Frequently Asked Questions about Orthodontic Treatment
Q: How much does it cost to see Dr. Cohen for a consultation?
A. It’s FREE!

Q: Do I need a referral from my dentist before making an appointment?
A. No. Although many of our patients are referred by their family dentists, there are also many patients who initiate their own treatment. YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE REFERRED BY YOUR DENTIST.

Q: What happens at the consultation appointment?
A: At the first visit a consultation and a thorough orthodontic examination will be performed by Dr. Cohen to determine the nature of any problems that exist. Following such, Dr. Cohen may suggest certain diagnostic tests (including i.e.: molds, orthodontic x-rays and photographs) be taken to further define the condition. 

Q: What happens after the diagnostic tests are taken?
A: Dr. Cohen will analyze the diagnostic tests and create an individualized treatment plan for you. Your next appointment is for a conference to discuss the case. All findings and recommendations will be explained to you in understandable terms, and all of your questions will be answered. Dr. Cohen will personally review the case analysis, including the nature of the problems, what needs to be done, treatment alternatives, how long treatment will take and how much it will cost.

Q: How long will treatment take?
A: Each case is individually treatment planned, and active treatment times vary from as little as 6 months to approximately 2 years depending upon each patient’s specific orthodontic needs.

Q: Are payment plans available and will my insurance pay for treatment?
A: Yes. For your convenience we offer NO-DOWN PAYMENT and LOW MONTHLY PAYMENT ARRANGEMENTS personally tailored to fit your budget. In addition, we accept VISA and MasterCard. Furthermore, we know how to work with your insurance company to get you your maximum benefits.

Q: How can I tell if braces are needed?
A: There are many warning signs indicating a bite problem, including:
  • protruding teeth
  • crowding or overlapping teeth
  • missing or blocked out teeth
  • habits like finger sucking, tongue thrusting, or mouth breathing
  • early or late loss of baby teeth
  • speech problems
  • unfavorable facial growth patterns
  • jaw problems
Q: What are the benefits of orthodontics/braces?
A: Not only do braces give you a wonderful smile and improve your overall facial appearance, it also improves your self-esteem and confidence... enabling you to be more effective in achieving your personal goals. Braces align your teeth and bite improving your chewing and jaw function, thereby reducing future dental problems, including tooth loss, gum disease and cavities.

Q: At what age should my child have an orthodontic consultation/evaluation?
A: The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child first visits an Orthodontist by age 7 or earlier at the first sign of orthodontic problems. We stress the importance of an orthodontic evaluation at an early age, while a child’s jaws are growing. It is helpful to detect problems before they become more serious. A head start on treatment can set the stage for a more stable bite correction later on. We can improve bites and smiles at any age, however, there are definite benefits to early diagnosis and treatment. Teenagers comprise the largest group of orthodontic patients. This is a difficult age requiring genuine understanding: a specialty of Team OTA. Teenage patients relate well to the youthful enthusiasm of Drs. Cohen and their staff.   

Q: Am I too old to have braces?
A: No. If you have teeth and healthy supporting structures (gums), you're never too old. You can spend the rest of your life with an attractive smile if you choose to. More and more adults are seeking orthodontic treatment, eager for a more attractive face and smile, healthier gums, and freedom from jaw joint pain. Drs. Cohen are conscious of the adult patient’s lifestyle and their desire for less visible braces, and, above all, are sensitive to the special needs of an adult whose jaw bones are fully developed.

Q: Can I begin treatment if I have crowns or missing teeth?
A. Yes. Teeth with crowns will move the same as teeth with fillings. In the case of missing teeth, orthodontic treatment will improve the bite relationship and align the remaining teeth, making tooth replacement (i.e. implants and bridges) easier and more successful once the braces are removed.

Q: Can I have a nicer smile without big metal braces?
A: Yes. Many people would like to feel good about their smile, but they’re self-conscious about their teeth. Recent innovations employed by Drs. Cohen, in the specialty of Orthodontics, have made it possible to shape a healthier improved smile without bulky metal braces. New aesthetic braces, removable invisible braces (Invisalign), and high-tech memory wires are now available. People will hardly notice you are wearing them, and you’ll find them to be more comfortable than ever.

Q: Will my braces hurt?
A: No. It doesn't hurt when Dr. Cohen puts your braces on. Patients describe some discomfort for a few days following the placement of their braces, and occasionally following their adjustment visits. This discomfort is typically minimal and can be reduced by using warm salt water rinses, eating a soft diet, and if necessary, taking Tylenol.

Q: How frequent are my appointments?
A: Typically, Dr. Cohen sees you every 4 to 8 weeks, to make adjustments and check your treatment progress.

Q: How often should I visit my family dentist?
A. We recommend that our patients visit their family dentist about 3 times a year while wearing braces. Twice a year is the minimum, and sometimes we recommend every 3 months depending on the particular circumstances.
Q: Will I need to wear a retainer after my braces come off?
A: Yes. We all want to maintain that beautiful smile... so you’ll be fitted with a modern customized small retainer that will fit comfortably, and be easy to wear.

Q: Can I still play sports and/or a musical instrument?
A: Yes. Life’s activities continue as usual. For safety, we recommend a custom fitted orthodontic mouthguard be worn when participating in sports. Regarding musical instruments, you will become accustomed to your new braces within a short time, and be able to play your musical instrument as usual.

Q: I've heard that some Orthodontists use recycled braces. Does OTA?
A: No. All braces and wires are brand new and used only once, and then discarded. In addition, dental instruments are heat sterilized, and sterilizers are biologically tested on a regular basis.

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