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.
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.
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 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.
We work with most major insurance companies and will look into your coverage and file the necessary paperwork on your behalf.
Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that specializes in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial irregularities.
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.
- 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
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
No. However, there may be an initial period of adjustment. In addition, brace covers can be provided to prevent discomfort.
Yes, you should continue to see your general dentist every six months for cleanings and dental checkups.
- A device that assists in the straightening of teeth. Examples are braces, Invisalign, and retainers
- The wire that extends through each bracket slot in braces
- A metal device that wraps around the tooth to hold a bracket or tube in place
- 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.
- The technique of attaching an orthodontic device directly to the enamel of the tooth with the use of adhesive
- The metal device (also referred to as a brace) for fastening the archwire to the tooth or band
- A spring that fits between the bracket and the archwire to open space between teeth
- A small rubber band that attaches to the braces to exert forces on teeth to facilitate movement
- A small rubber band that encircles the bracket to seat the archwire in the bracket slot
- A device used to improve the placement of the bite or jaw
- A device that corrects overbite by holding the lower jaw in a protrusive position
- A small device to which elastics or other auxiliary devices are attached
- A type of braces that are placed behind teeth so that no one can see them. Also known as Incognito braces.
- A type of treatment that uses a series of clear plastic aligners, similar to clear retainers, to gradually move teeth
- A wire used to tie a tooth to an orthodontic appliance or another tooth
- A tooth or gum shield worn by patients (athletes) to prevent injuries
- A device used to widen the upper jaw so that the upper and lower teeth will fit together
- A device, usually made of plastic and wires, to hold teeth in position after treatment
- 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
- A soft, malleable substance placed on brackets to prevent rubbing or irritation
- The process of adhering bands to teeth
- The attachment of an orthodontic device directly to the tooth enamel
- A diagnostic tool very similar to an X-ray. This device is typically used for treatment planning
- The first evaluation done by an orthodontist. Typically, this is a visual assessment where the doctor identifies the treatment parameters
- The process of removing orthodontic appliances from the teeth
- 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.