3 Questions to Ask Your Child’s Orthodontist

Orthodontist Second Opinion

Did you know children as young as seven years can benefit from orthodontic care? The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children receive a check-up by age seven that evaluates orthodontic health and identifies opportunities for early intervention. Choosing the right orthodontist to perform this checkup – and later provide your child with braces – is an important decision. Between hockey practice and homework, however, it’s easy to put this decision off until the last minute.

Feeling the pressure to make a selection or scrambling to get an appointment? All is not lost. As you begin to narrow down your search, the most important part is the in-person interview. Even if an orthodontist has glowing online recommendations, the in-person interview is still important. This visit is an opportunity to ask the orthodontist questions about his or her approach to care and evaluate the practice as a whole.

You want to be comfortable and confident that the orthodontist you select will offer your child the best possible care at an affordable price. Use these questions to help guide this selection process.

Here are 3 Essential Questions to Ask Your Child’s Orthodontist

How long have you been practicing and what types of cases do you typically treat?

While the length of time practicing is certainly important, you also want to be confident that the orthodontist you choose is fully prepared to meet your child’s unique needs. If your child’s orthodontic needs are a bit more complicated than the typical case, ask to see before and after photos of patients who had similar treatment plans. Finally, ask what type of continuing education or ongoing training the orthodontist and team receive each year. New technology is redefining best practices and treatment approaches. You don’t want to choose an orthodontist that’s still treating patients the exact same way he did 25 years ago when his practice first opened! It’s also important that the practice has modernized with the times and is up-to-date on the latest technology and techniques.

What financing options are available?

Whether your child will be getting braces, Invisalign or another orthodontic treatment option, the final decision often comes down to price. However, it’s important to keep in mind that many factors go into determining the final cost of care. For example, your preferred orthodontist may be slightly more expensive, but if he offers no-interest financing options, you may find that he is actually the more affordable choice in the end. Ask what type of payment plans are available and the interest charges or fees associated with these plans. Can anyone qualify for a payment plan or do you need to pass a credit check first? Finally, consider whether family discounts are available. If you know a younger sibling will be needing braces in the not-so-distance future, it may be more cost effective to choose a provider that offers a family discount.

What is the overall experience like?

When you visit the practice, consider whether the office staff is friendly and approachable. Do they seem easy to work with? Does the practice offer flexible scheduling so your child could visit before or after school, rather than missing class in the middle of the day? Finally, consider whether the orthodontist will “go the extra mile” to support your child’s oral health. As a parent, you know first hand that teens and pre-teens can be pretty stubborn sometimes! Do you get a sense from your visit that the orthodontist will spend a few extra minutes with your child to help make their experience better– or will your child get rushed in and out at every appointment? These little details may seem like extras now, but they’ll go a long way to ensuring you and your child have a positive experience.

Dating Woes? Boost Your Confidence with Straighter Teeth

Valentines Smile Boost Your Confidence

Roses are red, violets are blue, your smile is… crooked? Nothing kills confidence faster than feeling insecure about crooked teeth. When you’re feeling insecure about your smile and appearance, this lack of confidence can affect your romantic life, too.

In a world where modern dating has been reduced to swiping left and right in an app, your profile picture can make or break your dating chances. Worse, if you actually do land that dream date, once you do meet up in person those same old insecurities can bubble back up. Maybe you’re afraid to laugh or smile too much because you don’t want your date to notice your uneven teeth. Rather than being the best, most confident version of yourself, you’re insecure and nervous– killing any potential romance before you even get halfway through a cup of coffee.

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, there’s no time like the present to get serious about your smile. Invisalign is a discreet solution that will help you achieve your dream smile without the awkwardness or discomfort associated with braces. Plus, flexible payment plans mean Invisalign may be more affordable than you think.

Ready to date with confidence? Here’s what you need to know about Invisalign:

1. Invisalign is a discreet teeth-straightening solution.

Let’s face it: the only thing worse than crooked teeth may be unsightly metal braces! As an adult, flashing a mouthful of metal is a sure-fire romance killer. Invisalign is just as effective as traditional braces and completely discreet. Invisalign is a series of clear retainers that are barely noticeable. You can remove them anytime, including when eating a meal. With Invisalign, you don’t need to worry about food getting caught in your metal braces while out on a date or those braces hurting your chances for a kiss goodnight!

2. Invisalign is comfortable and effective.

Conventional metal braces have a well-earned reputation for being uncomfortable. The protruding bits of metal can puncture and scratch the insides of your mouth and gums. Worse, every time you visit your orthodontist, your wires will get tightened, causing soreness and pain for several days after the visit. Invisalign is different. The smooth, clear aligners won’t scratch or irritate the inside of your mouth and gums. You’ll gradually change aligners during treatment, moving toward your end goal of straighter teeth without the pain of metal braces.

