14640 N Tatum Blvd . Suite 5, Phoenix, AZ 85032
Orthodontics is the division of dentistry that addresses facial, as well as bite and alignment imperfections or abnormalities. Specialists in this field design, apply and control the corrective devices (usually braces) needed to put the teeth, lips and jaws into proper positions. This is necessary so skeletal and facial harmony is attained to the greatest degree possible.
Orthodontists have had two to three years of special training after attaining their dental degree. There they were taught the skills needed to diagnose as well as correct tooth alignment, malocclusions (bad bites), and guide facial growth patterns. Since this is their specialty, the orthodontist is up to date on the latest techniques and studies in this field. This enables them to present the different options (methods and their costs) available for your individual case. Teeth and facial profiles can be permanently changed through orthodontics. It’s very important that it be done properly!
No . . . You or your child can have a complementary orthodontic exam at our office any time you want. We will even furnish your dentist information regarding your orthodontic situation and we will remain in contact with his office throughout your treatment. A caring family dentist should always welcome a second opinion from a specialist.
No . . . Age isn’t a problem (we’ve had patients in their late 60′s!) as long as the teeth, gums and bone are healthy you can have treatment at anytime. Seven years old is generally the best time for a child’s first visit. Early intervention or correction can sometimes minimize or eliminate the need for orthodontics later, but it’s hardly ever too late.
The reasons are numerous, but some of the most common are. . .
Fees for orthodontics have not increased proportionally to their medical and dental counter parts. Orthodontic treatment may eliminate or minimize the necessity of more costly health care procedures in the future. As well as the long term health benefits, it may improve your confidence and self-esteem. Orthodontia is a one-time cost with results that can last a lifetime. In the grand scheme of things, it’s a bargain! Many insurance companies offer coverage, but regardless of insurance coverage, we offer a variety of financing programs, both in-house and out.