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FAQ

  1. Is it required that my family dentist schedule my appointment with the orthodontist?
  2. At what age should I schedule an appointment for an orthodontic screening?
  3. Will my teeth straighten out as they grow?
  4. How do I schedule an appointment for an initial exam?
  5. What will happen at the initial examination appointment?
  6. What will I learn from the initial examination?
  7. Will I need to have teeth extracted for braces?
  8. How long will it take to complete treatment?
  9. How much will braces cost? Are financing options available? How does my insurance work?
  10. How often will I have appointments?
  11. Can I schedule all of my appointments after school?
  12. Can I drop my child off for an appointment?
  13. Do braces hurt?
  14. Can I return to school the day I receive my braces?
  15. Do you give shots?
  16. Do you use recycled braces?
  17. Can I still play sports?
  18. Do I need to see my family dentist while in braces?
  19. Are there foods I cannot eat while I have braces?
  20. How often should I brush my teeth while in braces?
  21. What is an emergency appointment? How are those handled?
  22. Can orthodontic correction occur while a child has baby teeth?
  23. What is Phase One (early) Treatment?
  24. Will my child need full braces if he/she has Phase One treatment?
  25. Will my child need an expander?
  26. Is it too late to have braces if I am already an adult?
  27. Can I wear braces even though I have crowns and missing teeth?
  28. Why should you choose an orthodontic specialist?

  1. Is it required that my family dentist schedule my appointment with the orthodontist?

    No, it is not. Many of our patients are referred by their family dentist, yet many other patients take the initiative to schedule an examination themselves.

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  2. 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 Dr. Weinstein to effectively evaluate your orthodontic condition.

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  3. Will my teeth straighten out as they grow?

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

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

    If you or your child can potentially benefit from orthodontic treatment, simply call our office, send us an e-mail or fill out our appointment request form online. We will be happy to schedule an appointment for you with Dr. Weinstein. When you call to schedule your appointment, our front office staff will request some basic information from you.

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  5. What will happen at the initial examination appointment?

    Dr. Weinstein will meet with you, discuss your concerns, evaluate your orthodontic problems and discuss treatment options. We will also review fees, insurance and financial options. This is a very comfortable, informative visit where you should feel free to ask us about any of your questions or concerns.

    To read more about your first visit, see our First Visit Page.

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  6. What will I learn from the initial examination?

    There are five essential questions that we will cover during the initial examination:

    • Is there an orthodontic problem, and if so, what is it?
    • What must be done to correct the problem?
    • Will any teeth need to be removed?
    • How long will the treatment take to complete?
    • How much will the treatment cost?

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  7. Will I need to have teeth extracted for braces?

    Removing teeth is sometimes required to achieve the best orthodontic result. Straight teeth and a balanced facial profile are the goal of orthodontics. However, because new technology has provided advanced orthodontic procedures and many patients start treatment at a younger age than in the past, removing teeth is not always necessary for orthodontic treatment. In our office less than 15% of patients need to have teeth removed due to orthodontic treatment.

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  8. How long will it take to complete orthodontic treatment?

    Orthodontic treatment time obviously depends on each patient's specific orthodontic problem. In general, treatment times range from 12 to 30 months. Dr. Weinstein can give you a more precise estimate of your treatment time at your initial examination.

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  9. How much do braces cost? Are orthodontic financing options available? How does my insurance work?

    It is impossible to give an exact cost for treatment until we have examined you. We will cover the exact cost and financial options during the initial examination. We have many financing options available to accommodate your needs, and we will review these with you. We will also review your orthodontic insurance policy and help to maximize your benefit and file your claims.

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  10. How often will I have appointments?

    Appointments are scheduled according to each patient's needs. Most patients in braces will be seen every five to 10 weeks. If there are specific situations that require more frequent monitoring, we will schedule appointments accordingly.

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  11. Can I schedule all of my appointments after school?

    Almost all appointments can be scheduled after school. However, there are a few long appointments when we put on braces or remove them, when we need a morning or early afternoon. If you have special needs or requests please speak to our front desk staff as they will make a sincere effort to meet your scheduling needs.

