Top 5 Questions Dr. Preston
and Her Staff Receive
- At what age should my child see an orthodontist?
- Do I need a referral from my dentist?
- What about cost? Are payment plans an option?
- Can I choose between traditional braces
- How long will I be in braces/Invisalign?
At what age should my child see an orthodontist?
Dr. Preston and the American Association of Orthodontists recommend an initial orthodontic consultation for patients around seven years old. Dr. Preston will show your son or daughter around our facility, and then spend some time evaluating his or her mouth, evaluating space for future permanent teeth and that their jaws are developing as they should. Dr. Preston only recommends early treatment when it’s absolutely warranted.
Do I need a referral from my dentist?
Nope, that’s not a must-have. While dentists from all over the area do send patients our way, many of our patients come to us directly, having been referred by family or friends. And because your dentist is an integral part of your overall treatment plan and wellness, we communicate with him or her throughout your orthodontic journey.
What about cost? Are payment plans an option?
In your complimentary consultation we will discuss orthodontic fees and lay out the expected costs of your or your child’s specific treatment plan. Then we can work with you to establish a payment plan, and we accept orthodontic insurance benefits as well as payments from HSAs and FSAs.
Can I choose between traditional braces and Invisalign?
You are always in control of your treatment plan. During your complimentary consultation Dr. Preston will discuss both options, detailing the benefits of each. She will then make a recommendation for optimal results, but the decision is ultimately yours.
How long will I be in braces/Invisalign?
There is no one answer to that question. Each patient’s journey is unique to him or her. We can tell you that the average orthodontic treatment duration is anywhere from 12-24 months. Dr. Preston will give you an estimated timeframe for your treatment plan upfront, and then share frequent updates along the way.