What is orthodontics and why is it important?
Orthodontics is the area of dentistry that is involved with improving a person's smile by positioning the teeth, lips, and jaws into a more harmonious and esthetic relationship. Teeth will be easier to keep clean and less likely to chip or wear unevenly and more likely to last your lifetime. Improvement in the alignment of the teeth and jaws will increase a person's self-esteem since they will not feel the need to hide their smile.

When is the best time to begin orthodontics?
There is no one exact time that is best for everyone to start orthodontic treatment. The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that an initial exam be done around the age of 7. At this time, the first permanent teeth are starting to erupt. This allows the orthodontist to evaluate developing problems of the jaws and teeth and then determine whether any treatment can begin or if continued monitoring is the better route.

What will happen at the initial examination appointment?
Once the health history form and other paperwork have been completed, the orthodontist will perform a detailed clinical exam. Orthodontic radiographs and/or photographs may be advised to help determine if you are a candidate for treatment. General information about orthodontic problems and the benefits of treatment will be discussed. You are welcome to ask questions. At the end of this appointment, potential treatment options will be presented.

Why should you choose an orthodontic specialist?
An orthodontist is a dentist who has completed a minimum of two years in a residency program where intensive training in the evaluation and treatment for a variety of problems involving the teeth and jaws is done.

What kinds of braces are available?
Miniature metal brackets are still chosen by most people for their orthodontic treatment. In addition, gold plated braces are available as are tooth colored brackets for those who wish to use a more esthetic option. Clear, plastic removable aligners can also be used for certain types of tooth movement.

Can I wear braces even though I have crowns and missing teeth?
Yes. There may be certain limitations as to what is feasible, but teeth that are crowned will move like other teeth. If a tooth is missing, many family dentists will recommend orthodontic treatment to align adjacent teeth, which helps in restoring the missing tooth.

How much will braces cost? Are financing options available? How does my insurance work?
The cost will vary widely depending upon what the treatment goals are for each individual. This is because a treatment plan is designed to meet the unique needs of each individual. In addition, it is also dependent upon if one or both arches are treated, the complexity of the case, the type of braces used in addition to what auxiliary appliances may be used. Fees are discussed in detail before any treatment is started.

Payment plans are available to help make orthodontic treatment more affordable. An initial fee is due at the beginning of treatment with 0% interest and monthly payments. We also accept payment by VISA, MASTERCARD, and DISCOVER.

Discounted fees are available if the total fee is paid at the start of treatment. We also offer a discount if treating more than one immediate family member at the same time. We accept most insurance plans and will file the necessary paperwork to help determine your coverage benefits. We do accept assignment of benefits. Please remember you are fully responsible for all fees charged by this office regardless of your insurance coverage. Any remaining balance after your insurance has paid is your responsibility.