Q1 : Why should you choose a Licensed Orthodontist?
A1 : It is important to select a practitioner who has a proper educational background and experience to render appropriate care. Dr. Spector has extensive specialty training and over 25 years of experience successfully treating dental and skeletal malocclusions. An Orthodontist is a dentist who has attended advance dental specialty training for a period of three years following dental school. If the orthodontist is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), you can be sure that they have appropriate training.
Q2: Am I a candidate for orthodontic treatment?
A2: Orthodontic treatment serves to correct malocclusions (improper bites) and the wide variety of problems malocclusions can cause. Malocclusions occur as the result of tooth or jaw misalignment. They may affect the way you smile, chew, clean your teeth, and even how you feel about your smile. More importantly, an improper bite may lead to periodontal (gum and bone) problems or tooth loss. Orthodontic treatment can improve and eliminate the need for more extensive dental work later in life.
Q3: Am I too old to have braces?
A3: Over half of the patients cared for at Millennium Park Orthodontics are adults. Many patients think that orthodontics is only for children and that teeth cannot be moved in adult patients. With healthy bone support, teeth can be successfully moved at any point in life.
Q4: How much do braces cost?
A4: The fee for orthodontic treatment varies depending on the severity of the problem(s) and length and complexity of treatment. Many payment options are available to accommodate individual needs.
Q5: Will insurance pay for orthodontic care?
A5: Our practice has an understanding that health insurance is a contract between the patient and the insurance company, not the insurance company and the doctor. We will, however, do everything possible to help our patients receive the benefits from their insurance carrier.
Q6: Do braces hurt?
A6: In recent years, orthodontic treatment has become more comfortable and more aesthetically pleasing. Typically, the patient is not uncomfortable during appointments but may experience some discomfort for two to three days following the adjustment. Over the counter pain medication is usually sufficient for relief, provided there are no known allergies to these medications. The patients are encouraged to consult with their physician before purchasing any medication.
Q7: What is the appropriate age for a child to begin orthodontic treatment?
A7: The AAO recommends that all patients be seen for an orthodontic examination by age 7. Early evaluation determines the appropriate time to begin treatment. Many severe problems can be improved or prevented by the use of growth modification therapy. This involves prescribed appliances that guide the proper growth of the bone and teeth. In this way, early treatment may eliminate problems that could necessitate surgical orthodontics after growth cessation.
Q8: Do I need to see my family dentist while in braces?
A8: Yes, regular visits with your family dentist are important while orthodontic treatment. Your dentist will determine how often visits are necessary.
Q9: How long do I have to wear braces?
A9: Many factors can affect the length of treatment such as a severity of the original problem(s), a patient's individual response to treatment, and cooperation by the patient. Patients may be surprised to hear that age is not a major factor in determining treatment time. Although minor tooth movement may be resolved in a year or less, complex cases may need two or more years for completion.
Q10: Can I be assured that all instruments are sterilized and that there is adequate infection control?
A10: At Millennium Park Orthodontics, all instruments are fully sterilized between patients. The doctors and certified orthodontic assistants (COA) protect our patients from disease transmission by using universal precautions such as barrier protection (mask, gloves and eye protections). Continuing education of our team and modernization of techniques to assure your health and safety. We exceed all health and safety standards recommended by the Center of Disease Control, American Dental Association and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).