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Check out our Frequently Asked Questions below to learn more about Smokey Point Orthodontics and your orthodontic journey.
When should I schedule my child’s first appointment with an orthodontist?
It is recommended to have your child seen by an orthodontist around the age of 7, as per the American Association of Orthodontists.
At what age does orthodontic treatment normally start?
The ideal age for orthodontic treatment varies from child to child. Factors such as tooth and jawbone development influence the timing. Some treatments are more effective when started early during the developmental phase. Conversely, certain issues are addressed after permanent teeth have erupted. At Smokey Point Orthodontics, we assess each patient individually to create a tailored treatment plan.
Do I need a referral from a dentist to make an appointment at Smokey Point Orthodontics?
No referral is necessary. You can schedule an initial consultation directly with us if you believe you or your child may require orthodontic evaluation.
What is the cost of orthodontic treatment?
The cost is unique to each patient’s situation. Dr. Katz will discuss the treatment cost during your initial consultation, providing you with the information needed to budget accordingly.
Does Smokey Point Orthodontics accept insurance?
Yes, we accept various insurance plans, and our financial coordinators will research your policy’s coverage specifics. We will also handle the insurance filing process for your convenience, ensuring you receive maximum coverage.
Does orthodontic treatment hurt?
Orthodontic treatment typically doesn’t cause pain. However, some soreness in the teeth and jawbones may occur after the initial placement of braces and during adjustments. Most patients find relief with over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen and by choosing soft, easy-to-chew foods.
How long does orthodontic treatment usually take?
Treatment duration varies based on individual circumstances and the specific issues being addressed. Some cases may take only a few months, while others may extend over several years.
As a parent, must I accompany my child to orthodontic visits?
Parents don’t need to accompany their children to Smokey Point Orthodontics for routine visits. However, we will reach out if any specific discussions or issues require parental input during the orthodontic treatment.
What foods can I eat during orthodontic treatment?
During orthodontic treatment, it’s essential to adjust your diet to avoid hard, sticky, and tough-to-chew foods. These can damage braces. Safe options include chocolate, dairy products, soft bread, pasta, meat, seafood, vegetables, fruits, ice cream, and marshmallows. Remember, if it’s soft and gentle on braces, it’s likely suitable.
What can I do to prepare for treatment?
Preparing for braces involves an oral exam, x-rays, models, and potentially tooth extraction. Approach the treatment day with a positive attitude and consider bringing a book or music to help distract during braces placement. Be ready to choose your brace colors, and ahead of time, purchase dental wax, pain relievers, and soft foods to ease the initial adjustment period.