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    1. Is it required that my family dentist refer me for treatment? No, it is not. Many of our patients our referred by their family dentist, yet many others take the initiative and schedule an examination on their own.
    2. At what age should I schedule my child’s first orthodontic appointment? The American Association of Orthodontists and Dr. Higgins recommend an orthodontic screening at age 7. By this age, several permanent teeth have erupted, allowing us to effectively evaluate the orthodontic condition.
    3. How long will it take to complete orthodontic treatment? Treatment time depends on each patient’s specific orthodontic problem and is affected by patient cooperation regarding hygiene, breakage, elastic wear if required, and keeping appointments. Our goal is to treat you in the least amount of time possible while producing an excellent result.
    4. How much do braces cost? It’s impossible to give an accurate fee for braces without an exam in our office. We will discuss the treatment and related fees at the complimentary exam with Dr. Higgins. We’ll also review the various financial options available and review any insurance you may have to maximize your benefit.
    5. How often will I have appointments? Appointments are scheduled according to each patient’s needs and treatment. Most patients in braces are seen every 4-6 weeks.
    6. Do braces hurt? Generally braces do not “hurt” but you may experience discomfort for a few days when braces are first placed or after an adjustment. Pain medications such as Advil or Tylenol will ease the discomfort. Braces do not have to be painful to move your teeth!
    7. Do you give shots? No, shots are not a necessary part of orthodontic treatment.
    8. Am I too old for braces? Are you too old for a beautiful confident smile? Of course not! There’s no age limit to looking and feeling your best. With the wide range of orthodontic options we have available, there’s a great option for everyone to have the smile they want.
    9. Do I need to see my family dentist while I’m in orthodontic treatment? Yes! It is extremely important that you continue to see your family dentist every six months or less while in treatment. Dr. Higgins communicates with your family dentist to make them aware of any concerns should they occur. Your hygiene is critical to a beautiful and healthy smile!
    10. Can I still play sports while I have braces? Yes! We recommend a mouthguard for sports to protect your teeth and braces. Talk with the staff at Delta Orthodontic Group about the ones that we recommend.
    11. How are braces put on my teeth? Check out our video below.