FAQ From a Waxahachie Orthodontist

Posted on: August 16th, 2017 by Dr. Laura Morgan

As a Waxahachie orthodontist, we take pride in helping improve our patient’s smiles. We improve smiles on a daily basis by fitting them for orthodontic solutions, similar to braces. Still, we understand that it takes time to move teeth into the correct position. This makes it important for patients to partner with us in the care of their teeth and orthodontics over a period of time.

Moving teeth into the correct position is a team effort that will produce incredible results. Keeping this in mind, it is normal for patients to ask us questions about the process. Here are some of them and our answers.

What is the first step in getting braces?

First, patients need to schedule an examination with our clinic. We will carefully examine the teeth and the position of the jaw, while also taking X-rays. This will allow us to determine what needs to take place to straighten the teeth and align the jaw. After the examination, we will be able to make a recommendation for the treatment that would work best to improve their smile.

How long does the process take?

When patients visit our Waxahachie orthodontist office, we try to give an estimated timeframe for the overall treatment process. This varies for each person, given that it is based on the current position of their teeth and jaw. On average, patients spend around two years straightening their teeth with orthodontics.

Are there certain foods I cannot eat?

That depends on the type of orthodontics being used. If straightening teeth using clear aligners, there are no food restrictions because the aligners come out when eating. If using traditional or ceramic braces, it will be necessary to avoid anything that is overly hard, chewy or sticky since they can cause the brackets to move position or damage the braces.

What are my options?

Patients who visit our Waxahachie orthodontist office have access to a variety of treatment methods. This includes traditional metal braces, clear ceramic braces and clear aligners (Invisalign®). All can straighten teeth effectively so it is often a question of personal preference.

Will surgery be necessary?

A small percentage of patients require surgery in order to fully align the jaw. This is especially true for adults since the jaw has hardened by this point. While we can use non-invasive or minimally invasive methods to move the jaw into alignment, it is sometimes faster and easier for patients to schedule oral surgery to make these adjustments. We will discuss this option if it appears to be necessary during the initial consultation.

What is the cost and how can I pay for braces?

The cost depends on the treatment option selected and what will be required to straighten a patient’s teeth. There are several ways to pay for braces including getting help from the insurance company, medical savings plans, credit, payment plans or through savings. We help patients to identify a way to pay for orthodontics and are typically successful in doing so.

Call to learn more

To find out more about wearing braces or orthodontics in general, call and schedule a consultation with our office.

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