Do you charge for an initial visit?
No. As a courtesy to you and your family dentist, there is no fee for your consultation with Dr. Hage to discuss orthodontic treatment.
At what age do you start seeing patients?
We like to evaluate young patients after the first permanent molars erupt and the front adult teeth just start to appear. This is usually between the ages of 6 and 8.
Why do you evaluate patients so young?
The purpose of early evaluation is to inform and observe, rather than to start treatment. At this early age, the eventual needs can be more easily identified and discussed. A small percentage of this young group may need some form of intervention. We’ll evaluate habits and discuss general bite considerations. If necessary, an observation schedule is arranged.
What are the health benefits of wearing braces?
Orthodontics helps to improve the comfort of the bite, make it easier to brush and floss your teeth for good dental health, and many times helps to balance the facial musculature. The positive self-esteem benefits are immeasurable.
How long will the first visit take?
The first visit can last anywhere between 30 minutes and 1 hour depending on whether the patient is ready for treatment. Dr. Hage will perform a clinical exam and explain the situation or may suggest one or more X-rays of the teeth along with photographs.
Do you take patients transferring from out of town?
Yes we do. We handle a patient transferring into our office from another city just like a new patient. We gather complete diagnostic records to show the current status and propose treatment to complete the work that has been started. Unlike most practices, we do not ask for a large down payment but merely assess a monthly fee to complete the treatment in progress.
Do you have any adult patients?
Absolutely. A growing percentage of our patients are adult. New, more cosmetic appliances are making adult treatment much more comfortable and convenient.
What is the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist?
An orthodontist is a general dentist that has had at least 2 more years of full-time training in an orthodontic residency resulting in a nationally accepted specialty certificate. The orthodontist then limits his practice to straightening teeth and dentofacial orthopedics.
Can I make all my appointments in the afternoon after school and late in the day?
In order to have early and late appointments available for the majority of patients, some procedures need to be accomplished during the hours of 9 and 1. We will do our best to work with your schedules and accommodate your family needs.
Do you see patients for emergencies?
Yes, our contact information for an emergency is posted on the website.
Can we make payments?
Yes. Whether or not you have insurance or a dental plan, we will structure a convenient payment plan that will allow you to pay for necessary services over a period of time that usually coincides with your treatment plan.
How do you handle insurance?
After verification of coverage, we will agree to bill and collect from an insurance carrier. However, we ask patients to understand that if coverage ceases or changes, the patient is still responsible for the agreed upon fee.
Do you take American Express, Discover, Master Card and/or Visa?
Yes, we accept all major credit cards.
Do you have direct debit?
Yes, we have arrangements for direct debit, charge card posting, as well as payments over the internet.
Do you charge interest?
No we do not.
Do you give family discounts?
We have special programs and fees for multiple patients from the same family.
Types of Treatment
What is Phase 1 Treatment?
Phase 1 treatment is delivered early and before all permanent teeth have erupted. The purpose is to address any harmful malocclusions that can be difficult or impossible to correct later. Phase 1 treatment does not eliminate the need for conventional orthodontics during adolescence. Examples of Phase 1 treatment include correcting individual tooth or jaw crossbites and severe underbites and overbites where function, esthetic or psychological concerns are identified.
What is phase 2 Treatment?
Phase 2 treatment is conventional orthodontic treatment. It may start while the last baby teeth are falling out and continue until the 12 year molars have been evaluated or straightened. This treatment usually lasts between 2 and 3 years.
How do I know if Phase 1, 2 or both type of treatments are necessary?
An early visit is suggested. About 10 to 20 percent of young patients may benefit from Phase 1 treatment. Most other patients are observed until the appropriate time to initiate care.
Does early treatment ensure a better result?
Not always. Experience and research shows that early treatment achieves meaningful goals but the quality of the result is determined at the end of care. For this reason, we do not encourage early treatment unless significant benefits can be achieved.
I need to be pre-medicated for the dentist. Do I need to take my medicine for the orthodontist?
For most routine orthodontic appointments, antibiotic premedication is not necessary. Occasionally, certain procedures will require medication. We will always let you know whether to take your medicine prior to a scheduled appointment.
How long does orthodontic treatment take?
Complete treatment can usually be accomplished in 2 years of active tooth movement. Sometimes, this active movement is divided into two or more periods of time with a rest of 6 to 18 months in between. (See Phase 1 and 2 treatment above).
How do braces work?
Crooked teeth are gradually moved into desired positions by taking shaped wires and attaching them to brackets on the teeth. Over time, the teeth will gradually take on the shape and size of the wires.
Do you use recycled braces or wires?
Do retainers need to be worn after braces?
Yes, retainers are worn full-time for 3 days followed by nighttime wear indefinitely.
Why do teeth get crooked after wearing braces or Invisalign?
Teeth move throughout life whether you have worn braces or not. It is part of the natural aging process. This is why retainer wear is recommended indefinitely to maintain your orthodontic results over a lifetime.
How about retainers glued to the backs of teeth?
For some patients, permanent retainers are attached to the back of your teeth to keep them in place. This requires special hygiene procedures and regular recalls to the family dentist.