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Jones Orthodontics

Frequently Asked Questions

What is orthodontics and what does an orthodontist do?

As a specialty form of dentistry, orthodontics focuses on malocclusions (bite problems), including the misalignment of teeth as well as improper spacing between teeth. Orthodontics utilizes the latest technology to prevent, diagnosis, treat, and correct all types of bite problems.

Orthodontists are dentists who have completed dental school (received a DDS or DMD degree) and a residency in orthodontics.

What can cause malocclusions and orthodontic problems?

Bite problems may be inherited or acquired. Inherited conditions include alignment issues, missing teeth, overcrowding, or gaps between teeth. Aquired orthodontic conditions can be caused by thumb sucking, tooth decay/disease, or injury.

Do orthodontic treatments cost a lot?

To ensure that you are able to afford the proper care, we offer no-interest payment plans and other financing options. Treating an orthodontic condition is less costly the sooner it is implemented. Because untreated problems can lead to serious, more expensive issues later, preventative care will always cost less.

Also, be sure to check out our coupons and discounts to see if we are offering treatment specials and call us to schedule your consultation.

Will insurance cover my orthodontic care?

Orthodontic insurance providers cover a range of orthodontic procedures. Each insured patient may have different coverage, which is why our billing department will verify your coverage and let you know up front what, if any, fees you will be responsible for.

Orthodontic benefits usually have a lifetime maximum benefit for all services, which will be covered for any care necessary until that amount has been paid. However, damaged or misplaced orthodontic appliances may not be covered.

We are proud to be a provider for:

Aetna PPO and DMO, Ameritas, Assurant, BCBS, Cigna PPO and DHMO, DentaQuest, Guardian, Metlife, United Concordia and United Healthcare

When should I take my child to see an orthodontist?

Because the early treatment of orthodontic conditions helps to prevent further complications, the American Association of Orthodontics suggests that by age seven children should have an orthodontic evaluation. Even if your dentist does not refer you to an orthodontist, we offer a full and comprehensive exam to determine whether intervention is necessary.

How do I know if I need to see an orthodontist?

If you have never had an orthodontic exam, we highly recommend that you receive a comprehensive exam, especially if you have gaps between teeth, an overbite, an underbite, or overcrowding.

Also, if you experience any shifting of your jaw or a change in alignment, you should have an exam to determine if you have a skeletal issue that requires immediate treatment.

Many times we offer special pricing for a consultation with Dr. Jones. Be sure to check out our discounts to see if we are offering this special and call us to schedule your consultation.

How long do orthodontic treatments usually last?

Depending on the severity of your condition, braces can last between six to thirty months. It is uncommon for them to last longer.

Is orthodontic care painful? Does it hurt to wear braces?

Today’s orthodontic technology has allowed for more comfortable treatment options. Adult braces and braces for kids are no longer the painful experience they once were. You or your child may experience tenderness or mild soreness for a few days, but these can be typically alleviated with an over-the-counter pain reliever like ibuprofen or acetaminophen.

I’m an adult that didn’t get the orthodontic care I needed as a child. Is it too late?

It is never too late for orthodontic care! In fact, many of our patients are adults who find that correcting their smile has made them a more confident person. If you are in good overall health, you can receive the care that you need.

Why is tooth extraction sometimes necessary?

While we do our best to avoid tooth extraction, sometimes it is necessary to alleviate overcrowding or to correct a bite problem.

How do I brush my teeth with braces?

Brushing your teeth with braces on can take some time to get used to. Check out this article for helpful tips on how to keep your teeth clean and gums healthy while wearing braces. How to Brush Your Teeth with Braces On
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