The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children receive their first orthodontic examination at seven years of age. This is considered the optimal time for screening because by age seven, the first adult molars erupt, establishing the back bite.
During this time, an orthodontist can evaluate front to back and side to side tooth relationships. Usually at this age, orthodontic treatment is often not necessary. However, issues such as early loss of baby teeth, crowding, and crossbites can be identified and addressed. In many cases, treatment at this time can avoid the need for extraction of permanent teeth, and make future treatment easier and more effective.
If no treatment is warranted at this age, Dr. Roy can monitor growth and development, and begin treatment when it is ideal. Most patients begin treatment between the ages of ten and fifteen, but this varies with each individual patient. By age eleven and twelve, the majority of the permanent teeth have erupted. This is an excellent time to detect orthodontic problems and correct those issues.
Orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age, provided the gums and bone supporting the teeth are healthy. Crooked teeth and a bad bite can contribute to gum recession, bone loss and abnormal wear of the teeth.
More adults are seeking orthodontic treatment than ever before. An attractive smile is an asset, which will help you in both your personal and professional life. Braces are one of the best investments you can make for your self confidence and your health. Today’s braces are more comfortable, smaller and more cosmetically pleasing than in past years. You can choose ceramic (clear) braces, traditional braces or removable clear appliances in some instances.
In order for Dr. Roy to accurately diagnose and plan your treatment effectively, some additional information is required beyond what is found during the initial exam. This includes impressions, digital photographs, and a panoramic and cephalometric x-ray.
Shortly following this appointment, you will meet with Dr. Roy. He will discuss the x-rays and review the models of your teeth. Dr. Roy will fully explain your orthodontic treatment plan and what to expect. Additionally, our finance coordinator will explain the payment options available through our office and if you should have orthodontic insurance, she will determine your maximum benefit.
Traditional braces and most appliances including Clear Correct (Invisalign), require follow-up visits every 3-6 weeks depending upon your specific treatment plan. Each visit lasts approximately 20 to 30 minutes. Occasionally a longer appointment may be necessary. We will provide adequate notice so that you are able to plan accordingly. Following removal of your braces, we will begin the retention phase of your treatment.
We often use a clear form fitted retainer. In some cases, we also use a more traditional retainer that fits onto the roof of your mouth and surrounds the teeth with a wire. In some patients, fixed or bonded retainers are indicated. Should you break or lose your retainer, it is imperative that you contact the office to make arrangements to have a new one made or repaired.
Although we will monitor your retention for at least 12 months as part of your treatment, Dr. Roy recommends faithful retainer wear well into the future in order to maintain your orthodontic results. Remember to remove your retainer prior to eating and to brush your teeth before placing your retainer back into your mouth.
We work with all insurance providers and we accept and file insurance assignments to make sure your benefits are maximized. Please bring your insurance information with you to the initial exam so that we can determine your orthodontic benefits and expedite reimbursement.
There are many different agreements between insurance carriers and their subscribers, and each contract provides a different benefit. However, orthodontic insurance generally differs from regular dental insurance in that each insured individual usually has a lifetime maximum benefit for orthodontic services. This benefit is paid as a percentage of the orthodontic fee until the benefit maximum has been reached. Charges for lost or broken appliances or retainers are not usually covered by insurance.
For your convenience, we offer the following financing options:
Interest free monthly payments with a down payment
Visa and MasterCard accepted
FSA and HSA plans accepted
Discount for payment in full