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Initial Visit

Sunshine Orthodontics - FAQDo 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.

At what age do you start seeing patients?

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.

Why do you evaluate patients so young?

The purpose of early evaluation is to inform and observe, more than to start treatment. At this early age, the eventual needs may 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.

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 and 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 our office 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?

Absolutely. 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 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 posted on the website as well as the phone answering machine.

Financial

Can we make payments?
How do you handle insurance?
Do you take American Express, Master Card and/or Visa?
Do you have direct debit?
Do you charge interest?
Do you give family discounts?

Types of Treatment

What is Phase 1 Treatment?
What is phase 2 Treatment?
How do I know if Phase 1, 2 or both type of treatments are necessary?
Does early treatment ensure a better result?

Moving of teeth (Mechanics)

How long do braces take?
How do braces work?

Retainers

Do retainers need to be worn after braces?
Why do teeth get crooked after wearing braces or aligners?
How about retainers glued to the backs of teeth?

Wisdom teeth (Third Molars)

Do wisdom teeth cause teeth to get crooked?
Why do wisdom teeth need to be removed?
When is a good time to have wisdom teeth removed?

Temporomandibular Disorders (TMJ)

Can braces or orthodontic treatment treat or cause TMJ problems?

Health Impact

What are the health benefits of wearing braces?
How do enlarged adenoids and allergies affect braces?
How does a tongue thrust or low tongue posture affect braces?