Frequently Asked Questions
There are a few different options our patients can choose from for their orthodontic treatment in Idaho Falls. At Randall Orthodontics, we employ the following orthodontic measures to help our patients straighten their smiles and improve their confidence:
- The Damon System
- Ceramic Braces
- Metal (Traditional Braces
Until you have your initial consultation with your orthodontist, there is no way to choose which orthodontic treatment will be right for you. If you are looking to save time, The Damon System will be your best option. Conversely, if you don’t mind wearing braces for a longer amount of time as long as they are “invisible” Invisalign might be a more appropriate option. Along with how the systems work in terms of length of time, different orthodontic systems are designed to assist with different types of dental issues.
Our Idaho Falls orthodontics office uses the Damon System with many of our patients to create beautiful smiles in a short amount of time. Not all orthodontists will have this new technology available so be sure to ask if your orthodontist uses and is trained in the Damon System if you are interested in this method of orthodontic care. So what is The Damon System?
The Damon System uses gentle forces (unlike traditional braces) that are designed to protect the health of your teeth and gums while in treatment. The Damon System achieves a smile that is more than straight teeth—it provides a beautiful, natural smile. You can learn more about the Damon System and frequently asked questions specific to the system, here.
According to the American Association of Orthodontists, a checkup with an orthodontic specialist should happen no later than the age of 7 (sooner if referred by your child’s dentist). Orthodontists are able to spot issues that may happen in the future while the baby teeth are still present by looking at subtle differences of the jaw bone or emerging teeth.
We understand that many people (kids especially) may be nervous about seeing an orthodontist for the first time. We are here to put you at ease. The first initial appointment at our Idaho Falls orthodontics office takes no time at all and is relatively simple.
If it’s your first time at our Idaho Falls office, we will give you a tour of the facility and introduce you to our staff. Dr. Randall usually will come in after his assistant has asked some simple questions about your dental history, taken x-rays, and answered any questions you have before meeting the orthodontist.
Once you meet with your orthodontist, he will ask you what your concerns are and then possibly take an impression of your teeth to begin the process of aligning your smile. Sometimes impressions are taken at the second appointment depending on your schedule and the nature of the first appointment. To schedule your first appointment at Randall Orthodontics in Idaho Falls, contact us today.
The cost of braces is determined by many factors, primarily how severe of a problem needs to be corrected, the length of time that the treatment will take, and the type of orthodontic equipment (type of braces, invisible aligners, or retainers) the orthodontist recommends. The average cost for braces is $5,000 to $6,000, some individuals pay as little as $3,000 or as much as $10,000.
Most of the cost of braces will be covered by dental insurance depending on your provider. Talk with your Idaho Falls orthodontist to learn more about what types of questions you need to ask your insurance provider to get the most out of your dental insurance benefits.
At Randall Orthodontics, we offer multiple in-office payment plans. We also offer cash discounts for payment in full at the beginning of treatment. We will research your insurance and we work with almost all insurance plans.
Much like the cost of braces, the length of time that you need to wear braces will depend on the type of braces you need and how much movement needs to happen for your teeth to be aligned. Most patients can expect to wear fixed braces anywhere from 18 to 24 months and in some cases three years. Less severe issues that are eligible to be treated with invisible aligner trays can take less than 12 months in some cases. To determine how long you or your child will need to wear braces, your Idaho Falls orthodontist can give you a rough estimate at the beginning of your treatment.
Adding braces to your life will mean that some dental hygiene and dietary adjustments will need to be made. Keeping your teeth clean while you wear braces will help to reduce the risk of cavities and discoloration of your teeth.
It is recommended to brush and floss your teeth once in the morning and once at night as well as, between meals if necessary. Flossing with braces can take some time to learn, but our team can help to show you the best way to floss and brush with braces along with the right tools you’ll need to make it easier.
If you have a retainer, make sure to take the retainer out while brushing your teeth and gently brush it with your toothbrush to keep it clean. Finally, even though you will be seeing your orthodontist every at least every three months, it is imperative that you keep your regular dental checkup appointments.