FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
All orthodontists are dentists, but not all dentists are orthodontists. Orthodontists and dentists are required to graduate from dental school with about 8 years of higher education. After earning a dental degree, dentists are ready to practice in their field. Once orthodontists earn their dental degree, they complete a 2 to 3 year residency in orthodontics.
Simply put, orthodontists specialize in orthodontics. The orthodontic field includes the detection and correction of unhealthy/poor alignments in the teeth and jaws. Orthodontists look not only at the appearance of teeth, but also at the underlying structure and how each part of the mouth works together to create your orthodontic condition.
Orthodontic care should begin around age 7. Once permanent teeth begin to erupt, problematic orthodontic conditions become apparent. Around age 7, Dr. King is able to detect conditions that will become problematic in the near future. This doesn’t mean treatment will begin at this age, but early detection can prevent further conditions from developing and reduce the need for serious treatment measures, such as jaw surgery, as conditions worsens.
Though other orthodontists will likely suggest a treatment to begin immediately, Dr. King takes a conservative approach toward children orthodontics. Once the young patient visits us for the first time, Dr. King will monitor the patient every six months at no charge with no deposit necessary!
Yes! Metal braces, clear braces and Invisalign® clear aligners are equally effective at correcting misalignments in the teeth and jaws. Though in more severe cases, Dr. King might suggest metal braces. Appliances can be attached to brackets on metal braces to provide a more drastic treatment measure. Rubber bands, the Herbst® appliance, Forsus™ springs and palatal expanders are often attached to metal braces for added enforcement to treat severe conditions. Depending on your individual condition and orthodontic goals, Dr. King may suggest Invisalign® clear aligners or traditional braces as treatment.
How often you’ll visit Dr. King depends on your specific condition and treatment. With braces, you’ll typically make appointments every 4 weeks, or once a month, to get your wires tightened. If you sustained an orthodontic injury, you’ll visit Dr. King more often so he can monitor your healing. We will determine how often you’ll visit us once Dr. King evaluates your condition.
At your initial free orthodontic exam, Dr. King will get his bearings on your orthodontic condition with a thorough assessment. We’ll take x-rays of your mouth to understand the behavior of your bite, alignments and of individual teeth. We will then assess your condition, educate you and discuss your goals through treatment. Dr. King will inform you of the available treatment options we offer. We’ll discuss the best treatment option for you, provide you with a cost estimate and discuss your length of treatment. We’ll help you choose a payment method that works for you, and then we’ll start to map out your following appointments. The purpose of your initial orthodontic exam is to get an understanding of your current condition, determine your treatment and map out the next steps toward achieving your healthiest, most aligned smile.
Your condition and its severity will determine how long your braces will be in place. A typical braces treatment might last around 18 to 24 months, while other cases may require a 3-year treatment period. Depending on the appliances attached to your braces and how diligent you’re wearing them, your treatment period may be extended or cut short. At your initial exam with Dr. King, he’ll assess your condition and discuss your estimated treatment period.
Time for a snack? No problem. Take out your aligners to eat or drink whenever you want. You can remove your Invisalign aligners so you can brush and floss regularly, and keep your teeth and gums healthy. You can occasionally remove your Invisalign aligners to enjoy a special night out.
There’s no need to change a thing. Continue your day-to-day activities while still straightening your teeth. Be yourself with Invisalign aligners. Since they are clear, you don’t have to hide your smile while going through treatment. With Invisalign treatment, it’s easy to make your smile picture-perfect for that special occasion.
Invisalign treatment appointments work with your schedule. Most visits are in and out, with a quick progress check once every six weeks.
The Invisalign system is the virtually invisible way to straighten your teeth and achieve the smile you’ve always wanted. Invisalign treatment uses advanced 3D computer imaging technology to depict your complete treatment plan, from the initial position of your teeth to the final desired position.
Then a series of clear aligners are custom-made for your teeth — and your teeth only — to move them little by little. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks before being replaced by the next in the series until the final position of your teeth is achieved.
Your Invisalign treatment time will be determined by your doctor based on your specific needs.
Invisalign aligners are clear, which makes Invisalign treatment a seamless fit with your lifestyle and day-to-day interactions with others. Invisalign aligners are also removable. Unlike braces, you have the flexibility to eat and drink what you want during treatment simply by removing the aligners when you eat. You can also remove the aligners to brush and floss as you normally would for fresh breath and good oral hygiene.
Unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign treatment does not use metal brackets or wires that could cause irritation to your mouth. In addition, you’ll spend less time in the doctor’s chair and scheduling appointments, and more time out doing the things you love.
Lastly, Invisalign treatment technology allows you to view your virtual results and treatment plan before you start your treatment, so you can preview how your straight teeth will look once your treatment is complete.
More than 5,000,000 patients worldwide have been treated with Invisalign aligners. The number of Invisalign smiles grows daily. At your next appointment, we can answer any questions you might have, and get you started on the smile you’ve always wanted.