces if I am already an adult?
More and more adults today are seeking the benefits of a beautiful, healthy smile. In our practice 30% of all orthodontic patients are over the age of 21. Health, happiness and self-esteem are vitally important at any age. It’s never too late!
What will I learn from the initial consultation?
There are five essential questions that the doctor will answer during the consultation:
What are your orthodontic concerns?
What are you orthodontic problems?
What must be done to correct your orthodontic concerns and problems?
How long will treatment take to complete?
How much will treatment cost?
How long will my treatment take to complete?
Treatment time depends on each patient’s specific orthodontic needs. A minor correction could take 4-6 months, whereas a more involved correction could take 24-30 months.
Do braces hurt?
Generally braces do not “hurt” but they do feel foreign at first and take about a week to get used to. After certain visits, teeth may be sore for a few days, so if you are medically able to an over the counter pain reliever such as Advil or Tylenol, it will provide relief.
How much will braces cost? Are financing options available? How does my insurance work?
Orthodontic fees depend on the complexity of the correction. We will explain the exact cost and financial options during the initial consultation. We have many financing options available to accommodate your needs, and we will review each of these with you.
How often will I have appointments?
Appointments are scheduled according to each patient’s needs. Most patients are seen every 6 to 8 weeks.
Do I continue to see my family dentist while in braces?
Yes! We recommend seeing your family dentist at least every 6 months for a thorough cleaning and examination while undergoing orthodontic treatment.
Are there foods I cannot eat while I have braces?
Yes, once your treatment begins we will provide you with complete diet instructions and a list of foods to avoid. These include the chewy, crunchy, and sticky items such as ice, hard candy, caramel, nuts, taffy, etc. that can distort or break your braces. You can avoid extra repair appointments and reduce your time in braces by carefully following these instructions.
How often should I brush my teeth while in braces?
Excellent oral hygiene is a must with braces. Patients should thoroughly brush at least 3-4 times each day; after each meal and before going to bed. Once your treatment begins, we will provide special toothbrushes, flossing aids, toothpaste and mouth rinses to help you achieve a beautiful, healthy smile.
Why should I choose an orthodontic specialist?
An orthodontist is a specialist in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. All orthodontists are dentists, but only about six percent of dentists are orthodontists.