Many people need to have orthodontic work done to fix the dental irregularities they may have. A lot of parents struggle with deciding when is the right time to send their child to the orthodontist. Luckily, Great Grins for KIDS has an orthodontist, Dr. Mark, on-site every day to make for easy consultations.
According to the American Association of Orthodontists, Comprehensive Orthodontic care typically starts between the ages of 10 and 14, with 12 being the most common age to start. Once the braces are placed, they may stay on anywhere between 6 and 30 months. This time frame will vary from patient-to-patient based on needs and growth rates.
Choosing to have orthodontic work done is a big decision, and you may have questions that you want to run by our orthodontic team as you are deciding on your or your child's treatment options. Before you decide on any course of action, consider the following important questions:
|1.||What options are available? In most cases, you'll have multiple treatment options to choose from when it comes to straightening your teeth. This can include Invisalign®, traditional metal braces, or simple retainer-like appliances.
|2.||Will any teeth need to be removed? We try to avoid extracting teeth whenever possible. Occasionally, extracting permanent teeth will help position the remaining teeth correctly. Luckily, if premolars are extracted, often the wisdom teeth will NOT have to be extracted.
|3.||How often do I need to come in for follow-up appointments? You'll need to visit our office periodically for adjustments. Metal braces require adjustments about every 4 to 6 weeks and Invisalign® appliances can be replaced at home so your appointments may be 8 to 12 weeks apart.
|4.||How long does the treatment take? Average orthodontic treatments take about 20 months. However, this can vary depending on your orthodontic needs. We will be able to give you an estimate of what your treatment will entail when we examine you.
|5.||How much will my treatment cost? The range of cost is $500 to $6000. Our financial team will give you an exact cost of your treatment, and you can discuss payment terms and available financing when you come in.
|6.||Does it hurt? Many people worry that straightening their teeth will be very painful. The reality is that your teeth can ache for a day or two after adjustments if you do not take Tylenol or Advil. Luckily, pain medicines are very effective and you should be pretty comfortable throughout your treatment.|
During your orthodontic consultation, you may have other questions so this is a good time to ask. Call us today to schedule your or your child's consultation with our team – we're here to give you the smile of your dreams!