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FAQ


Initial Visit

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Do you charge for an initial visit?
No. As a courtesy to you and your family dentist, we will always discuss the feasibility of braces or tooth straightening without charging a fee. There may be a co-payment for X-rays and other diagnostic procedures.  To ensure you have a complimentary Wilson Smile Analysis, click here to download, and print your $249 Savings Certificate.

At what age do you start seeing patients for braces and orthodontic treatment?
As a rule of thumb, we like to evaluate young patients after the 6-year molars erupt and the front permanent teeth just start to appear. This is usually between the ages of 6 and 8.  This is congruent with what The American Association of Orthodontists recommends.

Why do you evaluate patients so young?
The purpose of an early evaluation is to inform and observe more, than to specifically start treatment. At this early age, the eventual needs can be identified and discussed. A small percentage of this young group may need some form of intervention. Habits are evaluated, medical issues are discussed and an observation schedule is arranged.  The earlier our Durham & Oxford, NC orthodontist sees your child, the more options we will also have for braces and orthodontic treatment.

How long will the first visit take?
The first visit can last anywhere between 30 minutes and 1 hour depending on how ready the patient is for treatment. We may just do a visual exam and explain the situation or we may suggest one or more X-rays with complete diagnostics including casts of the teeth with photographs.

Do you take patients transferring from out of town?
Yes we do. We handle a patient transferring into one of our Oxford or Durham, NC orthodontic offices from another city just like a new patient. We gather complete diagnostic records to show the current status and propose treatment to complete the work that has been started. Unlike most practices, we do not ask for a large down payment but merely assess a monthly fee to complete the treatment in progress.

Do you have any adult patients for braces?
Absolutely. We specialize in braces for adults in Durham and Oxford, NC. A growing percentage of our patients are adult. New, more cosmetic appliances are making adult treatment much more comfortable and convenient.

What is the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist?
An orthodontist is a general dentist that has had at least 2 more years of full-time training in orthodontics resulting in a nationally accepted specialty certificate. The orthodontist then limits his practice to straightening teeth and dentofacial orthopedics.

Can I make all my appointments in the afternoon after school and late in the day?
In order to have early and late appointments available for the majority of patients, some procedures may need to be accomplished during the hours of 9 and 3. We will do our best to work with your schedules and accommodate your family needs.

Do you see patients for emergencies?
Yes, our contact information for an emergency is on our answering machine.

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Financial

Can we make payments for braces and orthodontic treatment?
Yes. Whether or not you have insurance or a dental plan, we will structure a convenient and flexible payment plan for your braces and orthodontic treatment that will allow you to pay for necessary services over a period of time that typically coincides with your treatment plan.

How do you handle insurance?
After verification of coverage, we will agree to bill and collect from an insurance carrier. However, we ask patients to understand that if coverage ceases or changes, the patient is still responsible for the agreed upon fee.

Do you take American Express, Master Card and/or Visa?
Yes, we accept all major credit cards.

Do you have direct debit?
Yes, we have arrangements for direct debit, charge card posting, as well as payments over the internet.

Do you charge interest?
No, we do not.

Do you give family discounts?
We have special programs and fees for multiple patients from the same family.

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Types of Treatment

What is Phase 1 Treatment?
Phase 1 treatment is delivered early and before all permanent teeth have erupted. The purpose of this early care is to start correcting harmful malocclusions that may be more difficult or impossible to correct later. Phase 1 treatment does not eliminate the need for conventional orthodontics done during adolescence. Examples of phase 1 treatment include correcting individual tooth or jaw crossbites and severe underbites and overbites where function, esthetic or psychological concerns are identified.

What is phase 2 Treatment?
Phase 2 treatment is conventional orthodontic treatment. It may start while the last baby teeth are falling out and continue until the 12 year molars have been evaluated or straightened. This treatment usually lasts between 2 and 3 years.

How do I know if Phase 1, 2 or both type of treatments are necessary?
An early visit is suggested. About 10 to 20 percent of young patients may benefit from phase 1 treatment. Most other patients are observed until the appropriate time to initiate care.

Does early treatment ensure a better result?
Not always. Experience and research shows that early treatment achieves meaningful goals but the quality of the result is determined at the end of care. For this reason, we do not encourage early treatment unless significant benefits can be achieved.

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Retainers

Do retainers need to be worn after braces?
Yes, retainers are worn full-time for about 6 months followed by nighttime wear indefinitely.

Why can teeth become crooked after wearing braces or aligners?
Teeth move throughout life whether you have worn braces or not. It is part of the natural aging process. This is why retainer wear is recommended indefinitely to maintain your orthodontic results over lifetime.

How about retainers glued to the backs of teeth?
For some patients, permanent retainers are attached to the back of lower teeth to keep them in place. This requires special hygiene procedures and regular visits to the family dentist.

