Every attempt will be made to schedule appointments that do not interfere with school. However, it is not possible to schedule all appointments after school and certain long appointments are always scheduled during school hours. In general, appointments will be scheduled at five to six week intervals in order to allow adjustments to take their maximum effect. It is important to keep scheduled appointments so that treatment will be completed in a timely fashion. If it is necessary to reschedule an appointment, please inform us at least 24 hours in advance so that another patient may have the time that was reserved for your child.
Our office is committed to helping you maximize your insurance benefits. Because insurance policies vary, we can only estimate your coverage in good faith, but cannot guarantee coverage due to the complexities of insurance contracts. Your estimated patient portion will be divided over the orthodontic treatment period. As a service to our patients, we will bill insurance companies for services, however you are responsible for the unpaid balance, at the completion of treatment. If you have any questions, our courteous staff is always available to answer them.
Care Of Orthodontic Appliances
Once the orthodontic appliances are inserted, certain foods (such as hard, sugary, or sticky materials) must be avoided because they cause breakage and tooth decay. Fingering and playing with appliances can result in breakage and distortions, which will cause improper tooth movement. Please call the office to report all loose braces and damaged or lost appliances since they delay treatment and may cause marks or decay on the teeth.
It is very important that you take your child to your general dentist for a dental checkup and cleaning at least every six months. The orthodontic appliances themselves do not harm the teeth; however, they accumulate food and plaque that will damage the teeth and gums if not properly cleaned. Thorough and frequent brushing and flossing is one of the most important factors in your child's orthodontic care and often requires parental supervision and encouragement. If hygiene becomes a concern, we may recommend more frequent professional cleanings with your dentist or additional cleaning devices and fluoride mouth rinses.
Your child's cooperation is one of the most important aspects of successful orthodontic treatment. Instructions regarding appliance care and wear, elastics, appointments, and oral hygiene must be followed in order to attain the best results within the estimated time.
Length Of Treatment
It is difficult to determine the exact amount of time required for orthodontic treatment since each patient's body responds differently and factors such as patient age and development must be considered. Certain factors can arise which may require longer treatment. Every effort will be made to complete treatment in the shortest time without compromising the final results.
Once orthodontic correction has been achieved and the braces removed, it is necessary to stabilize the teeth over the next two years with retainers or finished appliances. Proper retainer wear is extremely important in maintaining the final result and periodic evaluations and adjustments will be made during the retention period.
We are looking forward to working with you and/or your child in providing excellent orthodontic care. Please be assured of our personal interest and responsibility for your child's care and our desire to do everything possible for successful treatment and your satisfaction. Please do not hesitate to call with any questions during treatment. We would appreciate the opportunity to treat your friends and family and welcome your referrals to our practice.
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