Orthodontic consultations include evaluations of the patient's specific needs as well as their own personal treatment goals to determine the most appropriate course of treatment. During the consultation appointment, patients will learn about the different types of orthodontic treatment options available to them, including the “pros and cons” of each approach, so they can make an informed and confident decision about their care. They'll also learn what to expect throughout every phase of treatment. Today, patients have more options than ever before when it comes to having straighter, healthier, more beautiful smiles, and the consultation appointment provides the ideal opportunity to learn about these options and to ask questions and discuss any concerns about the treatment process.
The most widely recognized and most commonly used type of braces are the traditional metal braces that use metal bands, brackets and wires to move teeth into proper alignment. Other options include Damon braces that use special brackets and memory wires, lingual braces that attach to the back surfaces of teeth so they're virtually invisible, clear braces and ceramic braces that blend with the tooth color so they're far more discrete than metal braces, and the popular Invisalign® orthodontic system that uses clear removable trays or aligners.
The length of treatment will depend on the patient's specific needs and treatment objectives, as well as their oral health and development, the type of braces they have, and other factors. Duration of treatment can be discussed during the consultation appointment to avoid surprises.
Some dental insurance plans pay for most or all of orthodontic care while others offer little or no coverage. Our office staff is skilled at helping patients understand their coverage benefits and find financing options that can make the cost of care much more budget-friendly.
Orthodontic treatment can be provided for just about any adult regardless of age as long as their teeth, their tooth roots, and the surrounding supportive tissues and bones are in good health.