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Q: How much does orthodontic treatment cost?

A: Orthodontic treatment can range between $50 - $5,000, depending on the complexity and duration of care. We take great pride in offering the best possible care at the absolute most reasonable fees.

Q: How can I pay for orthodontic care?

A: We offer payment plans that are flexible and friendly. Let us know what works for you and we will make it happen. Insurance is welcome and credit cards are also accepted.

Q: How long will orthodontic treatment take?

A: Dr. King will estimate your treatment time at the initial exam. Depending on the complexity of your case, treatment can range anywhere from 2 months to 2 years.

Q: How frequently will I need appointments?

A: We like to see our patients approximately once every 4-6 weeks. However, this time frame can sometimes be extended to every 8 weeks, depending on your individualized plan of care and what you have going on in life.

Q: What are the benefits of orthodontic treatment?

A: An attractive smile improves self-esteem and self-confidence. In addition, well-aligned teeth are easier to take care of and keep clean. Brushing and flossing become more effective, leading to fewer cavities and decreased risk of gum disease. Plus, a bite that fits properly is much more comfortable, preventing adverse wear of the biting surfaces and making your teeth less likely to chip or break. There is even some evidence that a properly fitting bite improves TMJ health and function.

Q: Will it hurt?

A: Make no mistake; braces or Invisalign can take some time to get used to. Since your teeth and jaws are changing during the treatment process, there may be some minor discomfort. An over-the-counter pain reliever (Tylenol or Ibuprofen) can eliminate the soreness if needed. Unlike most orthodontic offices, we do NOT use the painful separators and metal bands that surround the molars. Instead, small, pain-free braces are bonded directly to the sides of the back teeth, very similarly to how front braces are typically placed. The advantages are better oral hygiene and much, much greater comfort.

Q: Will I need extractions?

A: We prefer not to extract permanent teeth if at all possible. However, in some cases extraction will allow for much better results.

Q: Do teeth with braces need special care?

A: Yes! Extra time and effort are required for proper oral hygiene. We will show you how to best care for your teeth, gums, and braces to maintain good dental health.

Q: How important is patient cooperation during orthodontic treatment?

A: Your cooperation is essential for optimal results. This includes maintaining proper oral hygiene, consistently wearing rubber bands, and keeping appointments as scheduled. Orthodontic treatment is a team effort and you are the most important member of the team!

Q: At what age can people have orthodontic treatment?

A: Both children and adults can benefit from orthodontics. Children are typically not treated until after age 7, while adults of any age make great patients.

Q: At what age should children have an orthodontic screening?

A: It is recommended that a child's first visit to an orthodontist take place by age seven. By this time, enough permanent teeth have come in and jaw growth has occurred to identify current and future problems. Although treatment may not actually be started until years later, early examination allows proper evaluation and planning for the best treatment program.

Q: Why do baby teeth sometimes need to be pulled?

A: We may recommend having your family dentist extract certain baby teeth to alleviate crowding or to allow permanent teeth to grow in better.

Q: How can a child's growth affect orthodontic treatment?

A: Orthodontic treatment and a child's growth can complement each other. Usually, the adolescent growth spurt helps us to properly correct discrepancies in the fit of the upper and lower jaws.

Q: Can my child play sports while wearing braces?

A: Absolutely! Just ask Dr. King for a free protective sports mouth guard specially made for braces.

Q: Will braces interfere with playing musical instruments?

A: Usually there is no problem playing musical instruments while wearing braces from King Ortho. We use very small, low-profile braces that accommodate most musical instruments quite well. If there is difficulty, a little practice will cure the problem.

Q: Why does orthodontic treatment sometimes last longer than anticipated?

A: Missed appointments, frequent broken braces, or very poor oral hygiene can cause treatment to last longer than expected. Also, in some cases, teeth may simply move very, very slowly, leading to extended treatment time.

Q: Why are retainers needed after orthodontic treatment?

A: After braces are removed, teeth can shift out of position if they are not stabilized. Retainers allow the gums and jaw bone to heal while holding the teeth in their newly aligned positions. After healing, retainers are typically worn just at night.

Q: What about wisdom teeth (third molars), should they be removed?

A: A consultation with an oral surgeon or your family dentist will help you determine if removal of your wisdom teeth is necessary. We will refer you for a consultation during or after orthodontic treatment if needed. Every precaution will be taken to ensure your wisdom teeth do not cause crowding of your newly straightened teeth.

Q: What should I do if my braces wire becomes long or poking?

A: There are a few really good options. Place wax on the sharp area or if the wire is long you can clip it with a nail clipper.

Q: Will any of my braces ever become loose or fall off?

A: Sometimes if a brace is traumatized by an accidental blow to the face, or from chewing hard food, it may become loose. If this happens, remember the brace is often still attached to the wire. Simply give us a call during normal office hours and we will get you in to repair it.

Q: What if I have a severe facial trauma with several loose braces, broken wires, and displaced teeth?

A: First, and foremost, seek immediate emergency medical care with a physician at the hospital. Broken bones and lacerations take priority over your orthodontic braces. After those issues are addressed, call our EMERGENCY NUMBER and we will repair your loose braces and wires per your physician's orders. For after hours emergency care there is a $175 additional fee.