Common Questions

What is an orthodontist?

An orthodontist is a dentist who has specialized in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics.  After completing college and four years of dental school, he/she has taken two or more additional years of full time specialized training in the treatment of conditions of malaligned teeth and malrelationships of the jaws and other supporting structures of the facial complex.

Can I have all my appointments be after school/work?

Unfortunately, we’re unable to accommodate all of our patients in afternoon appointments.  There are also a few procedures that will be needed during orthodontic treatment that take as much as 90 minutes.  For the benefit of all of our patients, we only perform these longer procedures during the morning hours so that we can fit as many regular adjustments into the afternoons as possible.  Even with this it will be necessary to have some adjustment appointments during the morning hours.

We see many patients and schedule our appointments 6 to 8 weeks in advance for regular adjustments.  We have found that the most fair way to work with all of our patient’s schedules is to rotate morning and afternoon appointments for each patient.  This means that it will be likely that every other adjustment appointment will be during the morning hours.  Again, this is so that we can be fair to as many of our patients as possible.

We will work with you when scheduling appointments that require a short absence from school so that the student doesn’t miss the same class each time.  We have found that this along with an explanation of the nature of the orthodontic treatment will satisfy most school/athletic requirements.

Do I still have to visit my general dentist when I have braces?

The short answer is YES!

Visiting your general dentist every 6 months for a cleaning and examination is very important, especially when you have braces.

When is the right time for an orthodontic evaluation?

Even though most people think of pre-teens and teens when they think of orthodontics, there are good reasons your child should get an orthodontic evaluation much sooner. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends a check-up with an orthodontic specialist no later than age 7.

How much do braces cost?

One of the most commonly asked questions about orthodontic treatment is “how much will braces cost”. The difficulty with this question is that “it depends”. It really is impossible to give a real cost for braces without first examining the patient to determine what sort of treatment, if any, is necessary At Harmony Orthodontics, we offer a no-cost initial orthodontic* exam for just this reason. We understand that you’re hesitant to start orthodontic treatment without knowing how much it will cost. At the end of the no-cost intial orthodontic exam, we’ll provide you with a full cost and payment options for the recommended treatment. The great thing is that this is not a high-pressure sales pitch on why you should get started. Our goal during the initial exam is to answer any questions that you may have and to explain exactly what treatment is recommended, even if the recommendation is “no treatment necessary”. You’ll find that our goal at Harmony Orthodontics is to provide the best care possible for our patients. We always strive to provide the same treatment for our patients that we would provide for our own children.

* no-cost exam limited to orthodontic evaluation