Orthodontic FAQs

What is the cost of a consultation?

All initial consultations are complimentary.

What are diagnostic records and why do I need them?

Diagnostic records consist of photographs, several X-rays, and orthodontic study models. They are necessary to properly diagnose your case to ensure that the correct method of treatment is being performed.

I think my child’s teeth are straight ... so why does he or she need braces?

While straight teeth are important, it is more vital that the teeth fit together properly in order to function most efficiently. Teeth can be straight and yet not fit together well. If your dentist has referred you, it is likely that your bite is not correct and may require orthodontic treatment.

How long does orthodontic treatment take?

The average orthodontic treatment lasts approximately two years. By definition, that means that some treatments will take longer than two years and some will be shorter. Patient compliance is generally a key factor in determining the duration of your treatment.

Do braces hurt?

The process of having your braces placed is completely painless. There is no freezing required, and in fact, Dr. Budd and Dr. Yen don't even have a needle in their practice! Your son or daughter’s teeth will be a little sore for a few days after initial placement, but before long, the discomfort will subside.

My child doesn’t even have all of his or her permanent teeth yet ... Why should my youngster be going to the orthodontist?

Although most orthodontic treatments can wait until the permanent teeth are all in, in a few instances, “Early Treatment” can be beneficial. If Dr. Budd or Dr. Yen feel your child is not ready for treatment, they will simply place him or her on recall and see the child again at a future date.

How often will I need to visit the orthodontist for adjustments?

Depending on the stage of treatment, regular visits can be spaced anywhere from four to six weeks apart. Emergency appointments (loose brackets, broken wires, etc.) occasionally happen and are performed on an as-needed basis.

Will I need to wear retainers once my orthodontic treatment is completed?

DEFINITELY ... at Budd Orthodontics, the cost of an initial set of retainers is included in the price of treatment. In addition, Dr. Budd or Dr. Yen will continue to see their patients for a minimum of two years after the braces are removed to make sure the teeth and bite are stable.

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