Your First Visit
We can’t wait to meet you and welcome you to our office! Our team is committed to making your treatment as easy and enjoyable as possible, in a friendly and welcoming environment.
During your first visit, you’ll get acquainted with the process and procedures for braces; we’ll discuss your customized treatment options in detail, probable treatment length, and associated costs. The initial consultation is free.
If treatment is indicated, we’ll begin by taking diagnostic pictures, x-rays of your teeth, bite registrations, and impressions. These diagnostics will be referenced throughout your treatment and used to monitor progress. There is a charge for collecting the diagnostics.
What to Expect
Dr. Bernuy strives to get to know all of his patients on an individual basis. On your first visit, Dr. Bernuy will take the time to learn more about his patients, and to ensure an individualized treatment process.
The Right Age
Though an orthodontist can enhance a smile at any age, there is an optimal time period to begin treatment. Beginning treatment at this time ensures the greatest result and the least amount of time and expense. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the initial orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age 7. At this early age, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but vigilant examination can anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment.
While experts agree 7 years old is the ideal age to begin orthodontic care, it is never too late to achieve the smile of your dreams!
Orthodontic treatment at later stages in life can dramatically improve your personal appearance and self-esteem. Improving the health of your teeth and gums is equally important. Crooked teeth and a bad bite can contribute to gum and bone loss, tooth decay, abnormal wear of the tooth enamel and surfaces, even headaches, and sometimes jaw joint (TMJ/TMD) pain.
What is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a specialty within dentistry that focuses on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial irregularities.
What is an Orthodontist?
An orthodontist is a specialist within field of dentistry. They attend 2-3 years of advanced training after dental school, focusing on tooth movement and facial development.
What are the benefits of orthodontic treatment?
- A beautiful smile
- Better functionality of your bite
- Improved self-confidence
- Reduced wearing of your teeth, in many cases
- Guidance of permanent teeth into ideal position
- Improved health of teeth and gums
- Easier to clean your teeth by flossing & brushing
What are signs that braces may be needed?
- Excessive spaces in between teeth, particularly in the front
- Excessive crowding of teeth, causing teeth to rotate
- Upper teeth protruding excessively over lower teeth
- Lower teeth protruding past the upper teeth
- Upper teeth covering the majority of lower teeth when biting
- Center of upper teeth do not align with center of lower teeth
- Difficulty chewing foods
- Excessive or uneven tooth wear
At what age should orthodontic treatment begin?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child first visit an orthodontist by age seven. Many orthodontic problems can be solved more easily at a younger age, before jaw growth slows, to avoid the need for more complicated procedures. That being said, treatment can be sought out at any age, and there are many attractive treatment options available to adults today that ensure an efficient, aesthetic, and comfortable orthodontic experience.
How long does orthodontic treatment take?
Treatment duration is dependent on the severity of the case and the compliance of the patient. A patient who maintains good oral hygiene, keeps appointments, and follows instructions throughout treatment will complete their treatment on or ahead of schedule. The average treatment time is typically one to two years.
Is orthodontic treatment painful?
Most of our patients tell us that their teeth are sore for the first few days. Simple, over-the-counter pain medication usually alleviates this. In addition, we provide soft wax and silicone to place on any rough areas of your braces to minimize mouth irritations. Warm, salty water is also a good home remedy for oral discomfort.
How often will appointments be?
We average 6-8 weeks between visits, though it depends on the case and treatment plan. In the beginning of treatment, some patients need to be seen more frequently, while others have long (10-12 weeks) intervals between appointments. As we get closer to finishing your treatment, appointments become more frequent. When we factor all visits together, we average about 6 weeks between appointments.
Treatment costs can vary widely, depending on the patient and case. All treatment plans are customized for each individual and associated costs depend on the severity of necessary treatment.
Before beginning your treatment, we’ll discuss treatment fees, insurance coverage and financial arrangements in detail. We offer several different payment options:
- Discount for payment in-full at the start of treatment
- Larger initial payment and lower monthly payments
- Payments paid during the treatment period
All in-office payment options have no financing fee, and credit cards are accepted. We also provide information about a third-party financing company, should you choose a payment option that extends beyond treatment.
We work with most major insurance companies and will look into your coverage and file the necessary paperwork on your behalf.