What is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is the area of dentistry concerned with the supervision, guidance and correction of the dentofacial structures. Orthodontic treatment uses braces, retainers and other appliances to correct any dentofacial abnormalities. Regular dental check-ups and orthodontic treatment are proven to be effective tools in helping establish and maintain good oral health for people of all ages. Braces can be beneficial to both children and adults. Orthodontic treatment will result in a beautiful smile that will impact your self confidence for years to come.
What is an orthodontist?
An orthodontist is a specially trained dentist who has attended an advanced education program for a continual training period of two to three years. All members of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) have received the appropriate training.
When should I visit the orthodontist?
It’s never too late to have a beautiful smile! Adults should visit an orthodontist to improve the appearance of their smile and their overall dental health at any time. Some orthodontic corrections need to be made as early as three to five years of age, but ordinarily children should visit an orthodontist at the time permanent teeth begin to erupt in order to detect any deficiencies in the child’s teeth formation. This is usually between seven and 10 years of age. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children visit an orthodontist no later than age seven. An early visit may not result in children’s braces; however, Dr. Delgado can monitor the growth and alignment of teeth and address any orthodontic problems as they arise.
What can I expect on my first orthodontic visit?
Your initial visit to the orthodontist will give you an opportunity to meet the doctor and our knowledgeable staff, who will answer any questions you may have. You will receive a complimentary clinical examination and panoramic x-ray to determine whether orthodontic treatment is necessary. If treatment is required, Dr. Delgado will go over a treatment plan as well as an estimate of the treatment duration. Your treatment coordinator will answer any questions you may have concerning insurance, and will go over our flexible payment options. In most cases our patients are given the option to start treatment the same day as the initial examination. Our patients appreciate the fact that we are able to do everything in one appointment, so there is less time away from work or school.
Why are retainers so important?
Retainers help keep your teeth aligned at the completion of treatment. If they are not worn as instructed, your teeth will move.
How long will my orthodontic treatment last?
Treatment may last from 18 to 30 months, though this will vary depending on your individual case. Your cooperation in keeping scheduled orthodontic appointments, maintaining proper oral hygiene and taking care of your braces may allow you to finish your orthodontic treatment early.
When should I visit the dentist?
You should continue to see your dentist every six months or as directed by your dentist during orthodontic treatment for routine dental check ups and cleanings.
How much does orthodontic treatment cost?
Orthodontic fees depend on the complexity of the orthodontic problem, the age of the patient and the estimated length of treatment. Since each patient is different, a visit to the office for a complimentary examination will allow you to get a better idea of the fee. We offer a variety of payment options with low down payments, 0% interest, and affordable monthly payments.
How does insurance work?
Please provide us with your insurance information at your first appointment. We accept and file most insurance.