Frequently Asked Orthodontic Questions

When should my child be seen by an orthodontist?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends all children be seen around the age of seven.
When does orthodontic treatment need to start?
This depends on how your child's teeth and jaws are developing. Certain bite problems can be managed more effectively if treated at an early age. For example a cross-bite of one or more teeth can cause the jaws to grow incorrectly as well as potentially wear away permanent tooth structure. In light of those realities orthodontists generally consider correcting cross-bites sooner rather than later. Other bite issues are more efficiently treated when all of the permanent teeth have erupted. At Ballard Orthodontics, Dr. Ballard strives to effectively communicate any problems he notices with your bite, or your son or daughters bite and develop a customized plan that all are comfortable with.
Do I need a referral from my dentist in order to make an appointment with your office?
No, it is not necessary. About half of our patients seen at Ballard Orthodontics have been referred from their dentist and the other half have simply taken it upon themselves to schedule an appointment.
How much does orthodontic treatment cost?
This really depends on how extensive the orthodontic treatment will be. Dr. Ballard and staff generally make you aware of the costs at the end of the initial visit.
Will your office take my insurance?
Certainly. It is important to know that there are quite a variety of insurance companies and plans. Once our financial coordinator has your specific insurance information we are better able to inform you as to how much of your or your child's treatment will be covered. Additionally, we will file your insurance claims for your convenience.
Does orthodontic treatment hurt?
For a few days after braces are placed as well as after each adjustment, your teeth and possibly jaws may be a little sore. Most patients manage this mild discomfort by eating soft foods and using over the counter pain medication such as Ibuprofen.
How long does orthodontic treatment take?
This really depends on how complicated the treatment is and what is being corrected. Sometimes orthodontic treatment takes a few months, and other times a few years.
Do I need to accompany my child to every visit?
No. You are always welcome to but as we are located across the street from the middle school/high school campus in both Bonners Ferry and Sandpoint, many of our patients simply walk over from school for their appointments. For those younger patients who drive to their appointments by themselves, you can be comforted in knowing that If there is something that needs to be addressed with a parent, we will often contact you by phone.
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