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Your First Visit…

At your complimentary consultation, you will get a tour of the office and get to know the team and the doctors that will be empowering you and your smile.

After any necessary x-rays and scans, the doctors will go over with you what to expect, treatment suggestions, and you can ask any questions you might have. We can even candidly discuss your schedule and a customized financial plan!

 

Frequently Asked Questions Tour Our Office

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What age is best for a first visit to the orthodontist?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child first visit an orthodontist by age seven or earlier if a problem is detected by parents, the family dentist, or physician. When you visit early, the orthodontist can determine when the best time will be to start treatment. Treatment is often easier if started early enough since it can eliminate the need for removal of permanent teeth or jaw surgery.

When is an adult too old for braces?

You’re never too old!
Recently, the number of adult orthodontic patients has been on the rise. For those who can benefit from orthodontics, age is not a factor. The latest technology offers many benefits to adult patients. We are also an Invisalign® Certified Provider.

Orthodontic care is a fun, positive experience for everyone! If you would like to see what type of benefits orthodontic care can provide for you, please call our office to set up a complimentary consultation.

How much do braces or Invisalign cost? Is this something that I will be able to afford?

There is not one basic fee charged for orthodontic treatment. In order to give a patient a more definite answer, it is necessary to schedule a consultation where an exam can be performed. We offer a free initial consultation where Dr. Mac Carthy and Dr. Dombroski will formulate a treatment plan for the patient and a fee for the entire treatment plan will be quoted. Our financial coordinator can offer many different payment plans to work within your budget. Many patients can take advantage of their orthodontic insurance benefits and flex spending plans through their employer as well. You will have all of the information you need to make a decision on your orthodontic care!

What is the difference between an orthodontist and a regular dentist?

An orthodontist has spent many extra years of training in the science of orthodontics. The orthodontist has chosen to limit his/her practice to orthodontics only. There is a more specialized form of treatment that takes place in the orthodontic office compared to the dental office; however, both offices work together for the patient to receive top quality care!

Why should I choose an orthodontic specialist?

Teeth, and sometimes faces, are permanently changed by orthodontic treatment so it’s important that it be done correctly. A licensed orthodontic specialist knows all the proper techniques to ensure that the teeth are moving correctly and that the jaw is developing as it should throughout treatment. Afterward, the orthodontist is the expert who makes sure that your teeth stay in their new, correct position.

How long will I have to wear braces or Invisalign?

The amount of time a patient will be in orthodontic treatment depends upon the complexity of the individual case. Comprehensive treatment plans can last from 9-30 months. Early, interceptive treatment plans can last 9-24 months. Your treatment plan is unique and individualized for you.

Can braces be less noticeable? Can I get them in colors?

With the advances in technology available today, the answer to both questions is, yes! Some people feel comfortable when only small attention is drawn to their braces so clear braces or Invisalign® treatment may be the answer.

If you choose braces, you can change your colors everytime you come in for an appointment.

How often do I have to see the orthodontist once treatment starts?

On average, orthodontic appointments are scheduled every 6-8 weeks. However, if a patient is experiencing any unusual discomfort or broken appliances we would recommend you call our office to schedule a checkup sooner rather than later.

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We have strong values that determine the kind of office we want this to be and the type of experience people should expect. We believe these values guide and serve every experience we have with every one of our patients.

  • Personal Responsibility

    We believe success begins with taking responsibility for our actions and results.

  • Honor and Integrity

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  • Kaizen

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  • Commitment to Excellence

    We are committed to providing the highest level of care for our patients both in high-quality orthodontics and in excellent interpersonal care.