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  12. Can I drop my child off for an appointment?

    Yes. We understand your busy schedule, and we are happy to help you make the most of your time. On some occasions, we may request to speak with a parent when they return, so we ask that parents check in with our staff before dropping off their child.

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  13. Do braces hurt?

    Generally, braces do not "hurt.” After certain visits, teeth may be sore for a few days. In these situations, pain medications such as Advil or Tylenol will ease the discomfort. However, after most visits, patients do not feel any soreness at all! We often remind our patients, “It does not have to hurt to work!” Dr. Weinstein uses very specifically designed wires, braces, appliances and techniques to minimize discomfort. He will discuss them with you at your first appointment.

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  14. Can I return to school the day I receive my braces?

    Yes. There is no reason to miss school because of an orthodontic appointment.

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  15. Do you give shots?

    No. Shots are not necessary in orthodontic treatment.

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  16. Do you use recycled braces?

    Absolutely not! It is our belief that each patient should be provided with their own braces to achieve the best orthodontic result possible.

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  17. Can I still play sports?

    Yes. We recommend a mouth guard for all sports.

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  18. Do I need to see my family dentist while in braces?

    Yes! Regular checkups with your family dentist are important while in braces. Your family dentist will determine the intervals between cleaning appointments while you are in braces.

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  19. Are there foods I cannot eat while I have braces?

    There are two main categories to avoid; very hard foods (ice, crunchy bagels, raw carrots) and sugary, sticky foods (caramel, taffy). Once treatment begins, we will explain the complete instructions and provide a list of foods to avoid. Most foods can still be eaten if you cut things up into smaller pieces and chew gently with your back teeth.

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  20. How often should I brush my teeth while in braces?

    Patients should brush their teeth at least four times each day - after each meal and before going to bed. We will show each patient how to floss his or her teeth with braces and may also provide a prescription for a special fluoride, if necessary.

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  21. What is an emergency appointment? How are those handled?

    If your braces are causing pain or if something breaks, you should call our office. In most cases, we can address these issues over the telephone. If you require an emergency appointment, we will set aside time for you.

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  22. Can orthodontic correction occur while a child has baby teeth?

    Yes. Some orthodontic problems are significant enough to require early intervention. However, if a patient is not yet ready for treatment, we will follow that patient's growth and development until the time is right for treatment to begin.

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  23. What is Phase One (early) treatment?

    Phase One treatment, if necessary, is usually initiated on children between the ages of 7 and 10. Phase One treatment lasts about 12 months. The primary objective for Phase One treatment is to address significant problems to prevent them from becoming more severe and to improve self-esteem and self-image.

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  24. Will my child need full braces if he/she has Phase One treatment?

    Phase One treatment addresses specific problems that are often severe and related to growth issues. It does not correct the position of every tooth. When Phase One is completed we then follow patients as the remainder of their teeth erupt. Throughout this period, parents and patients will be kept informed of future treatment recommendations. Often Phase One patients will require full braces but now the orthodontic problem is less severe and can be resolved in less time.

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  25. Will my child need an expander?

    At the completion of the initial examination, Dr. Weinstein will determine whether your child will benefit from an expander.

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  26. Is it too late to have braces if I am already an adult?

    A surprising percentage of our patients are adults. In fact, 25 percent of all orthodontic patients are adults. Health, happiness and self-esteem are vitally important to adults. No patient is "too old" to wear braces and today we have several options besides metal braces.

    To learn more about adult treatment see our Adult Treatment Page.

     

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  27. Can I wear braces even though I have crowns and missing teeth?

    Yes. A tooth with a crown will move just like a tooth with a simple filling. When teeth are missing, orthodontic treatment will aid in the alignment of the remaining teeth and can help create the ideal space for an implant.

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  28. Why should you choose an orthodontic specialist?

    Teeth, and sometimes entire facial structures, are permanently changed by orthodontic treatment. It is important that the treatment be appropriate and properly completed. Board certified orthodontic specialists have extensive and specialized training that enables them to provide their patients with professional, personalized treatments.

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