At Go Orthodontistes,
we take pleasure in answering
all of your questions!

1. Why choose an orthodontic specialist?

An orthodontist is a dental specialist who has gone through several years of post-graduate education, after obtaining their Dentistry degree, in order to obtain the necessary knowledge, training, and experience, to treat orthodontic problems to the highest standard of excellence. Orthodontists focus their practice solely on the treatment of orthodontic problems and thus have a wealth of experience in treating an extensive variety of cases. While general dentists are allowed to practice orthodontics and do treat cases, they are not orthodontic specialists.

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2. How do I know if orthodontic treatment is required?

Straightening your teeth, in order to have a beautiful, healthy smile, can greatly increase one’s confidence, and happiness with their self-image. Furthermore, if one’s teeth or jaws do not fit together properly, orthodontic treatment can improve their alignment to promote better function and health. If left untreated, these problems, often referred to as malocclusions, can cause speech difficulty, premature tooth wear, gum diseases and even increase the chance of injury to the teeth and jaw joints.

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3. At what age should I schedule an appointment for an orthodontic screening?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic screening at age 7. By this age, several permanent teeth in most children have erupted, allowing us to effectively evaluate your orthodontic condition. While treatment might not be necessary at this age, our team can monitor the growth and alignment of the teeth and address any orthodontic problems as they arise. This can help in the prevention of more complex and costly interventions when the child is much older.

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4. Can orthodontic treatment begin while my child still has baby teeth?

Yes. Some orthodontic problems are significant enough to require early intervention such as crowding and upper and lower jaw size discrepancy. If necessary, a First Phase of orthodontic treatment usually begins between the ages of 7 and 10, and lasts about 16-21 months. The primary objective of this treatment is to address significant orthodontic problems to prevent them from becoming worse and to improve self-image if affected by the orthodontic problem.

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5. Will my child’s teeth straighten out as they grow?

No, they will not. The space available for the front teeth does not increase as you grow. Generally, after the permanent molars erupt, the space available for the front teeth will decrease with age.

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6. Will my child need full treatment if he/she has had early treatment?

It is best to assume that your child will need full treatment even after Phase One treatment. After this First Phase of treatment, growth and tooth eruption are monitored, and you will be kept informed of the progress, and the need for future treatment.

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7. Is it too late to have orthodontic treatment if I am already an adult?

No! We treat adult patients of all ages, and a large percentage of our patients are adults. Health, happiness, and self-esteem are vitally important to adults and no patient is too old to have the smile they have always wanted!

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8. Can I have orthodontic treatment even though I have crowns, missing teeth or other complicating dental issues?

Yes! At Go Orthodontistes, we can find solutions to even the most complicated orthodontic problems and will work with your general dentist, as well as other dental specialists, to find a comprehensive solution to complicated cases.

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9. How do I schedule an appointment for an initial exam?

Our consultations are free and we encourage you to contact us for an appointment! If you or your child can potentially benefit from orthodontic treatment, simply call our office, send us an e-mail or fill out an appointment request form online. We will request some basic information and be happy to schedule an appointment for you.

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10. What will happen at the initial examination appointment?

Upon arriving, each patient and parent will be seen by the staff and doctor who will acclimate you to our office and prepare for the initial exam. We will take the necessary photographs and X-rays to allow us to make a proper diagnosis. The doctor will then complete a brief, but thorough, exam. We will explain what the orthodontic problem is, and what steps need to be taken to correct it. We will be able to provide you with a full diagnosis and treatment plan at the initial visit. After evaluation, we will also provide you with the cost of treatment, and how long the treatment will take.

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11. Will I need to have teeth removed for orthodontic treatment?

Removing teeth is sometimes required to achieve the best orthodontic result. This is done in order to optimize both facial esthetics and the alignment of teeth. However, newer technologies in orthodontics have made this a less common procedure than in the past.

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12. How long will it take to complete treatment?

Treatment time depends on each patient’s specific orthodontic problem, and can only be assessed after a full exam. While treatment time can range from 8 months to 30 months, an “average” orthodontic treatment usually lasts from 18-24 months.

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13. How much will treatment cost? Is insurance accepted? Are there any financing options?

We will only be able to give you an exact treatment fee after a complete exam, as the fee depends on the individual patient’s characteristics and orthodontic problem. However, we offer a range of financing options and payment methods and can create a flexible payment plan to suit you. Many insurance companies offer orthodontic coverage, and we can help you obtain the maximum insurance benefit available.

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14. How often are appointments? How long are they?

Appointments are scheduled according to each patient’s needs. However, most of our patients are seen every 2-3 months once treatment is underway. The initial appointment to put on the Invisalign attachments is the longest and will take around an hour. However, the following check-up appointments are very quick and take around fifteen minutes. Because we make it a priority to run on time, your visits will be very quick and efficient!

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15. Does orthodontic treatment hurt?

Generally, orthodontic tooth movement does not cause pain. However, after certain visits, teeth may be sore for a few days. At Go Orthodontistes, our modern technologies allow us to use the lightest forces possible to move your teeth, resulting in an absolute minimum of discomfort.

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16. Do I need to see my family dentist during my orthodontist treatment?

Yes! Scheduling regular appointments with your general dentist is important to ensure the health of your gums and teeth. Orthodontic appointments do not replace these visits.

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