Please select from the following frequently asked questions:
- What is orthodontics and does my child (or do I) need orthodontics?
- Who is an orthodontist and when should my child (or I) visit one?
- How long will the needed orthodontic treatment(s) take?
How much do orthodontics cost?
- Will my insurance cover this?
- If I have braces, do I still need dental checkups every six months?
- Will braces interfere with school activities like sports, playing an instrument, or singing?
What is orthodontics and does my child (or do I) need orthodontics?
Orthodontics (also referred to as dentofacial orthopedics) is a specialized form of dentistry focusing on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial abnormalities. At your consultation, we will take a variety of x-rays and perform a comprehensive orthodontic exam to determine any orthodontic needs and discuss possible treatment options with you.
Who is an orthodontist and when should my child (or I) visit one?
An orthodontist is a dental specialist who has received two to three years of additional training and experience. An orthodontist is able to straighten teeth, correct misaligned jaw structure, and improve the function of your smile. Click here for more information about Dr. Komoroski.
If you want to improve the look and feel of your smile, then any age can be a great age to see the orthodontist. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children first visit an orthodontist around the age of seven; however, orthodontic treatment is not exclusive to children and teens, with about one in every five orthodontic patients being over the age of twenty-one. Whether you’re considering treatment for yourself or for a child, any time is a good time to visit the orthodontist.
How long will the needed orthodontic treatment(s) take?
Treatment time typically ranges from one to three years, depending on the growth of the patient’s mouth and face, and the severity of the problem. Patients grow at different rates and will respond variously to orthodontic treatment, so the time until case completion may differ from the original estimate. The patient’s diligent use of any prescribed appliances is an important factor in achieving the most efficient treatment. Interceptive, or early treatment procedures, may take as few as six months.
How much do orthodontics cost?
The cost of orthodontic treatment is determined by your individual orthodontic needs and depends on many factors, including the complexity of your case.
If I have braces, do I still need dental checkups every six months?
Yes! In fact, it’s even more important that patients receiving orthodontic treatment visit their dentist regularly. With braces, food may be caught in places that your toothbrush can’t reach. This causes bacteria to build up that can lead to cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease. Your dentist will work closely with your orthodontist to make sure that your teeth stay clean and healthy while wearing braces.
Will braces interfere with school activities like sports, playing an instrument, or singing?
Playing an instrument or a contact sport may require some adjustment when you first get your braces, but wearing braces will not stop you from participating in any of your school activities. If you play a contact sport, it is recommended that you wear a mouthguard to protect your braces or appliance.