Your First Orthodontic Visit
- Am I or is my child a candidate for orthodontic treatment?
- What treatment options are available to me or my child at Belmar Orthodontics?
- Does my child’s treatment need to be delayed until appropriate growth, tooth eruption, or other factors have occurred?
- Is my child a candidate for early treatment to address growth modification of the skeletal structures?
- How long will treatment take?
- How much does treatment cost?
- What is the best payment option for me?
For the convenience of busy families and individuals, weekend and evening appointments are available by appointment. We know your time is valuable, and we work hard to maintain on-time appointments.
Our office is committed to helping you maximize your insurance benefits. If possible, please have your insurance information available when scheduling your free initial consultation. We are happy to contact the insurance company on your behalf to research you benefits and to provide you with a payment plan for the estimated patient portion that meets your needs. SMILES∙FOR∙ALL! Our goal is to make orthodontic treatment available and affordable for EVERYONE!
Initial Exam Frequently Asked Questions
No, it is not. Many of our patients are referred by their family dentist, yet many other patients take the initiative to schedule an examination themselves.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic screening at age 7. By this age several important permanent teeth have erupted. At this time, we can evaluate to see if early treatment is appropriate or if it is better to monitor growth and tooth eruption to start treatment when your child has most or all of his or her permanent teeth.
Upon arriving at Belmar Orthodontics, you or your child will receive two x-rays, which allow us to gather information that is vital to an individualized diagnosis and treatment plan. Dr. T.C. Hardy or Dr. Cindy will then complete a thorough exam, discuss timing and type of treatment needed, and create an appropriate payment plan to make orthodontic treatment available and affordable. The initial examination takes approximately 45-60 minutes.
There are five essential questions that we will cover during the initial examination:
- Is there an orthodontic problem, and if so, what is it?
- What must be done to correct the problem?
- Will any teeth need to be removed?
- How long will the treatment take to complete?
- How much will the treatment cost?
Removing teeth is sometimes required to achieve the best orthodontic result. Straight teeth and a balanced facial profile are the goal of orthodontics. However, because new technology has provided advanced orthodontic procedures, removing teeth is not always necessary for orthodontic treatment.
Treatment time obviously depends on each patient’s specific orthodontic problem. In general, treatment times range from 12 to 30 months. The “average” time frame a person is in braces is approximately 22 months.
It is impossible to give an exact cost for treatment until we have examined you. We will cover the exact cost and financial options during the initial examination. We have several financing options available to accommodate your needs, and we will review these with you. We will also review your insurance policy and help to maximize your benefit and file your claims.
Teeth, and sometimes entire facial structures, are permanently changed by orthodontic treatment. It is important that the treatment be appropriate and properly completed. Orthodontic specialists have extensive and specialized training that enables them to provide their patients with professional, personalized treatments.
Schedule your appointment with Dr. T.C. Hardy & Dr. Cindy today.