These are questions we hear all the time!
QUESTION: SO YOU'RE AN ORTHODONTIST, HUH? IS THAT LIKE A DENTIST? WHAT DO YOU ACTUALLY...DO?
An orthodontist is a dental specialist who focuses solely on moving teeth and occasionally influencing skeletal development. An orthodontist starts out as a dentist and continues on in their training to give up root canals, crowns, and fillings and focus primarily on moving teeth. By the time they have finished school, they've gone above and beyond what a normal dentists has done (completed 4 years of undergraduate work, 4 years of dental school work, and another 2-3 years of a dental residency program). Just like a pediatrician (children's doctor) focuses on treating children and an ophthalmologist (eye doctor) focuses on treating your eyes, an orthodontist is focused solely on moving teeth and (when appropriate) influencing skeletal growth.
QUESTION: MY FRIEND SAID SHE HAD BRACES A LONG TIME AGO AND THEY REALLY HURT - IS THAT TRUE?
Orthodontic tooth movement has been made much more comfortable in the last decade or so. Recent advances allow for much more gentle and persistent tooth movements that help our patients finish the job faster than ever before. Clear aligners are often even more comfortable than braces and easier to clean too! Schedule a consultation with us to discuss what you want to achieve and how long your individual tooth movements might take.
QUESTION: SO HOW LONG WILL THESE ALIGNERS OR BRACES TAKE TO STRAIGHTEN MY TEETH?
Thanks to recent developments in braces and aligner technology, many patients will finish their necessary tooth movements in under two years. Each individual patient's desired goals and associated tooth movements will specify a unique timeframe. Schedule a consultation with us to discuss what you want to achieve and how long your individual tooth movements might take.
QUESTION: SO I HEAR BRACES WILL COST A LOT - IS THAT TRUE?
We offer multiple financing options to help make braces more affordable. Often, these payment plans are about as much as a cell phone or cable bill per month. You may have dental insurance with associated orthodontic benefits that you can apply toward your treatment. For some, a flexible spending account or health savings account may allow you to put funds toward your treatment.
QUESTION: MY DENTIST SAYS HE/SHE DOES BRACES TOO. THEY SAY THEY CAN GET MY TEETH DONE IN 6 MONTHS OR LESS. WHY SHOULD I COME SEE YOU WHEN I ALREADY SEE THEM AND THEY'RE GOING TO DO THE SAME JOB FASTER?
A dentist may be well suited to treat your malocclusion (specific arrangement of crooked teeth) if it is very simple or if your dentist has extensive training in orthodontics. When an orthodontist graduates from residency, they have done nothing but eat, sleep, and breathe orthodontics for 2-3 years straight. Before entering private practice as an orthodontist, they have directly or indirectly treated hundreds of patients: children, teenagers, adults, as well as coordinated cases with surgeons, physicians, and other dental specialists. Some dentists have less extensive training (take weekend or online courses) or only use braces with a single wire to try to accomplish the desired tooth movements. A dentist relying on a single wire will soon discover a single wire is insufficient for extensive tooth movements. Schedule a consultation with us and we would be happy to evaluate your specific tooth arrangement.