What to expect

During the initial orthodontic evaluation for each patient, we will address the following questions that cover the basics of orthodontic treatment (and of course any other questions you may have!):

• Is treatment needed now or should treatment be delayed until appropriate growth, tooth eruption or other factors have occurred?
• What treatment procedures will be used to correct the problem?
• Do any permanent teeth need to be removed?
• How long will treatment take?
• How much will it cost and are there payment options?

Phases

Are  you  a  candidate for treatment?
Orthodontics is not merely for improving the aesthetics of the smile treatment improves bad bites (malocclusions). Malocclusions occur as a result of tooth or jaw misalignment. Malocclusions affect the way you smile, chew, clean your teeth or feel about your smile.

Why should malocclusions be treated?
According to studies by the American Association of Orthodontists, untreated malocclusions can result in a variety of problems. Crowded teeth are more difficult to properly brush and floss, which may contribute to tooth decay and/or gum disease. Protruding teeth are more susceptible to accidental chipping.

Brazones_orthodontics_Phaseone_smallDuring the first phase of treatment, Dr. Brazones will work with your child’s jaw and muscles. This treatment will help permanent teeth grow into the right place and the jaw to fit together well. By starting early, you’ve given your child the best chance for the best result. Early treatment may last a year or longer. Your child may wear braces during this time, but they will be used mainly as an anchor for other appliances that will influence the growth of bone muscle. In most case, a second phase of orthodontic treatment is also necessary and will usually start after permanent teeth have appeared.

 

Brazones_orthodontics_Teen_smallAs permanent teeth have appeared it will now be time to look at your teeth and jaw to see if they need to be moved. You might need braces, headgear, or a positioner. Braces put steady pressure on your teeth to move them into place. As your teeth will move, Dr. Brazones will adjust the braces.

adult_small2_brazonesBraces aren’t just for kids anymore. Tooth alignment can be changed at any age if your gums and bone structure are healthy. We offer a variety of treatments that are designed for different age groups – including adults. A new smile can begin today.

Orthodontic treatment at later stages in life can dramatically improve your personal appearance and self-esteem. Improving the health of your teeth and gums is equally important. Crooked teeth and a bad bite can contribute to gum and bone loss, tooth decay, abnormal wear of the tooth enamel and surfaces, headaches and jaw joint (TMJ/TMD) pain.

A large percentage of our patients are adults, and they agree that it’s never too late to improve their greatest asset – their smile.

tmj_phases_brazonesThis term describes a group of problems related to the Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and nearby muscles. Your symptoms may be painful and frustrating. You may have headaches, tooth pain, clicking sounds or muscle aches. If you are having TMJ symptoms, Dr. Brazones will come up with a treatment plan to help you have a healthier and more comfortable jaw.

Brazones_OrthodonticsCorrective jaw surgery (orthognathic surgery) treats and corrects abnormalities of the facial bones, specifically the jaws and the teeth. Often, these abnormalities cause difficulty associated with chewing, talking, sleeping and other routine activities. Orthognathic surgery corrects these problems and, in conjunction with orthodontic treatment, will improve the overall appearance of the facial profile.

Types of Braces

Today, patients now have more options when it comes to wearing braces. Regular metal braces are still widely used, clear braces are becoming increasingly popular along with removable appliances that can be used for mild cases of misaligned teeth. Take a look below to learn more about these options at our office.

Clear

Ceramic braces are made of translucent (clear) material. They are most popular with adult patients, due to their cosmetic appeal.

Metal Brackets

Metal self-ligating (no colored elastic ties) bracket s and conventional metal brackets with your choice of colored elastic ties.  

Invisalign

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GET TO KNOW INVISALIGN®

Invisalign® takes a modern approach to straightening teeth, using a custom-made series of aligners created for you and only you. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth. Wearing the aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place, based on the exact movements your dentist or orthodontist plans out for you. There are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten. You just pop in a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks, until your treatment is complete.

orthognathic surgery

Corrective jaw surgery (orthognathic surgery) treats and corrects abnormalities of the facial bones, specifically the jaws and the teeth. Often, these abnormalities cause difficulty associated with chewing, talking, sleeping and other routine activities. Orthognathic surgery corrects these problems and, in conjunction with orthodontic treatment, will improve the overall appearance of the facial profile.

Using the latest in digital imaging technology, we will demonstrate the overall functional and aesthetic benefits of orthognathic surgery. Computerized treatment planning minimizes treatment times, recovery periods and the overall efficacy of your surgery. State-of-the-art materials such as titanium plates and miniature screws provide stability, strength and predictability to your treatment. These advances in technology, procedures and equipment reduce post-surgical recovery time, thus allowing patients to return to their normal routines soon after the surgery.

Orthognathic surgery may be unnecessary if orthodontic treatment can correct the problem. With the latest advances in orthodontics, this is sometimes the case. We will determine if orthognathic surgery is the correct treatment option for you.

Financials

It is our mission to provide you with affordable, high-quality treatment that fits your budget!

We offer three different payment options to meet your needs. Please ask us about financing options. We thoroughly explain your options, so that we can accommodate your needs.

For your convenience, we accept: Visa, MasterCard and Discover credit cards.  You can also receive up to a 3% cash discount for payment in full at the start of orthodontic treatment.

In addition to our in-office financing option, we are happy to offer financing with a company called CareCredit, which has a payment option that will fit comfortably in almost any monthly budget.  No down payment, prepayment penalty, or annual fees.  They offer a revolving line of credit that can be used by the whole family for ongoing healthcare.  Contact our office for more information or check it out at www.carecredit.com.

Insurance

Orthodontic insurance is a rider to your dental insurance plan. There is normally a lifetime maximum benefit for orthodontic treatment per person. There may also be a co-pay and an annual maximum on your policy. Most plans cover a dependant until age 19. Some insurance companies will process diagnostic records under your dental plan rather than under the orthodontic coverage.

If your insurance plan covers orthodontic treatment, you will receive the benefit of reduced personal costs. We will submit a claim in your behalf so that you may receive the orthodontic benefit available to you. Insurance policies vary and we will review yours to determine the appropriate course of action.

OUR REWARDS PROGRAM

A token of our appreciation!

We would like to offer you some perks along your orthodontic journey — to not only brighten your visits to our office but also to encourage you to get your braces removed and to complete your treatment on time!

We are calling this our Patient Reward program, developed in appreciation for our patients who strive to do their very best to keep their teeth clean, keep and attend their appointments in a timely way, and to take care of their orthodontic appliances and braces.

At each of your regularly scheduled orthodontic appointments, you may earn a token for:

  1. Arriving on time to sign-in and brush your teeth so that you are ready when your appointment time begins
  2. Great oral hygiene
  3. Wearing your head gear the number of hours recommended
  4. Wearing your elastics as you have been instructed
  5. Wearing your retainers as instructed
  6. Wearing your bite splint as instructed.

What can you get for your tokens? You may redeem your tokens for a variety of items:

1-3 tokens
a selection from our Shopping Cart
15 tokens
a $5 gift certificate to McDonald’s
15 tokens
a Starbucks card
25 tokens
one movie pass ($7.50 value)
30 tokens
a $10 gas card
30 tokens
an ITunes gift card