Frequently Asked Questions
The answers to your individual problems can come only after consultation with your orthodontist. The intention of the suggestions given here are to answer some general frequently asked questions. Specific questions deserve more explanations in detail. You do not need a referral for your dentist. CALL US for a consultation!
Am I too old for orthodontics?
There is no age limit for orthodontics. Teeth and tissue are essentially the same in both adults and children. Orthodontists can successfully realign crooked teeth or an improper bite regardless of your age.
How long will it take?
Treatment, or orthodontic correction, can vary from a few months to a few years depending on the complexity of the case. Come and see Dr. Lee for a personal consultation and a customized plan and time estimate.
How much will it cost?
No two problems are the same so treatment plans and accompanying cost will vary among patients. Call us for an estimate of how long it will take. We offer flexible payment plans. Our fees are comprehensive including everything. There are no hidden fees or surcharges.
Can my appearance be improved?
Yes! We can achieve dramatic changes in a person’s smile. A person can actually look years younger by straightening crooked teeth or correcting a bad bite. A beautiful smile can increase self-confidence and in turn a sense of well-being.
Will it hurt?
There may be mild discomfort. This usually lasts about 48 to 72 hours and then the teeth are comfortable again. Each succeeding adjustment may cause some minor discomfort.
How often will I need office visits?
Appointments can be scheduled from 2-10 week intervals, depending on your stage of treatment. In the initial stage, the appointments are more frequent. Once the appliances (braces) are fabricated and in place, the adjustment appointments are scheduled at longer intervals.
Why should I be concerned about an improper bite?
Bad bites can be detrimental to a patient’s health. Restorations, crowns or bridges are often impossible for a dentist to perform without prior repositioning of the teeth by an orthodontist. Properly aligned and supported teeth are healthier, easier to clean, and therefore more likely to last throughout a patient’s lifetime.
Will my dental insurance pay for it?
Today many dental policies include orthodontic benefits. For questions concerning eligibility, a predetermination of available benefits can be requested from your insurance company representative. Some companies require a diagnosis and treatment plan as well as a suggested payment schedule by your orthodontist. We will gladly provide an estimate following your consultation.
Will my improvement be permanent?
The combined experience of orthodontists point to a 95 percent permanent improvement rate. Teeth, like all parts of the body, are constantly changing and adapting; teeth can still move throughout life. You must remember teeth that have been crooked for years have marvellous memories. Minor movement or relapse is common, but conscientious wear of retainers following treatment for an indefinite period can minimize these changes.