Our patients have questions and we answer them here
Wisdom Teeth (Third Molars)
Do wisdom teeth cause teeth to get crooked?
Research has shown this not to be true. However, we always recommend monitoring eruption of the wisdom teeth to determine if and/or when they should be removed.
Why do wisdom teeth need to be removed?
Wisdom teeth do not cause crooked teeth, but they can cause gum problems, swelling if impacted, and trap food below the gum tissue causing infection. They are much more difficult to clean and you don’t really need them to chew your food! It is much easier to plan for their removal rather than having them removed under emergency conditions.
When is a good time to have wisdom teeth removed?
The best time, according to oral surgeons, is when approximately 2/3 or so of the root is formed. Typically this occurs around age 16-17 for females and 18-19 for young men.
Can we make payments?
Yes. Whether or not you have insurance or a dental plan, we will structure a convenient payment plan that will allow you to pay for necessary services over a period of time that usually coincides with your treatment plan.
How do you handle insurance?
After verification of coverage, we will agree to bill and collect from an insurance carrier. However, we ask patients to understand that if coverage ceases or changes, the patient is still responsible for the agreed upon fee.
Do you take credit cards?
Yes, for your convenience we accept Visa and MasterCard.
Do you have direct debit?
Yes, we have arrangements for direct debit, credit card posting, as well as payments over the phone.
Do you charge interest?
No we do not – we let the bank handle those type of transactions.
Do you give family discounts?
We have special programs and fees for multiple patients from the same family. Ask us more about our family care program.
Types of Treatment
Temporomandibular Disorders (TMJ)
Can braces or orthodontic treatment treat or cause TMJ problems?
- Scientific literature has documented that there is not a direct link between orthodontic treatment or occlusion and TMJ disorders. Problems with TMJ can be present or absent in the presence of all types of good and bad bites.
What are the health benefits of wearing braces?
- Orthodontics helps to improve the comfort of the bite, make it easier to brush and floss your teeth for good dental health, and many times helps to balance the facial musculature. The positive self-esteem benefits are immeasurable.
How do enlarged adenoids and allergies affect braces?
- Mouth breathing, as a result of enlarged adenoids or tonsils or allergies, may cause your upper and lower jaws to grow apart and elongate facial form during growth, resulting in crowding and often narrow dental arches.
How does a tongue thrust or low tongue posture affect braces?
- The effects are similar to enlarged adenoids. Plus, the pressure on the front teeth from the tongue thrusting can increase dental protrusion and spacing.
Do retainers need to be worn after braces?
Yes. Retainers are worn full-time for about 9 months followed by nighttime wear indefinitely.
Why do teeth get crooked after wearing braces or aligners?
Teeth move throughout life whether you have worn braces or not. It is part of the natural aging process. This is why retainer wear is recommended indefinitely to maintain your orthodontic results over your lifetime.
How about retainers glued to the back of the teeth?
For most patients, permanent retainers are attached to the back of the lower teeth to keep them in place. This requires special hygiene procedures and regular recalls to the family dentist.
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