Frequently Asked Questions

At what age should I schedule an orthodontic appointment?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic screening at age 7. By this age, several permanent teeth in most children have erupted, allowing us to effectively evaluate your orthodontic condition.

What will happen at the initial examination appointment?

Upon arriving, each patient and parent will be seen by a treatment coordinator, who will take the necessary X-rays to allow us to make a proper diagnosis. Dr. Knowlton, Dr. Gardiner and Dr. Vest will then complete a brief, but thorough, exam.

How long will it take to complete orthodontic treatment?

Treatment time obviously depends on each patient’s specific orthodontic problem. In general, treatment times range from 12 to 30 months. The “average” time frame a person is in braces is approximately 24 months.

How much will braces cost? Are financing options available? How does my insurance work?

It is impossible to be given an exact cost for treatment until we have examined you. We will cover the exact cost and financial options during the initial examination. We have many financing options available to accommodate your needs and we will also review your insurance policy and help to maximize your benefit and file your claims.

Is it too late to have braces if I am already and adult?

A surprising percentage of our patients are adults. In fact, 25 percent of all orthodontic patients are adults. No patient is “too old”