Thank you for taking the time to read our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page which includes the answers to the most common concerns from our patients. If you have more specific questions, call our office and we will be happy to answer any doubts that you may have.

What Is An Orthodontist?

That’s easy, orthodontists are specialized in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. Orthodontists have a long education path starting with a 4-year college degree, followed by 4 years of dental school, and then a 2-3 year residency in Orthodontics.

What Causes Orthodontic Problems?

Most orthodontic problems are genetic but some can be acquired through bad habits or accidents. Genetic problems include crowding of teeth, spacing between teeth, extra teeth, congenitally missing teeth, and irregularities 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. These problems are responsible for the misalignment of teeth and can also negatively affect facial development and appearance.

What Are The Early Signs Of Orthodontic Problems?

Only an orthodontist can decide if treatment is necessary. However, the following signs can prompt you to see an orthodontist for a screening: 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 each child receives an orthodontic screening by age 7. At this time, Dr. Terrana will be able to identify and evaluate existing problems and if treatment is necessary. Early detection will allow your child to be treated at the best possible time to achieve the best results and avoid unnecessarily invasive treatments.

Do I need a referral from my Dentist?

While it is common practice for dentists to refer patients to us, a patient can schedule a consultation without a referral.

Is there a charge for an initial consultation?

No, all consultations are Terrana Orthodontics are offered without cost to potential patients.

Do you accept insurance?

Yes, 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 determine your benefits,maximize your benefits, and will file claims on your behalf.

Do you offer payment plans?

Absolutely! Terrana Orthodontics offers flexible payment options and accepts most insurances. We also offer a variety of financing options.

Do I continue to see my dentist while receiving orthodontic care?

Yes, you must continue to see your dentist every 6 months for regular check-ups and cleanings.

Can Adults Have Braces?

Yes, age is not a determining factor for treatment eligibility. Any adult in generally good health who has healthy gums and appropriate bone support is a good candidate to undergo orthodontic treatment. More and more adults are taking control of their smiles and improving them with braces.

How Do I Know If My Child Needs Orthodontic Treatment?

It is difficult to determine if your child needs orthodontic treatment because issues can occur even if the front teeth look straight while other problems look severe but will resolve on their own. The best thing to do is to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Terrana for your child. Dr. Terrana will be able to determine if treatment will be necessary and the best time to seek treatment.

How Do I Know If I Need Orthodontic Treatment?

The symptoms that orthodontic treatment is needed will vary depending on the patient’s age and dental health. While you are never too old to seek treatment, putting off treatment can cause the problem to worsen and become more expensive to fix. Symptoms that you may need orthodontic treatment 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?

Orthodontic treatment can be uncomfortable but not painful, your teeth may be tender and sore for a few days, however, this can be alleviated with an over-the-counter pain reliever and saltwater rinses. Today’s braces and aligners are more comfortable than ever before.

How Long Does Orthodontic Treatment Last?

Most patients complete their treatment in a range of 12 to 30 months. However, the length of treatment will vary from patient to patient depending on the stage of dentition, the severity of the diagnosis, and the amount of correction that is needed.

Is Orthodontic Care Expensive?

Orthodontic treatment is an investment in your health, self-confidence, and your smile. If you seek orthodontic treatment before your condition worsens, your treatment cost will be lower. Terrana Orthodontics offers a variety of flexible payment options to meet your needs. You can also check with your insurance to determine if they cover any portion of orthodontic treatment.