New Patients, Welcome!
Both children and adults can benefit from a beautiful, healthy smile. Straight teeth not only make it easier to brush and floss, they also play an important role in building self esteem, confidence and a positive self-image.
We care deeply about engaging with our patients and their families to learn about each unique individual we are so fortunate to meet, so please feel free to bring everyone along! Don't worry, there is plenty of room!
Why Orthodontics? Why an Orthodontist?
Orthodontists are specialists in the movement of teeth and alignment of the jaws. As a science and an art, orthodontics as a specialty has been practiced for over 100 years! While all orthodontists are dentists first, ONLY orthodontic specialists limit the scope of their practice to perfecting tooth movement and jaw alignment.
Orthodontic treatment used to be postponed until the adolescent years, when all permanent teeth were present in the mouth. Through the years, research has revealed that many orthodontic problems are best treated earlier to take full advantage of the critical growth and development that takes place in younger children.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child have an orthodontic evaluation by age 7 (or earlier if a problem is detected). Most often nothing is necessary at this young age, but an early examination allows us to monitor the development of the teeth and jaws which leads to better treatment planning. There is typically no charge for this evaluation and it allows children an opportunity to get comfortable in the orthodontic setting prior to any work needing to be done.
Early intervention, if indicated, can significantly reduce the need for future complicated treatments such as the extraction of permanent teeth or even jaw surgery. The early adolescent growth period provides an opportunity to easily correct tooth and jaw problems that cannot be addressed in the same way during the pre-teen or teenage years. These positive results produce positive orthodontic experiences, which is our goal.
Beautiful, healthy smiles are possible for almost anyone. If you never had orthodontic treatment as a child, or if your teeth have shifted over the years, you never outgrow the option of correcting your bite or straightening your teeth! Properly aligned teeth are not only easier to clean, they can go a long way to improving a person's self-image. Let us know what you or your dentist's concerns are and we will provide you with all of the possible treatment options. We believe that informed patients are the best patients and that involving our patients in their own treatment decisions is the best path to success!
Your First Visit
We always look forward to welcoming new patients to our office. Introducing ourselves and getting to know so many wonderful people is what we enjoy most. Your first visit will be a simple and pleasant one. After gathering a series of photos and x-rays, one or both of our doctors will complete an examination and we will discuss all of the details relating to the treatment process. Our doctors communicate about each and every patient that walks through our door and we believe that this allows us to provide the most thorough patient care available.
Often times, the first visit reveals that the patient is not quite ready to begin treatment, and that waiting for more growth and development is the best course of action. We will always correspond with your dentist to communicate the details of active treatment or our plan for watchful waiting. Your first visit, as well as any scheduled follow-up visits are complimentary.
The cost of orthodontic treatment varies depending on individual needs and the treatment plan. During your initial visit, all details regarding the cost of treatment will be discussed and explanations of all available payment options will be presented. Orthodontic treatment is an incredibly valuable investment in dental health and overall well-being. We want you to love your smile and will work with you to create a payment plan that fits your budget.
Leave it to us. Our office staff has decades of experience dealing with orthodontic insurance benefits and will make sure that you have a good understanding of what your insurance will provide.
In order to make treatment affordable and convenient for everyone, our office accepts most major credit cards and insurance plans. Rest assured that our treatment coordinators have the experience and ability to create individually tailored payment options to fit every budget. We also offer interest-free, extended payment options to lower monthly payment amounts.
Parts of Braces:
Appliance - Anything your orthodontist attaches to your teeth that moves your teeth or changes the shape of your jaw.
Archwire - The metal wire that acts as a track to guide your teeth as they move. It is changed periodically throughout treatment as your teeth move to new positions.
Band - A metal ring that is cemented to your tooth that goes completely around it. Bands provide a way to attach brackets to your teeth.
Bond - The seal created by orthodontic cement that holds your appliances in place.
Bracket - A metal or ceramic part cemented (“bonded”) to your tooth that holds your archwire in place.
Coil Spring - A spring that fits between your brackets and over your archwire to open space between your teeth.
Elastic (Rubber Band) - A small rubber band that is hooked between different points on your appliance to provide pressure to move your teeth to a new position.
Elastic Tie - The tiny rubber band that fits around your bracket to hold the archwire in place. They come in a variety of colors.
Headgear - Headgear uses an external wire apparatus known as a facebow to guide the growth of your face and jaw gently by moving your teeth into proper position. The force is applied to the facebow by a spring-loaded neck strap or head strap. The straps have a safety release that disconnects if the facebow is pulled or snagged.
Headgear Tube - A round, hollow attachment on your back bands. The inner bow of your headgear fits into it.
Hook - A welded or removable arm to which elastics are attached.
Ligature - A thin wire that holds your archwire into your bracket.
Lip Bumper - A lip bumper is an archwire attached to a molded piece of plastic. The lip bumper holds back the molars on your lower jaw to provide more space for your other teeth.
Mouthguard - A device that protects your mouth from injury when you participate in sports or rigorous activities.
Palatal Expander - A device that makes your upper jaw wider.
Retainer - An appliance that is worn after your braces are removed, the retainer attaches to your upper and/or lower teeth to hold them in place. Some retainers are removable, while others are bonded to the tongue side of several teeth.
Separator or Spacer - A small rubber ring that creates space between your teeth before the bands are attached.
Tie Wire - A fine wire that is twisted around your bracket to hold the archwire in place.
Wax - Wax is used to stop your braces from irritating your lips.
Banding - The process of fitting and cementing orthodontic bands to your teeth.
Bonding - The process of attaching brackets to your teeth using special orthodontic cement.
Cephalometric X-ray - An X-ray of your head that shows the relative positions and growth of the face, jaws, and teeth.
Consultation - A meeting with your orthodontist to discuss a treatment plan.
Debanding - The process of removing cemented orthodontic bands from your teeth.
Debonding - The process of removing cemented orthodontic brackets from your teeth.
Impressions - A model of your mouth made by biting into a soft material that hardens into a mold of your teeth. Your orthodontist will use these impressions to prepare your treatment plan.
Invisalign® - An alternative to traditional braces, Invisalign straightens your teeth with a series of clear, custom-molded aligners. Invisalign can correct some, but not all, orthodontic problems.
Ligation - The process of attaching an archwire to the brackets on your teeth.
Panoramic X-ray - An X-ray that rotates around your head to take pictures of your teeth, jaw, and other facial areas.