11810 Parklawn Dr., Suite 101, Rockville, MD 20852 | 301.881.6170
We always look forward to welcoming new patient to the orthodontic side of our practice! The first visit will be a simple and pleasant appointment. The purpose of the initial exam is to determine if orthodontic treatment is warranted, and if so, when is the proper time to begin treatment. Many times, the first visit reveals the patient is not yet ready to begin treatment, and that waiting for more growth and development is the best course of action. If treatment is indicated at the time of the initial visit, an appointment for diagnostic records will be made. Diagnostic records include digital photographs, impressions of the patient’s teeth, and digital panoramic and cephalogram radiographs. If time allows, these diagnostic records can be taken at the time of of the initial visit.
The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that children have their first orthodontic exam at the age of 7. It is possible that problems will develop as the child’s permanent teeth are erupting; but by quickly identifying such problems, you can reduce their severity and prevent early damage. In addition, early orthodontic treatment may eliminate or reduce the need for more extensive orthodontic work later on. Most children do not require early orthodontic treatment.
On average, early interceptive treatment takes around 12 months and comprehensive orthodontic treatment takes around 18-24 months. The total treatment time depends on a number of factors including the severity of the problems and the type of treatment being carried out. Also, the patient’s compliance, oral hygiene habits, and the ability to keep appointments contribute to treatment length.
No two orthodontic problems are the same and treatment costs will vary with the different types of treatment provided. Many orthodontic problems require only simple treatment and you might find that the cost is lower than you expected. Costs will be discussed in full at your initial consultation. The fees that are quoted cover all aspects of your orthodontic treatment including all office visits, emergencies, retainers, and follow up visits.
No. We understand that orthodontic treatment is a large investment and provide a variety of flexible extended payment options. For your convenience, we offer in-house financing options that are interest-free. Some of these options require a down payment.
Placement of the braces is painless, and wearing braces is simple and generally quite easy with the modern devices available. Braces need to be regularly adjusted and this can make the teeth feel tender for a few days. Some of our patients take Advil or Tylenol prior to their appointment, however, this is generally not necessary.
Clarity brackets can give you the same orthodontic results without the need for large, noticeable metal braces. They move teeth with the same efficiency as traditional braces and are safe to use for patients of all ages.