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Some frequently asked questions about orthodontics and treatment.

How long will it take to complete orthodontic treatment?

Treatment timelines depend on the each patient’s specific needs. Generally, treatments last between 8 and 30 months. On average, a person will have braces for between 18 and 24 months.

How much do braces cost? Is financing available? Will insurance cover treatment?

We cannot determine the cost of treatment until a thorough exam has been performed. Once it has been completed, we will discuss the exact cost and your financial options. We have several financing options available to accommodate a wide range of needs and we will go over these with you. We will also review your insurance policy to determine your maximum benefit.

How often will I have appointments?

Appointments are scheduled according to each patient’s needs. Most patients in braces will be seen every four to eight weeks. If there are specific situations that require more frequent monitoring, we will ensure that appointments are scheduled accordingly.

Can I schedule all of my appointments after school?

Unfortunately, we cannot schedule all appointments for students after school hours. However, because appointments are four to eight weeks apart, most patients will miss a minimal amount of school.

Can I drop my child off for an appointment?

Yes. We understand you have a busy schedule and we are happy to help you make the most of your time. However, we may need to speak with parents on some occasions so we ask that you check in with our patient supervisor before dropping your child off.

Do braces hurt?

Generally, braces don’t hurt. Teeth may be sore after some visits, but you can take Advil or Tylenol for the discomfort.

Can I return to school the day I receive braces?

Yes. There is no reason you shouldn’t be able to return to school.

Do you give shots?

No. Shots are not necessary for orthodontic treatment.

Do you use recycled braces?

No! One set of braces to a patient!

Can I still play sports?

Yes, but you should wear a mouth guard for all sports.

Do I need to see my family dentist while I have braces?

Yes. Regular checkups are important for maintaining optimal oral health.

Are there foods I can’t eat with braces?

Yes. You should avoid hard foods like ice, hard candy, raw vegetables, as well as all sticky foods. They could cause damage to your braces and possibly prolong treatment.

How often should I brush my teeth while I have braces?

You should brush at least four times a day—after each meal and before going to bed.

How are emergency appointments handled?

If braces are causing extreme pain or if something breaks, call our office immediately and we will schedule an appointment as soon as possible.

Can orthodontic correction occur while my child has baby teeth?

Yes. Some problems require early intervention. But if a patient is not ready for treatment, we will wait until the right time.

What is Phase One (early) treatment?

Phase One treatment, if necessary, is usually initiated between the ages of seven and ten years old and usually lasts between 8 and 18 months. This treatment is intended to address significant problems early on and prevent them from becoming worse.

Will my child need an expander?

We will be able to determine this at the time of the initial exam.

Can I get braces as an adult?

It’s never too late! In fact more than 20% of people with braces are over the age of 21.

If you have any other questions about orthodontic treatment, please contact us and we’ll be happy to provide you with more information.

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Richland, WA 99352

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