New Patients

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When you come in for your first visit we’ll show off our beautiful studio and introduce you to our whole team. We also need to collect some information in order to plan our best method of treatment. You can get a head start and fill out these forms ahead of time online if you would like. We’ll also explain the orthodontic process and, of course, check out your smile!

With your individual study records, Dr. Caskey will create a case analysis and a comprehensive treatment plan prior to beginning treatment. The study records consist of photographs and x-rays of your teeth.

Dr. Caskey will review all of the possible treatment options available to you, discuss your concerns and our common shared treatment objectives and the orthodontic method by which these goals will be accomplished. We hope both the patient and the parent of our younger patients (preferably both parents) are there, since we will talk about everyone’s responsibilities. You are gonna love this!

First Visit

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We can’t wait to meet you and welcome you to our office! Our team is committed to making your treatment as easy and enjoyable as possible, in a friendly and welcoming environment.

During your first visit, we’ll begin by taking diagnostic pictures and x-rays, you’ll get acquainted with the process and procedures for orthodontics; we’ll discuss your customized treatment options in detail, probable treatment length, and associated costs. The initial consultation is free.

Payment Plans

At your consultation, we will discuss treatment fees, insurance coverage and financial arrangements in detail. We offer many payment options, all of which are individualized by you. From zero interest financing, low monthly payments, FLEX plan utilization, and many other options. Our goal is to never let financial constraints get in the way of excellent orthodontic treatment.

Treatment Costs

Treatment costs can vary widely, depending on the patient and case. All treatment plans are customized for each individual and associated costs depend on the severity of necessary treatment.

Insurance

We work with most major insurance companies and will look into your coverage and file the necessary paperwork on your behalf.

Forms

FAQs

What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that specializes in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial irregularities.

What is an orthodontist?

An orthodontist is a specialist who has completed an advanced education program following dental school to learn the special skills required to manage tooth movement and guide facial development.

What are some possible benefits of orthodontics?
  • A more attractive smile
  • Reduced appearance-consciousness during critical development years
  • Better function of the teeth
  • Possible increase in self-confidence
  • Increased ability to clean the teeth
  • Improved force distribution and wear patterns of the teeth
  • Better long term health of teeth and gums
  • Guide permanent teeth into more favorable positions
  • Reduce the risk of injury to protruded front teeth
  • Aids in optimizing other dental treatment
What are some signs that braces may be needed?
  • Upper front teeth protrude excessively over the lower teeth, or are bucked
  • Upper front teeth cover the majority of the lower teeth when biting together (deep bite)
  • Upper front teeth are behind or inside the lower front teeth (underbite)
  • The upper and lower front teeth do not touch when biting together (open bite)
  • Crowded or overlapped teeth
  • The center of the upper and lower teeth do not line up
  • Finger or thumb sucking habits which continue after six or seven years old
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Teeth wearing unevenly or excessively
  • The lower jaw shifts to one side or the other when biting together
  • Spaces between the teeth
At what age should orthodontic treatment occur?

Orthodontic treatment can be started at any age. Many orthodontic problems are easier to correct if detected at an early age before jaw growth has slowed. Early treatment may mean that a patient can avoid surgery and more serious complications. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child first visit an orthodontist by age 7 or earlier if a problem is detected by parents, the family dentist, or the child’s physician.

What is Phase I and Phase II treatment?

Phase I, or early interceptive treatment, is limited orthodontic treatment (i.e. expander or partial braces) before all of the permanent teeth have erupted. Such treatment can occur between the ages of six and ten. This treatment is sometimes recommended to make more space for developing teeth, correction of crossbites, overbites, and underbites, or harmful oral habits. Phase II treatment is also called comprehensive treatment because it involves full braces when all of the permanent teeth have erupted, usually between the ages of eleven and thirteen.

Would an adult patient benefit from orthodontics?

Orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age. Everyone wants a beautiful and healthy smile. Twenty to twenty five percent of orthodontic patients today are adults.

How does orthodontic treatment work?

Braces use steady gentle pressure to gradually move teeth into their proper positions. The brackets that are placed on your teeth and the archwire that connects them are the main components. When the archwire is placed into the brackets, it tries to return to its original shape. As it does so, it applies pressure to move your teeth to their new, more ideal positions.

How long does orthodontic treatment take?

Treatment times vary on a case-by-case basis, but the average time is from one to two years. Actual treatment time can be affected by rate of growth and severity of the correction necessary. Treatment length is also dependent upon patient compliance. Maintaining good oral hygiene and keeping regular appointments are important in keeping treatment time on schedule.

Do braces hurt?

The placement of bands and brackets on your teeth does not hurt. Once your braces are placed and connected with the archwires you may feel some soreness of your teeth for one to four days. Your lips and cheeks may need one to two weeks to get used to the braces on your teeth.

Will braces interfere with playing sports?

No. It is recommended, however, that patients protect their smiles by wearing a mouth guard when participating in any sporting activity. Mouth guards are inexpensive, comfortable, and come in a variety of colors and patterns.

Will braces interfere with playing musical instruments?

No. However, there may be an initial period of adjustment. In addition, brace covers can be provided to prevent discomfort.

Should I see my general dentist while I have braces?

Yes, you should continue to see your general dentist every six months for cleanings and dental checkups.

Ortho Dictionary

Appliance
A device that assists in the straightening of teeth. Examples are braces, Invisalign, and retainers
Archwire
The wire that extends through each bracket slot in braces
Band
A metal device that wraps around the tooth to hold a bracket or tube in place
Bite Turbo
A small orthodontic device placed on the back of the upper front teeth to prevent full closure of the teeth. This protects the lower braces from being damaged by the bite.
Bonding
The technique of attaching an orthodontic device directly to the enamel of the tooth with the use of adhesive
Bracket
The metal device (also referred to as a brace) for fastening the archwire to the tooth or band
Coil Spring
A spring that fits between the bracket and the archwire to open space between teeth
Elastic
A small rubber band that attaches to the braces to exert forces on teeth to facilitate movement
Elastic Tie
A small rubber band that encircles the bracket to seat the archwire in the bracket slot
Forsus
A device used to improve the placement of the bite or jaw
Herbst Appliance
A device that corrects overbite by holding the lower jaw in a protrusive position
Hook
A small device to which elastics or other auxiliary devices are attached
iBraces
A type of braces that are placed behind teeth so that no one can see them. Also known as Incognito braces.
Invisalign
A type of treatment that uses a series of clear plastic aligners, similar to clear retainers, to gradually move teeth
Ligature
A wire used to tie a tooth to an orthodontic appliance or another tooth
Mouth Guard
A tooth or gum shield worn by patients (athletes) to prevent injuries
Palatal Expander
A device used to widen the upper jaw so that the upper and lower teeth will fit together
Retainer
A device, usually made of plastic and wires, to hold teeth in position after treatment
Separator
A device or instrument designed to wedge teeth apart, particularly teeth in tight contact. Frequently used for the examination of proximal surfaces, finishing a restoration or before banding
Wax
A soft, malleable substance placed on brackets to prevent rubbing or irritation
Banding
The process of adhering bands to teeth
Bonding
The attachment of an orthodontic device directly to the tooth enamel
Cephalometric X-ray
A diagnostic tool very similar to an X-ray. This device is typically used for treatment planning
Consultation
The first evaluation done by an orthodontist. Typically, this is a visual assessment where the doctor identifies the treatment parameters
Debanding/Debonding
The process of removing orthodontic appliances from the teeth
Impression
A replica of teeth and oral tissue made from a thick liquid material that sets as a solid rubber mass
Cone Beam CT Scan
Three dimensional, wrap around x-ray that uses very low radiation.