Frequently Asked Questions

Does my family dentist need to refer me for an orthodontic consultation or evaluation?

No, it’s not necessary. Many of our patients are referred by their family dentist, yet many other patients take the initiative to schedule an examination themselves.

I have a broken bracket or poking wire. What should I do?

Call the office and make them aware of the situation, but don’t worry: most issues can be taken care of at home until you are able to be seen at the office. For a poking wire, use a pencil eraser and “tuck” the wire away from the gum or cheek, and cover with wax. A clean pair of nail clippers can also be used to “clip” the wire close to the bracket. Then cover with wax. If a bracket comes loose from the tooth or wire, KEEP IT! Call the office so that additional time may be added to your next appointment to reattach the bracket.

At what age should I schedule an appointment for an orthodontic screening?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic screening at age 7. By this age, several permanent teeth in most children have erupted, allowing us to effectively evaluate your orthodontic condition. Some orthodontic corrections (expansion and jaw development) are most effective at earlier ages.

Can my general dentist provide orthodontic treatment? What about DYI or Club orthodontics?

While a dentist is permitted to perform orthodontic treatment, like Invisalign, they have not had the extensive training in tooth movement that an orthodontic specialist has had. An orthodontist completes four years of dental school AND and additional 2-3 years of specialty training in tooth movement and orthodontics. An orthodontic specialist will closely monitor the progress of your treatment with regular appointments and can quickly address any problems or issues that may arise vs. DYI and Club orthodontics. Severe oral damage and tooth loss can occur with improperly monitored tooth movement.

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