Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between an Orthodontist and a General Dentist?
Orthodontics is the field of dental specialty that focuses on diagnosing, preventing and treating dental and facial irregularities, including misaligned teeth and jaws. Our orthodontist, Dr. Bar, received three years of additional training following dental school in managing tooth movement and guiding facial development. Furthermore, he has passed a written and an oral board to become a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics. Only 1 in 4 orthodontists have this prestigious honor.
When should my child receive their first orthodontic screening?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children receive their initial orthodontic screening by age 7. At this age, several permanent teeth have erupted and any developing problems will be easy to diagnose and treat.
Isn't a 7 year-old too young for a screening?
Two important things are available at age 7: a lot of diagnostic information and future facial growth. For some children, available growth can be a powerful advantage in treatment results.
Am I too old for braces?
No! While the majority of patients who receive orthodontic treatment are children or teenagers, more and more adults are seeking orthodontic treatment to improve their smiles and oral health. If you have teeth and healthy supporting structures, you’re never too old. You can spend the rest of your life with an attractive smile if you choose to.
What are my options for braces?
There are many types of braces available today. The three most common types of braces are metal braces, ceramic or clear braces, and clear aligners. During your consultation appointment, Dr. Bar will help you determine which type of braces is right for you.
Is orthodontics expensive?
Here at Adventure Orthodontics, we offer 0% financing and a reasonable initial down payment, so that treatment is affordable for everyone. Our goal is to provide outstanding value for reasonable fees. From there, we offer flexible payment plans and automatic bank drafts. Our dedicated and experienced team are happy to check with your insurance company for any orthodontic benefits covered under your plan. Our goal is to make sure that our patients’ dental problems never turn into financial problems.
Can I discreetly straighten my teeth?
Yes! Clear ceramic braces, clear aligners and other options make it simple for your teeth to be properly but discreetly aligned. We understand that braces can impact a patient’s confidence and self-esteem. Our team wants you to feel and look your best during and after your orthodontic treatment, so call us today to see if discreet straightening techniques are right for you!
What do I do if I lose or break my retainer?
If you lose or break your retainers, we urge you to call our office as soon as possible. Even if you have finished your orthodontic treatment for years, please call us immediately to let us know that you need your retainers repaired/replaced. Research have shown that teeth continue to move long after orthodontic therapy. The American Association of Orthodontists recommended a lifetime wear of your retainers to insure the investment that you’ve made on your/your child’s straight and beautiful smile!
How long will I need orthodontic treatment?
Orthodontic treatment times vary greatly depending on the patient. With advanced technology, orthodontic treatment is now faster, more comfortable and more effective than in years past, making it a great time to straighten your smile. During your consultation, our orthodontist will work with you to create a treatment plan that suits all of your orthodontic needs.
I'm terrified to visit the orthodontist - what can I do?
Please speak with our team. We take your fear seriously and will work with you to help you feel more comfortable in our office. We are a fun office and strive our best to make sure our patients are comfortable in a relaxing, friendly, and non-judgmental environment.