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Frequently Asked Questions

How much will braces cost?

The cost of orthodontic care is determined by the length of time in treatment and the difficulty associated with correcting the bite. We have several different payment options for orthodontic treatment that require little to no down payment. Any assistance with dental insurance will be provided to you at no additional cost.

How long will it take to complete treatment?

Treatment time depends on each patient’s specific orthodontic problem. In general, treatment can last anywhere from 8 months to 30 months.

The “average” time frame for a person in braces is approximately 18-24 months.

Will I need to have teeth extracted for braces?

Removing teeth is sometimes required to achieve the best orthodontic results. Straight teeth and a balanced facial profile are the goal of orthodontics. However, because new technology has provided advanced orthodontic procedures, removing teeth is not always necessary for orthodontic treatment.

What will I learn from the initial examination?

There are five essential questions that we will cover during the initial examination:

- Is there an orthodontic problem, and if so, what is it?
- What must be done to correct the problem?
- Will any teeth need to be removed?
- How long will the treatment take to complete?
- How much will the treatment cost?

What will happen at the initial examination appointment?

Upon arriving, each patient will be asked for new patient forms and an insurance card. Dr. Schwab will then complete a thorough clinical exam. Additional procedures, such as X-rays or photographs, may be needed for proper diagnosis.

Will my teeth straighten out as they grow?

No, they will not. The space available for the front teeth does not increase as you grow.

In most people, after the permanent molars erupt, the space available for the front teeth decreases with age.

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 their orthodontic condition.

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, while others schedule an examination themselves.

How often will I have appointments?

Appointments are scheduled according to each patient’s needs. Most patients in braces will be seen every 4 to 8 weeks. If there are specific situations that require more frequent monitoring, we will schedule appointments accordingly.

Can I drop my child off for an appointment?

Yes. We understand your busy schedule, and we are happy to help you make the most of your time. On some occasions, we may request to speak with a parent when they return, so we ask that parents check-in with their patient manager before dropping off their child.

Do you use recycled braces?

Absolutely not! It is our belief that each patient should be provided with their own braces to achieve the best orthodontic result possible.

Can I still play sports with braces?

Yes. We recommend a mouth guard for all sports.

Do I need to see my family dentist while in braces?

! Regular checkups with your family dentist are important while in braces.

Your family dentist will determine the intervals between cleaning appointments while you are in braces.

Are there foods I cannot eat while I have braces?

Yes. Once treatment begins, we will explain the complete instructions and provide a comprehensive list of foods to avoid.

Some of those foods include: ice, hard candy, raw vegetables, and all sticky foods (i.e. caramel and taffy). You can avoid most emergency appointments to repair broken or damaged braces by carefully following our instructions.

Can orthodontic correction occur while a child has baby teeth?

Yes. Some orthodontic problems are significant enough to require early intervention.

However, if a patient is not yet ready for treatment, we will follow that patient’s growth and development until the time is right for treatment to begin.

Is it too late to have braces if I am already an adult?

A large percentage of our patients are adults. In fact, 25 percent of all orthodontic patients are adults. Health, happiness, and self-esteem are vitally important to adults. No patient is “too old” to wear braces! We offer clear options for adults looking for minimally visible braces.

Can I wear braces even though I have crowns and missing teeth?

Yes. A tooth with a crown will move just like a tooth with a simple filling. When teeth are missing, orthodontic treatment will aid in the alignment of the remaining teeth and optimizing the replacement of the missing teeth.

Why should you choose an orthodontic specialist?

Teeth, and sometimes entire facial structures, are permanently changed by orthodontic treatment. It is important that the treatment be appropriate and properly completed. Orthodontic specialists have extensive and specialized training that enables them to provide their patients with professional, personalized treatments.