We’ve worked hard to simply answer your questions.
We’ve worked hard to simply answer your questions.
Orthodontic treatment has come a long way in recent years. New technology allows us to use lighter forces to move the teeth over a much shorter amount of time.
You can expect the braces to make your teeth sore for a few days after they are placed and after each adjustment. These adjustments will make you more conscious of your teeth, but they should not be painful. This annoyance can be relieved with an over-the-counter pain reliever (use as directed).
Today’s braces are smaller, more comfortable, and use technology that reduces the discomfort. We use the highest quality orthodontic products and materials in order to minimize discomfort and treatment time.
That’s a tough question because no two cases are alike. We want to focus on quality and not speed. However, most comprehensive cases are completed in 12 to 18 months in our office. Obviously, depending on things like initial difficulty and patient compliance, some cases will take significantly less time and some will take a bit longer.
This refers to orthodontic treatment when all permanent teeth are erupted (adolescents or adults). It is more commonly used when a Phase I treatment was not performed.
Not really. While adult teeth sometimes move a little slower than children’s teeth, you are never too old to benefit from braces.
A large portion of our practice is devoted to adult orthodontic care. In fact, we have several patients in their 50’s, 60’s, and even 70’s!
Extraction treatment means that permanent teeth need to be removed, most often to allow the front teeth to be pulled back if a patient’s teeth and profile are too protrusive.
Non-extraction treatment is accomplished by expanding the arches in order to make room for all the permanent teeth. It is less and less common to have permanent teeth extracted with today’s orthodontic techniques, but we don’t want you to get hung up on this decision. Our first choice is to not extract permanent teeth, but our greater purpose is to give you the best result possible.
We will carefully evaluate your case and recommend the decision that gives you the smile you deserve!
Yes. When teeth are missing, the teeth on each side of the space will tend to drift into the empty space. This can create a number of problems.
First of all, these spaces between the teeth are unattractive and can detract from your smile. Additionally, tipping of the teeth can lead to problems with function and recession of the gum tissue. Orthodontic treatment will correct and prevent these problems and will also provide proper alignment for your dentist to replace the missing teeth.
It’s sometimes difficult for parents to determine if treatment is necessary simply because there are so many issues that can occur even when your child’s teeth may look straight.
Also, there are some problems that look intimidating and complex which will resolve on their own. Asking your general dentist is a good reference, but we are your best resource since orthodontics is all we do.
Our initial exam is complimentary and we would be more than happy to see your child and make any necessary recommendations.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that your child is evaluated by age 7. Early detection of some orthodontic problems is important in order to take early corrective action and avoid more difficult treatment later.
Determining if orthodontic treatment is necessary can sometimes be difficult to assess from home. Nonetheless, the following symptoms may help you determine if you or your child needs an evaluation:
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then orthodontic treatment can help you!
Two phase treatment is not a clever way for orthodontists to get you into two sets of braces, we promise.
Two phase treatment simply means that there will be two separate parts to your orthodontic treatment; however, this is not double the cost and double the time. Though we try to avoid this when possible, in many cases, it is needed for the best end result.
The first phase of treatment, Phase I, is aimed at intercepting a moderate or severe orthodontic problem early in order to reduce the severity or eliminate it. These problems most often include crossbites (of the front or back teeth) and crowding. Phase I treatment takes advantage of the early growth spurt and turns a difficult orthodontic problem into a more manageable one. This can also greatly help self-confidence in a young child who is being teased or embarrassed by the position of his or her teeth. This phase of treatment usually begins while the permanent front teeth are erupting (typically around the age of 8-9). We usually recommend this treatment when waiting could cause orthodontic problems or social problems to worsen.
The second phase of treatment, Phase II, will occur after all permanent teeth have completed eruption. This serves to complete proper alignment which cannot be achieved with baby teeth present. In our office, this phase of treatment is significantly discounted due to the expense of Phase I treatment.
Absolutely not! Only certain orthodontic problems require early intervention. In fact, most of our patients are able to wait until most, if not all, of their permanent teeth erupt, to begin their orthodontic treatment.
This is not recommended. If your child needs Phase I treatment this usually means that he has a difficult problem that requires attention now. If no orthodontic action is taken, treatment options become limited, more difficult, and the long-term stability may be compromised. In addition, it may lead to extractions, jaw surgery, and increased costs.
We are always excited about serving new patients.
Your first visit to our office will consist of a thorough examination and a discussion of potential treatment options. Each individual’s orthodontic case is different and deserves personalized attention.
At the initial visit, complimentary photographs and x-rays will be taken. Then, utilizing state of the art patient education software, Dr. Bills will take the time to discuss in as much detail as you need whether treatment is necessary and, if so, the duration, benefits, and costs of orthodontic care.
Your first visit is a great time for us to get to know each other and for you to ask any questions you may have. Our goal isn’t to put as many sets of braces on as many people as possible, but rather to serve you and your family well.
What you can expect from us is an honest assessment of your situation and a team of people truly dedicated to serving you.
We look forward to seeing you!
Treatment time obviously depends on each patient’s specific orthodontic problem. We want to focus on quality and not speed. At Innovative Orthodontics, most comprehensive cases are completed in 12 to 18 months. Obviously, depending on things like initial difficulty and patient compliance, some cases will take significantly less time and some will take a bit longer.
Appointments are scheduled according to each patient’s needs. Because Dr. Bills uses the latest technological advances in orthodontics, gone are the days of going to the orthodontist every 3-4 weeks. Most of our patients will be seen every 6 to 10 weeks. If there are specific situations that require more frequent monitoring, we will schedule appointments accordingly.
Good news! The answer is no! Unlike many orthodontic offices, we offer COMPLIMENTARY exams and consultations in our office.
There are four essential questions that we will cover during the initial examination:
Once Dr. Bills has examined you or your child, we will cover the exact cost and financial options during the initial examination. We have many financing options available to accommodate your needs, and we will review these with you. We will also review your insurance policy and help to maximize your benefit and file your claims.
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