3. Your oral health will benefit, too.

Crooked or uneven teeth not only hurt your dating confidence, but a less-than-perfect smile can also hurt your oral health. Since it’s harder to clean between crooked teeth, plaque can build up more quickly, increasing the risk for periodontal disease. In addition to an increased risk for oral health problems, you may also suffer from some pretty bad breath! Think about it: all those trapped bacteria and food particles can create a pretty nasty odor over time, no matter how much your brush or gargle mouthwash. Bad breath on a date is definite romance killer!

4. Invisalign is more affordable than you realize.

Most insurance companies will provide coverage for Invisalign just as they provide coverage for braces. Even if your insurance does not cover the full cost of your treatment, our orthodontists offer flexible payment plans to help you afford the smile of your dreams. At Docbraces, our payment plans take the total cost of insurance reimbursement off the top and then splits payment up over the length of your treatment. Even better, we offer no-interest payment plans that don’t require a credit check.

Don’t wait for cupid’s arrow to make the perfect love match. Schedule a free consultation with the Docbraces team to learn whether Invisalign is right for you– and boost your dating confidence!

Invisalign: More Affordable Than You Realize

what does invisalign cost

Are you dreaming of straighter teeth in 2017 but worried about the treatment costs? Invisalign may be more affordable than you realize. In fact, the total cost for Invisalign treatment is similar to conventional braces. If you’re choosing between the comfort and ease of clear, removable aligners versus uncomfortable and potentially embarrassing metal braces, Invisalign is the “clear” winner. More»

Jaw Pain? Learn How Orthodontic Care May Help

Jaw Pain Orthodontic Docbraces

Most patients who seek orthodontic treatment do so because of crooked teeth or misaligned bites, known as “malocclusions”. But what about individuals who experience a popping or clicking sensation in their jaws or suffer from chronic jaw pain– could braces or Invisalign help?

TMJ is a chronic pain condition that occurs in the temporomandibular joint, which acts like a sliding hinge connecting the jawbone to the skull. The precise cause of TMJ pain can be difficult to determine as multiple factors including jaw injuries and stress may play a role. In some cases, self-care measures can help relieve this pain. For other patients, persistent jaw pain can severely compromise their quality of life. More»

New Year, New You: Why Get Invisalign in 2017

Invisalign: New Year, New You

Lose those pesky extra pounds, go to the gym, eat healthy, achieve my dream smile with straighter teeth …

Are straighter teeth on your New Year’s resolutions list? By the end of January, even the most well-intentioned resolutions like losing weight or exercising more fall by the wayside. Straightening your teeth is an easy resolution to keep. The first step is as simple as an appointment with an orthodontist. More»

Surviving the Holidays with Braces: What Every Parent Needs to Know

Holidays with Braces

From extended family gatherings to decorating and gift shopping, the holidays are a whirlwind of activity that can be stressful for anyone. One way to really up the holiday stress ante? Be the parents of a teen who just got braces!

Getting braces right before the holidays can be an especially challenging experience for teens who may feel anxious over their new appearance. Restrictions on which foods they can eat and new requirements for brushing and flossing can further compound this challenge. More»

How to Pick Your Child’s Orthodontist in Halifax

Child’s Orthodontist in Halifax

Does your child need braces? Braces can boost your child’s confidence, support correct oral development and improve their health for a lifetime. Perhaps you’ve taken your child for an early orthodontic evaluation or been told by your pediatric dentist that your child needs braces.

Deciding it’s time for your child to get braces is the easy part. Now you need to pick an orthodontist! Keep these considerations in mind: More»

Change Your Smile, Change Your Life

Change Your Smile Change Your Life

Do you avoid smiling because you are embarrassed by your crooked teeth or uneven smile? One of the first things people notice about you is your smile. In fact, 96 percent of adults believe an attractive smile will make them more appealing to members of the opposite sex. The opposite is also true: adults fear that a crooked or uneven smile will make them less attractive to romantic partners, friends and coworkers. They worry this smile will distract from their otherwise great personality or attractive facial features.

Worse, teeth that overlap can also appear darker than others under certain lighting conditions. Your smile sets the tone for your entire day. If you look in the mirror every morning and hate what you see, that’s a huge drain on your confidence and self esteem! More»

What Does Invisalign Cost?

what does invisalign cost

If you’re considering Invisalign braces, you may have read that the typical cost of Invisalign is more than regular braces. Don’t be put off by the cost, however. In fact, for some patients, the cost of Invisalign may be equivalent to the cost of traditional braces or even a bit less. That’s because cost varies a bit on a case-by-case basis. Factors like individual alignment needs and jaw/bite correction can influence overall cost. Additionally, your orthodontist may offer a payment plan that can help reduce your Invisalign cost.

Worried about the cost of Invisalign treatment? Don’t be! Below, we answer the most frequently asked questions about Invisalign costs: More»