• General Questions

    What are the risks of orthodontic treatment?

    In a very few cases root resorption (shortening of the roots) may occur during orthodontics.  Under healthy conditions this is of no consequence. If a patient, however, develops periodontal disease; i.e. bone loss around the teeth, severe root resorption may reduce the longevity of the affected teeth.  It is important to know that root resorption can occur with or without orthodontic treatment.  It is nearly impossible to predict susceptibility to this condition. Injury, impaction, endocrine and other disorders may be responsible.

    How long do I need to keep wearing my retainers after my braces have been removed?

    Certain dental problems tend to relapse after braces have been removed.  Rotations, slight spaces in extraction sites or between upper front teeth, and crowding of the lower front teeth are examples of problems that tend to relapse.  For this reason, it is critical to carefully follow retention instructions. At times, we advise wearing retainers every night or a few nights each week for an indefinite period.

    I have had a retaining wire attached to my lower front teeth for quite a while, how long should I keep it?

    If you can maintain your hygiene (i.e. there is no excessive plaque or tartar buildup around your lower front teeth), and your teeth and gums are healthy, you should keep it indefinitely.  Studies from the University of Washington have shown that even after ten years of having a bonded retainer, teeth move within a few months in the absence of a retainer. 

    Is it required that my family dentist schedule my appointment with the orthodontist?
     No, it is not. Many of our patients are referred by their family dentist, yet many other patients take the initiative to schedule an examination themselves.
    At what age should I schedule an appointment for an orthodontic screening?
     The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child should get a check-up with an orthodontist no later than age 7.  By this age, enough permanent teeth have erupted and enough jaw growth has occurred that the orthodontist can identify current problems, anticipate future problems and alleviate parents’ concerns if all seems normal.
    What type of insurances do you accept?
    Maximizing insurance benefits is always a high priority.  Benefits to seeing an “in-network” provider can include discounted rates or a higher benefit level.  We participate in most insurance networks, including (but not limited to) Cigna, Aetna, MetLife, Delta Dental PPO and Premier, United Concordia, Anthem BlueCross, Assurant, United HealthCare, Guardian, and Principal Financial.  We also offer special discounts to Careington 500 or PPO, Vital Savings, and SmileNet cardholders, and reduced treatment fees for patients who have no dental insurance.