Common Questions & Answers
It's normal to have a lot of questions about orthodontics. We try to answer many of them here, but you can always call our office and we'll be happy to speak with you.
Your First Visit
No. We’ll always help figure out if orthodontic treatment is right for you without charging a fee. We will also take digital photographs and X-rays to help explain your possible treatment.
Dr. David Ross follows the American Association of Orthodontists recommendation that all children receive an orthodontic evaluation by age seven. By this point, your child’s six-year molars and first permanent teeth should have grown in.
We want to observe your child’s growth so we can tell what kind of treatment they may need in the future based on their habits and growth patterns.
It also allows us to start treatment at the best time. Some children may need early treatment.
Between 30 minutes and an hour. We may do a simple visual exam, or we may need to take X-rays or do a complete diagnostic and create casts of your teeth with photographs.
Yes. We treat transfers just like a new patient. We’ll gather your diagnostic records to figure out what needs to be done to complete your treatment.
We don’t usually ask for a down payment. Instead, we will work out a monthly fee to complete your treatment.
Absolutely. More and more adults are getting treatment from us.
We have several discrete options that make adult orthodontic treatment more comfortable and convenient.
Orthodontists start out as dentists but go on to have at least two years of full-time training to get a specialty certificate in orthodontics.
We try to see a majority of our patients early or late in the day, but some procedures need to be done between nine and three.
We will do our best to work with your schedule.
Yes. Our contact information for emergencies is posted on our website.
Yes. We'll work out a convenient payment plan even if you don’t have insurance.
After verifying your coverage, we’ll bill and collect from your insurance carrier.
However, if your insurance coverage changes or ends, you’ll still be responsible for the cost of the remaining treatment.
Yes. We accept all major credit cards.
Yes. can accept direct debit, charge card posting, as well as payments over the internet.
No we do not.
Yes, we have special programs and fees for multiple patients from the same family.
Types of Treatment
Phase 1 treatment takes place before all permanent teeth have come in.
The goal of early treatment is to start correcting bad bites (malocclusions) that could be more difficult or impossible to fix when your child is older.
Phase 1 treatment doesn’t mean that your child won’t need treatment as a teen.
Phase two treatment is conventional orthodontic treatment.
It usually starts while your child’s last baby teeth are falling out and continues until their 12-year molars have been evaluated or straightened. This treatment usually lasts two or three years.
We’ll be able to tell when you bring your child in for an early visit. 10-20 of young patients need phase one treatment.
We’ll observe other patients until they’re ready to begin phase 2 treatment.
Not always. Early treatment is great for a few specific problems, but phase two treatment will determine the end result.
We won’t suggest early treatment unless it is necessary.
Yes. Dr. Ross will let you know which procedures you need to be premedicated for.
On average, treatment with braces takes about two years.
Sometimes it will be split up into two treatments with 6-18 months in between.
Crooked teeth move gradually into place when brackets are attached and shaped wires apply pressure to your teeth.
Yes. You will need to wear retainers full-time for one month after taking your braces off.
After that, you will need to wear them at night.
Your teeth will naturally move over time whether you have braces or not.
By wearing a retainer, you can keep your teeth from move out of place as you age.
Some patients need extra help to keep their teeth in place. If you need a permanent retainer, we’ll attach it to the backs of your lower teeth.
You’ll have to work with your dentist to make sure the area stays clean and healthy.
Wisdom Teeth (Third Molars)
While wisdom teeth don’t make your teeth crooked, they can cause gum problem, swelling, and trap food and lead to infection.
It’s better to plan on removing them instead of having to remove them in an emergency.
When 2/3 of the root is formed, which is usually after age 16 or 18 on average.
Temporomandibular Disorders (TMJ)
No. There is no direct link between TMJ and orthodontic problems or treatment.
Orthodontics help make your bite more comfortable, make it easier to brush and floss your teeth, and help balance the muscles in your face.
The self-esteem benefits are priceless.
Mouth breathing, a side-effect of allergies or enlarged adenoids, can cause several different bite problems that need to be fixed with braces.
These habits can cause bite problems, as well as causing problems with spacing and protrusion.