Orthodontic FAQs

Your Questions Answered

Q: Do I need a referral from my dentist to make an appointment for an exam?

No. Simply call our office to set-up an exam time.

Q: Will my dental insurance cover orthodontic treatment?

We recommend you call your dental insurance carrier to determine the details of your coverage for orthodontic treatment specifically. Typically, an insurance plan may provide 50% coverage up to a maximum dollar amount per child. Many insurance plans do not include coverage for adult treatment unless you have purchased it specifically.

Q: At what age should my child be seen for an orthodontic exam?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children are seen by an orthodontist for an exam at the age of 7 years. Treatment may not be required immediately or at all recommended, but the orthodontist can discover preliminary information about jaw development and tooth size discrepancies. This exam can provide parents with proactive plans to reduce the amount of treatment needed at a later date and/or provide a forecast of potential future treatment.

Q: How do I pay for orthodontic treatment?

Payment for orthodontic treatment is arranged in the form of a contract. An initial fee is due at the time treatment is commenced and then monthly payments are scheduled over time to cover the balance of the cost. Monthly payments are in no way associated with appointment intervals.

Q: If treatment is recommended what is the next step?

If treatment is recommended the next step is to have diagnostic records taken of you or your child. Diagnostic records are performed in-office (you are not referred to a separate clinic). The records include:

  • a panoramic film - demonstrates a view of the entire dentition including unerupted teeth, upper and lower jaws, all in one picture
  • a lateral cephalogram or head film - illustrates the relationship between the jaws in the vertical and anteroposterior planes of space
  • facial and dental photographs
  • imprints of the upper and lower dentitions including gums and supporting bone
  • a wax bite - registers the fit between the upper and lower teeth.