Scheduling a Pediatric Dental or Orthodontic Appointment:
- Is it required that my family dentist schedule my appointment with the pediatric dentist or orthodontist?
While many of our patients are referred by their family dentist it is not a requirement and we are able to schedule an orthodontic consultation for your child at any time.
- At what age should I schedule an appointment for an my child’s first dental visit?
Along with the Canadian and American Academies of Pediatric Dentistry, we recommend that a child’s first dental visit be scheduled by his/her first birthday.
- At what age should I schedule an appointment for an orthodontic screening?
The Canadian Association of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic screening at age 7. By this age, several permanent teeth in most children have come in, allowing us to effectively evaluate your orthodontic condition.
- How do I schedule an appointment for an initial exam?
Call our clinic, Our staff will request some basic information from you and set up an appointment that is convenient to you!
- How often will my child have dental appointments?
Regular dental check-ups are most often scheduled every 6 months.
- How often will I have orthodontic appointments?
Appointments are scheduled according to each patient’s needs. Most patients with braces will be seen every
4 to 8 weeks. If there are specific situations that require more frequent monitoring, we will schedule appointments accordingly.
- Can I schedule all of my child’s orthodontic appointments for after school?
Unfortunately we cannot schedule all orthodontic appointments for students during after-school hours. However, because most appointments are scheduled 4 to 8 weeks apart, most patients will miss minimal school due to their orthodontic treatments. We do book shorter appointments before and after school hours to accommodate as many patients as possible. Therefore, if a longer appointment is needed, that appointment will generally be booked during the day. We will make a sincere effort to meet your scheduling needs.
- Can I drop my child off for an appointment?
Absolutely! Note that on some occasions, we may request to speak with a parent when they return, so we ask that parents check in with their patient manager before dropping off their child.
The Orthodontic Treatment Process:
- What will happen at the initial orthodontic examination appointment?
You will be asked to fill out the new patient forms and insurance card. The doctor will then complete a thorough clinical exam. Additional procedures such as: X-rays, photographs, and orthodontic study models may be needed for proper diagnosis. It may even be possible to start treatment the same day!
- What will I learn from the initial orthodontic examination?
There are five essential questions that we will cover during the initial examination:
~ Is there an orthodontic problem, and if so, what is it?
~ What must be done to correct the problem?
~ Will any teeth need to be removed?
~ How long will the treatment take to complete?
~ How much will the treatment cost?
- Is orthodontic treatment really necessary?, Won’t my teeth straighten out as they grow?
Unfortunately, that won’t happen naturally. The space available for the front teeth does not increase as you grow. In most people, after the permanent molars erupt, the space available for the front teeth decreases with age.
- Will teeth need to be extracted for braces?
Removing teeth is sometimes required prior to orthodontic treatment to achieve straight teeth and a balanced facial profile. Our orthodontic experts will advise you if it is necessary for you and your family.
- How long will it take to complete orthodontic treatment?
Orthodontic treatment time depends on each patient’s specific orthodontic issue. In general, treatment time lasts from 9 months to 30 months. The “average” time frame a person is in braces is approximately 18-24 months.
- How much will braces cost?
- Are financing options available?
- How does my insurance work?
We will determine the cost of treatment upon examination.
We will also go over financial options during the initial examination.
We will also review your insurance policy and help to maximize your benefit and file your claims.