Thank you for visiting the Terrana Orthodontics Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page. Here you will find a list of the most frequently asked questions regarding orthodontic treatment. If you don’t see your specific question answered here, please contact our office, our friendly and knowledgeable team will do their best to answer any questions you may have.
What Is An Orthodontist?
An orthodontist is a dental specialist in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. Orthodontists must first attend college, followed by a four-year graduate dental program at a university level dental school accredited by the American Dental Association (ADA). They must then successfully complete an additional two to three-year residency program of advanced dental education in orthodontics accredited by the CODA. Only dentists who have successfully completed this advanced specialty education may become an orthodontist.
What Causes Orthodontic Problems?
Most orthodontic problems are inherited, and some are acquired. Inherited problems include crowding of teeth, too much space between teeth, extra teeth, congenitally missing teeth, and a wide range of discrepancies of the jaws, teeth, and face. Acquired problems can be caused by trauma, thumb or finger sucking, airway obstruction by tonsils and adenoids, dental diseases, or premature loss of baby or adult teeth. Many of these problems affect not only the alignment of teeth but also facial development and appearance as well.
What Are The Early Signs Of Orthodontic Problems?
Although determining if treatment is necessary is difficult for you to assess, the following signs may help in prompting you to seek orthodontic advice: crowded or overlapping teeth, gaps between the teeth, front top teeth not lining up with the bottom teeth, top front teeth not meeting with bottom teeth, and top front teeth covering more than 50% of the bottom teeth.
At What Age Should My Child See An Orthodontist?
The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that your child be evaluated by age seven. An orthodontic screening no later than age seven enables Dr. Terrana to detect and evaluate problems that exist, advise if treatment will be necessary, and determine the best time for the treatment. Early detection of any orthodontic problem is important in order to take early corrective action and avoid more difficult treatment later.
Do I need a referral from my Dentist?
Often a Dentist may recommend a patient to a practice, however a patient does not need a referral to schedule a consultation.
Is there a charge for an initial consultation?
No, all consultations are Terrana Orthodontics are free.
Do you accept insurance?
Most insurance plans are accepted. Please contact our office or come in for a complimentary consultation to verify your plan. We will help you to make the most of your benefits, and will file claims on your behalf.
Do you offer payment plans?
Terrana Orthodontics has payment options to ensure affordability. We accept most insurances. We offer pay in full discounts, in-house interest free financing, referral discounts, and family discounts. We also offer same day start savings. Discounts are provided to members of the clergy, first responders (police, medical, firefighters), military, teachers. Our goal is to attempt to make orthodontic treatment available to all patients.
Do I continue to see my dentist while receiving orthodontic care?
Yes, we recommend that you continue to see your dentist every 6 months for regular check-ups and cleanings.
Can Adults Have Braces?
Age is not a factor when considering orthodontic treatment for adults. Any adult in good general health with healthy gums and good bone support for the teeth is a candidate for orthodontic treatment. Adults of all ages are electing to get braces later in life to fix long-standing dental issues and improve their looks.
How Do I Know If My Child Needs Orthodontic Treatment?
It is usually difficult for you to determine if treatment is necessary because there are many problems that can occur even though the front teeth 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 Terrana Orthodontics is your best resource since orthodontics is all we do. Our initial exam is comprehensive and informative, and we would be more than happy to see your child and make any recommendations necessary.
How Do I Know If I Need Orthodontic Treatment?
The signs that an adult needs braces can vary according to age and overall dental health. You are never too old for braces. However, that doesn’t mean you should continue to put off treatment. Symptoms that can indicate you may need braces include: teeth that are visibly crooked or crowded, difficulty flossing between and brushing around crooked teeth, frequently biting your tongue or cutting your tongue on your teeth, teeth that don’t close over each other properly when your mouth is at rest, jaws that click or make noises when you chew or first wake up, and stress or fatigue on your jawline after chewing food
Is Orthodontic Treatment Painful?
Today’s braces are more comfortable and use technology that reduces the discomfort. As a rule, braces can make your teeth tender and sore for a few days, but it is not painful. This tenderness can usually be relieved with an over-the-counter pain reliever.
How Long Does Orthodontic Treatment Last?
Your treatment time will depend on the development of your dentition, the severity of your problem, and the degree of tooth movement required. Typically, most treatment times last between 12 and 30 months.
Is Orthodontic Care Expensive?
When orthodontic treatment is implemented at the proper time, treatment is often less costly than the dental care required to treat the more serious problems that can develop years later. Terrana Orthodontics offers many payment programs to meet your needs. In addition, many insurance plans now include orthodontics.