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Dental Facts

  • Children have 20 baby teeth or primary teeth. Babies generally begin getting their primary teeth around the age of 5 months. At about 5 or 6 years old, children begin losing their primary teeth.
  • Around the age of 6 years old, children also get a set of permanent molars, called primary molars or more commonly the 6 year molars, in the very back of their mouths. Another set of permanent molars, called secondary molars or 12 year molars, come in around the age of 12 years old. We recommend that both sets of molars get sealants in order to prevent cavities.
  • Adults have 32 permanent teeth including wisdom teeth.
  • Sugar-free chewing gum with xylitol may prevent cavities by increasing saliva production and substituting sugar with xylitol, a compound that bacteria cannot use to form a cavity. Also, chocolate is less harmful than sticky candy because it melts easily where as sticky candies adhere to teeth and cause decay.
  • In children under the age 16, regular brushing with fluoridated toothpaste results in 24% fewer cavities than does brushing with non-fluoridated toothpaste. You can begin using toothpaste with fluoride for your child at age 3 or as soon as he or she learns to spit.
  • While brushing twice a day prevents plaque buildup and bad breath, flossing prevents decay from forming in between your child’s teeth where brush bristles cannot reach.
  • Constant snacking on even healthy foods can cause decay! If your child likes to snack, limit the amount of time they spend snacking. Let your child sit down and eat his or her snack within 10 or 15 minutes. Also, try to cut down on juice or water it down. Only give your child water before bed, as milk can also cause decay. “It’s not what you eat, but how often!”

Ortho Facts

  • Patients can begin early treatment for braces as early as age 7 when the four front permanent teeth are all the way in on top. There is no such thing as being too old for braces.
  • Even while your child has his or her braces on, it is extremely important to get dental cleanings every 3 or 6 months. The monthly appointment to have your child’s braces adjusted does not replace regular cleaning appointments.
  • Every treatment plan is different as no two people have exactly the same bite. Patient cooperation with keeping scheduled appointments, oral hygiene, and appliance wear as instructed, will ensure that treatment goes according to the estimated time.
  • How much will braces cost? Are financing options available? How does my insurance work?
    It is impossible to give an exact cost for treatment until we have examined your child. Often, different treatment options are available with various treatment fees. We have many financing options available to accommodate your needs, and we will review these with you. As far as insurance is concerned, we ask that you kindly inquire about your coverage with your insurance company in order to receive the most accurate information because each insurance plan differs.
  • How often will my child have appointments?
    Appointments are scheduled according to each patient’s needs. Most patients in braces will be seen every 5-10 weeks. If there are specific situations that require more frequent monitoring, we will schedule appointments accordingly.
  • Do braces hurt?
    Generally, braces do not “hurt.” After certain visits, teeth may be sore for a few days. In these situations, over-the-counter pain medications such as Advil or Tylenol will ease the discomfort. However, after most visits, patients do not feel sore. We often remind our patients, “It does not have to hurt to work!”
  • What are the steps to get started with braces?
    First you will have an Ortho Evaluation, during which the doctor will look at various aspects of your child’s dentition. You will receive a quote for how much treatment will cost as well as an estimated length for treatment time. Next, you will schedule an appointment for an Orthodontic Work-up. This visit consists of various digital and x-ray pictures and impressions of your child’s teeth. Unless otherwise specified by our financial department, your payment of $305.00 is due at the work-up visit.

    About 5 weeks later, your Orthodontic Consult will be scheduled. At this visit you will sit down with the orthodontic assistant and go over the exact treatment designed for your child. You will be able to ask any questions you may have about your child’s treatment.

    One week later, your separators will be placed in order to gradually make space for the bands to be placed.
    After one week, FINALLY, your appointment for the braces to be put on your child’s teeth can be scheduled.

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1. Parents always welcomed in treatment area.
2. Timely Scheduling Availabilty, Minimal Wait time on appointment day
3. Family friendly atmosphere
4. Digital x-rays (90% less radiation),
5. Dye and BPA free alternatives
6. Payment Plans- Most Insurance Accepted
7. Early and Adult Orthodontics, Invisalign
8. Teeth Whitening
9. 32 yrs in dentistry; member of AAPD, ADA, SSPD, GDA, Gnathos

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