TYPES OF TREATMENTS
When it comes to orthodontic care, catching a problem before it worsens can significantly improve the results of treatment. An early evaluation can give orthodontists the opportunity to detect any issues, and begin treatment as soon as possible. By guiding the growth and development of the teeth and mouth, the need for more intensive care, later on, may be avoided. Other advantages of interceptive treatment at a young age include:
- Reduction of crowding by providing more room in the mouth
- Increase in facial symmetry
- Reduction of risk to front tooth trauma
- Lessened need for tooth removal
- Decreased treatment time in braces
- By catching any problems early on, you can save time and money down the road.
Most patients will undergo orthodontic treatment between ages 11-15, and there's good reason for that. At this age, all of the baby teeth have fallen out, and most of the permanent teeth will have erupted. This means we can easily see what orthodontic problems exist, and since we'll be working on permanent teeth, the changes we make will last the patient the rest of their life.
Additionally, during this period, we can actually take advantage of the natural growth processes helping to speed up tooth movement and shorten treatment times.
Many adults are now discovering the magic of orthodontic treatment, and it’s easy to see why. Obtaining a brand new smile as an adult is transformative, providing a boost in confidence, happiness, and self-esteem that radiates through both your personal and professional life. Straight teeth are also easier to keep clean, which means that orthodontic treatment can reduce the likelihood of tooth decay and a host of other problems.
While adult braces have been used consistently for decades, one of the most common reasons patients give for avoiding orthodontic treatment is the visibility of traditional braces. Luckily, we have a few options.
Invisalign makes it easier than ever to straighten your smile. Unlike the metal brackets and wires of braces, Invisalign uses a series of clear, removable aligners to straighten teeth. These aligners lie flat against the teeth, are virtually invisible when worn, and are easy to pop in and out for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing. This means they come with a number of advantages over treatment with traditional braces:
- Virtually Invisible: Because the aligners are almost impossible to see when worn, no one has to know you're straightening your teeth. You can still go to work, attend social events, and live your life as normal.
- No Dietary Restrictions: With braces, you need to monitor your diet to avoid foods that are sticky or hard. But because you take Invisalign out when you eat, diet is no concern.
- Oral Hygiene Is Easy: Invisalign means you'll never have to deal with floss threaders — just brush and floss normally to keep your teeth clean and healthy.
- Convenient Treatment: Treatment with Invisalign at APDO means you and your child can get dental and orthodontic care at the same office. Instead of running back and forth between two locations, just bring your child in for their pediatric dental care and receive Invisalign treatment at the same time!
Drs. Bruce Goldstein, Michael Feinberg, and Tal Masserman are elite providers of SureSmile® in Scottsdale, Arizona. In 2011, they were honored with the esteemed Practice of the Year Award at the SureSmile® conference in Florida.
The advanced methods provided by SureSmile® have been shown in clinical studies to provide high-quality results with fewer office visits and a reduction in treatment time. This type of process cannot be achieved through regular, traditional braces.
SureSmile® utilizes state-of-the-art computer-generated images and tailored, treatment-plan models, along with robotically applied archwire-bending to provide the most accurate direction for teeth. By using computer accuracy to bend the wires, SureSmile® patients are able to receive more precision in their teeth movements. Reducing the amount of times wires need to be changed and adjustments need to be made.
The iTero scanner is a state-of-the-art machine used to form digital impressions for the creation of customized orthodontic appliances. We use the machine to take three-dimensional images of a patient’s teeth and bite using a small camera that we move around the mouth. This allows us to more accurately form a plan for treatment and meet the orthodontic goals of each individual. These images are also an easy way for us to show and explain tooth and bite issues as well as treatment options.
ABOUT BOARD CERTIFICATION
No. All orthodontists must be licensed to practice, however board certification is a voluntary achievement that all orthodontists do not choose to pursue. In order to become board certified by the ABO, an individual orthodontist is thoroughly interviewed by a highly respected panel of examiners to demonstrate their orthodontic knowledge, clinical skills and judgment.
The American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) certification process signifies a unique achievement—a significant step beyond the two to three years of advanced education required for a dentist to become a specialist in orthodontics. The process requires the orthodontist to demonstrate actual accomplishments in patient care with detailed case reports on the treatment provided for a broad range of patient problems.
One. The American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) is the only certifying board in the specialty that is recognized by the American Dental Association. The ABO was founded in 1929 and is the oldest specialty board in dentistry. The board’s purpose is to elevate the quality of orthodontic care for the public by promoting excellence through certification, education and professional collaboration.
Successful completion of the examination process demonstrates the orthodontist’s highest commitment to excellence in orthodontics – to both the orthodontic profession and the general public. It represents a commitment by a licensed specialist that he/she has the necessary knowledge base and skills to treat patients to the highest of standards. It exemplifies a practitioner’s commitment to continue to keep abreast of the latest advances in patient care, and to continue to deliver these latest advances to patients. Many orthodontists see it as a demonstration of their dedication to the specialty and the highest level of personal achievement.
Since the establishment of the ABO in 1929, the certification process requirements have continued to adjust to the demands of the specialty. Today, the process involves a thorough Written Examination (240 questions) covering all areas of information which an orthodontist should be knowledgeable. Successful completion of this “board exam” allows the orthodontist to proceed to the Clinical Examination where they present detailed case reports from their practice/residency, demonstrating a history of excellence in patient care. These cases are evaluated by a panel of examiners and later discussed during an oral examination where the applicant is tested on a wide variety of academic and clinical topics. After successful completion of these examinations, the orthodontist has officially achieved Board Certification, for a time-limited period. The orthodontist must go through Certification Renewal every 10 years to maintain their certification status by demonstrating this continued level of patient care.
FINANCIAL (ORTHOFI) & INSURANCE
Our APDO business staff will work with you to develop a financial plan for the orthodontic treatment you need that will fit within your budget. We can set up automatic deductions from your credit card or bank account and also offer a convenient, secure online payment portal through OrthoFi.
- Insurance. APDO accepts most major dental insurances. You are responsible for informing us of any changes to your insurance coverage. Our staff will file claims on your behalf and work with your insurance company to make sure that you and your children are receiving the maximum benefits allowed by your insurance company.
- Health Savings or Flex Spending Account. If you utilize one of these specialized health accounts, we will work with you to access those funds and follow the guidelines they require.
- No-Interest Financing. In some instances, APDO is able to finance your orthodontic treatment and will work with you to set up a plan and payment schedule that can work within your budget.
- Up-Front Discounts. We offer a discount for patients who are able to pay in full at the beginning of their braces or Invisalign treatment.
- Credit Cards. APDO accepts all major credit cards for payment of orthodontics.
- Cash/Checks. Of course, APDO will gladly accept your cash, check or money order.