Common Questions About Orthodontics

Am I too old for orthodontic treatment?
How long does treatment take?
What’s the cost?
Can I get appliances that are less noticeable?
Will treatment fit my lifestyle?
How often are check-ups?
Can treatment help someone who has missing teeth?
Does gum disease impact orthodontic treatment?
Will I experience discomfort?

Am I too old for orthodontic treatment?

No one is ever too old to benefit from orthodontic treatment! The key factor in determining a good candidate for the multiple options in treatment is the health of a patient’s teeth and gums.

How long does treatment take?

The length of any orthodontic treatment depends on a few things: a) the complexity of the case, b) what the patient hopes to achieve and c) how compliant a patient is with advised treatment.

What’s the cost?

Orthodontic specialists, like Dr. DeQuattro, customize both treatment plans and the fees associated with those plans. After a consultation, you and Dr. DeQuattro can decide what type of treatment, appliances and results are ideal for you. Flexible payment plans, which may include dental insurance plans, FSAs and HSAs can be used to construct an affordable plan.

Can I get appliances that are less noticeable?

Many of today’s orthodontic treatments are designed to minimize the appearance of the appliance and better fit an adult lifestyle. Keep in mind, limiting your treatment options may limit your results. Whether it is clear braces or clear aligners, you have discreet choices to help achieve your desired result.

Will treatment fit my lifestyle?

Certainly! You can still speak clearly, sing, play an instrument, dine out… just about anything. Whistling may be tough! Some temporary adjustments may be necessary, but most patients adapt quickly..

How often are check-ups?

It will depend on the treatment recommendation, but anywhere from six weeks to sixteen weeks during active treatment.

Can treatment help someone who has missing teeth?

Yes! Orthodontic treatment can properly align your teeth and create the proper space for future dental procedures like veneers, crowns, implants, etc.

Does gum disease impact orthodontic treatment?

It is imperative to have a periodontal (gum) check up with either your periodontist or your general dentist to make sure your mouth is a good candidate for treatment. Dr. DeQuattro can absolutely detect when gum disease may be an issue that needs to be addressed.

Will I experience discomfort?

Thanks to new techniques and appliances, today’s orthodontic treatment is more comfortable than ever! Discomfort, if any, is short-lived, can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication or with the use of an orthodontic accelerator.

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