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Why see an orthodontist or pediatric dentist?

Orthodontists and pediatric dentists are dental specialists who have received at least two additional years of full-time training in a residency after graduating dental school. This additional training uniquely prepares them to provide you and your children with the best possible care and experience in achieving great dental health and appearance.

Do I need a referral from my dentist to see the pediatric dentist or orthodontist?

No! Although we welcome patients referred by their general dentist, you can call us directly and schedule a consultation without a referral. It also does not affect your insurance benefits to schedule directly with us.

When should children get their first dental check-up?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends a check-up when the first teeth erupt or at least by age one. At this visit we can instruct the parent on how to care for their child's teeth and what to expect in growth and development.

When should children get an orthodontic evaluation?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends no later than age 7 or when a concern is detected by the dentist or parent. Some problems can be better treated at an early age but we welcome patients of all ages (including adults!) for an orthodontic evaluation to see how great their smile can be. And the initial orthodontic consultation is complimentary.

Can older teens or adults benefit from orthodontic treatment?

Of course! In fact, about 25-30% of orthodontic patients are over age 18. And options like Invisalign make treatment for adults more comfortable and less noticable than ever.

Do you sedate children for dental care?

Every child is unique so we determine the best treatment options individually for each patient. Many children can be treated without any medication if managed properly. Sometimes "laughing gas" can help them relax for dental procedures and if needed oral sedation can be used. Hospital dentistry where the child is "put to sleep" can be utilized if the patient can not cooperate for treatment in the office.

Will insurance pay for treatment?

Insurance payments depend on the specific policy benefits convering the patient. We try to help our patients get the most of any insurance benefits they have and most dental plans can be accepted at our office. Rarely does dental or orthodontic insurance pay for 100% of dental treatment, so the patient will have some financial responsibility. For our orthodontic patients we offer several payment options to make treatment affordable.

How long does braces or Invisalign treatment take?

Orthodontic treatment is usually 1-3 years, with 18 months being average. We can give you a better idea at a complimentary orthodontic consulation.

At what age does my child have to leave the pediatric dental office?

We see pediatric patients from newborn to 20 years old. Usually sometime from 18-20 years old the patient is ready to see a general dentist for continued dental care.

How much does orthodontic treatment cost?

The fee depends on the complexity of the treatment and patient evaluation is necessary before an exact amount can be determined. We do not charge for the inital no-obligation orthodontic consultation, so it costs you nothing to find out the recommended treatment, finanical investment and time involved. And, we do not charge extra for Invisalign treatment, so it is the same cost as braces in our office. We work with insurance and offer several payment plans to help you fit orthodontic treatment into your budget.

How long should retainers be worn?

The short answer is "as long as you want your teeth to be straight." Like the rest of your body, teeth change with time and that change is usually to crowd more. However, you can keep the teeth aligned with regular retainer wear. Every night is ideal for the rest of your life, but many patients maintain good alignment with 4-5 nights per week. Retainers do wear out and should be replaced as recommended by your orthodontist.