The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that patients be screened for orthodontic needs at age 7. But we are happy to see a patient at any age that you or your dentist notice a problem, most patients are seen around 8.5 years old.
Appointments vary according to the type of treatment. With good brushing and care of the appliances, many patients can be seen every 8 weeks. Old fashioned braces required that patients be seen every month. Thankfully, today’s orthodontic appliances have a wider range of action. They move teeth more comfortably, in less time, and they require fewer adjustments.
There is no one cost for orthodontics. Everyone’s bite is different and some treatments are less complex and shorter while others are more complex and longer. The doctor will set your fee according to the treatment that you choose. We are happy to see you for a complimentary initial exam during which the doctor will tell you if you have a problem that requires treatment. If you do, the doctor will provide you with the options for treatment along with the time required and cost of each option.
We participate with many insurance plans. For most plans, the insurance will pay a lifetime maximum amount that varies according to that insurance and the type of treatment. But insurance is very complex, so the best thing is to call us and ask about your particular situation.
Age is just a number. What really matters is the condition of the teeth, bone and gums. This is what determines if someone is a candidate for orthodontic treatment. We do a thorough screening to determine if our patients are good candidates for orthodontic treatment.
For most people the answer is ‘no’. Everyone and some people are more sensitive to the feeling of the braces and any pressure that they create, than others. For most children, it takes three days to get used to the braces. For adults, it usually takes three to five days to get used to the braces, Invisalign or lingual braces.
Of course it varies according to each individuals own needs, but treatments tend to range from a couple of months to a couple of years. The good news is that treatments that used to require two to three years, now require a year and a half.