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Initial Visit

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Do you charge for an initial visit?
No. As a courtesy to you and your family dentist, we will always discuss the feasibility of braces or tooth straightening without charging a fee. There may be a co-payment for X-rays and other diagnostic procedures.  To ensure you have a complimentary Wilson Smile Analysis, click here to download, and print your $249 Savings Certificate.

At what age do you start seeing patients for braces and orthodontic treatment?
As a rule of thumb, we like to evaluate young patients after the 6-year molars erupt and the front permanent teeth just start to appear. This is usually between the ages of 6 and 8.  This is congruent with what The American Association of Orthodontists recommends.

Why do you evaluate patients so young?
The purpose of an early evaluation is to inform and observe more, than to specifically start treatment. At this early age, the eventual needs can be identified and discussed. A small percentage of this young group may need some form of intervention. Habits are evaluated, medical issues are discussed and an observation schedule is arranged.  The earlier our Durham & Oxford, NC orthodontist sees your child, the more options we will also have for braces and orthodontic treatment.

How long will the first visit take?
The first visit can last anywhere between 30 minutes and 1 hour depending on how ready the patient is for treatment. We may just do a visual exam and explain the situation or we may suggest one or more X-rays with complete diagnostics including casts of the teeth with photographs.

Do you take patients transferring from out of town?
Yes we do. We handle a patient transferring into one of our Oxford or Durham, NC orthodontic offices from another city just like a new patient. We gather complete diagnostic records to show the current status and propose treatment to complete the work that has been started. Unlike most practices, we do not ask for a large down payment but merely assess a monthly fee to complete the treatment in progress.

Do you have any adult patients for braces?
Absolutely. We specialize in braces for adults in Durham and Oxford, NC. A growing percentage of our patients are adult. New, more cosmetic appliances are making adult treatment much more comfortable and convenient.

What is the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist?
An orthodontist is a general dentist that has had at least 2 more years of full-time training in orthodontics resulting in a nationally accepted specialty certificate. The orthodontist then limits his practice to straightening teeth and dentofacial orthopedics.

Can I make all my appointments in the afternoon after school and late in the day?
In order to have early and late appointments available for the majority of patients, some procedures may need to be accomplished during the hours of 9 and 3. We will do our best to work with your schedules and accommodate your family needs.

Do you see patients for emergencies?
Yes, our contact information for an emergency is on our answering machine.

Back to Top

Financial

Can we make payments for braces and orthodontic treatment?
Yes. Whether or not you have insurance or a dental plan, we will structure a convenient and flexible payment plan for your braces and orthodontic treatment that will allow you to pay for necessary services over a period of time that typically coincides with your treatment plan.

How do you handle insurance?
After verification of coverage, we will agree to bill and collect from an insurance carrier. However, we ask patients to understand that if coverage ceases or changes, the patient is still responsible for the agreed upon fee.

Do you take American Express, Master Card and/or Visa?
Yes, we accept all major credit cards.

Do you have direct debit?
Yes, we have arrangements for direct debit, charge card posting, as well as payments over the internet.

Do you charge interest?
No, we do not.

Do you give family discounts?
We have special programs and fees for multiple patients from the same family.

Back to Top

Types of Treatment

What is Phase 1 Treatment?
Phase 1 treatment is delivered early and before all permanent teeth have erupted. The purpose of this early care is to start correcting harmful malocclusions that may be more difficult or impossible to correct later. Phase 1 treatment does not eliminate the need for conventional orthodontics done during adolescence. Examples of phase 1 treatment include correcting individual tooth or jaw crossbites and severe underbites and overbites where function, esthetic or psychological concerns are identified.

What is phase 2 Treatment?
Phase 2 treatment is conventional orthodontic treatment. It may start while the last baby teeth are falling out and continue until the 12 year molars have been evaluated or straightened. This treatment usually lasts between 2 and 3 years.

How do I know if Phase 1, 2 or both type of treatments are necessary?
An early visit is suggested. About 10 to 20 percent of young patients may benefit from phase 1 treatment. Most other patients are observed until the appropriate time to initiate care.

Does early treatment ensure a better result?
Not always. Experience and research shows that early treatment achieves meaningful goals but the quality of the result is determined at the end of care. For this reason, we do not encourage early treatment unless significant benefits can be achieved.

Back to Top

Retainers

Do retainers need to be worn after braces?
Yes, retainers are worn full-time for about 6 months followed by nighttime wear indefinitely.

Why can teeth become crooked after wearing braces or aligners?
Teeth move throughout life whether you have worn braces or not. It is part of the natural aging process. This is why retainer wear is recommended indefinitely to maintain your orthodontic results over lifetime.

How about retainers glued to the backs of teeth?
For some patients, permanent retainers are attached to the back of lower teeth to keep them in place. This requires special hygiene procedures and regular visits to the family dentist.

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