Q: At what age should I bring my child in for orthodontic treatment?
A: Bringing your child in when they are between the ages of 7 and 8 years is usually a good time for an orthodontic assessment, depending on permanent tooth eruption. At our office, we create individualized treatment plans for all of our patients. We schedule recalls for our younger patients in order to monitor their dental development as they grow. Sometimes, early orthodontic intervention is suggested in order to better the outcome of their smile later in life.
Q: At what age can my child get his/her braces on?
A: In the majority of cases, Dr. Milne will not put braces on until all adult teeth (other than wisdom teeth) have fully erupted. Starting before all the teeth have erupted may commit the patient to a longer treatment time.
Q: How long does the lingual wire stay on for?
A: Dr. Milne recommends that the lingual wire stays on for at least five years following treatment. Patients are always given the option to have it removed, but are reminded that teeth can start to shift at any age after treatment. The lingual wire helps to keep them in place.
Q: I'm an adult. Am I too old for orthodontic treatment?
A: You are never too old for orthodontic treatment. Many of our patients are adults, and some are seniors.
Q: What is your extraction philosophy?
A: Our philosophy is to achieve the absolute BEST possible results for all of our patients, however we do make every effort to avoid extractions. If extractions are suggested, we explain to the patient how their results may differ depending on whether or not they choose to have the teeth extracted. Oftentimes, the front teeth may have a "flared" forward appearance when patients opt not to have the recommended extractions. We allow our patients to make an informed decision based on this information.
Q: Does your office use headgear?
A: No! With customized treatment plans we are able to correct the bite without the use of headgear.
Q: Does your office use needles and/or anesthetic on your patients?
A: No! None of the procedures that we perform in our office are painful. The only discomfort that patients may feel occurs within the first 48 hours of an adjustment. Ibuprofen is recommended for any discomfort.
Q: Do patients have to pay upfront for your services?
A: No! We tailor individual payment plans to suit our patients' needs.
Q: If my treatment time takes longer than what was estimated, do I have to pay extra?
A: No. The price that patients are quoted at the initial consultation is the TOTAL cost of treatment, from start to finish with the exception of lost or broken appliances and after-hours emergency visits. Occasionally, treatment time extends past the estimated time of completion, so that Dr. Milne can be certain that the absolute best results are achieved. Patients are NOT charged extra for these appointments. However if treatment is not progressing due to lack of patient compliance Dr. Milne will recommend removal of the braces and place retainers.
Q: Do I need to have my teeth cleaned before I get my braces on?
A: No, we will clean the tooth surfaces that the braces go on, but you should keep your regular check-ups with your dentist throughout the course of treatment.