When Should My Child be Seen for Their First Exam?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child have their first orthodontic evaluation by age seven. At this point, there is a mixture of permanent and baby teeth, so Dr. Clauss can screen for potential bite discrepancies before they have the chance to evolve into something more severe.

What is Phase 1 and Phase 2 Treatment?

Early orthodontic intervention can allow us to break your child’s treatment up into two phases, rather than one longer (or even costlier) one. Phase 1 and Phase 2 treatments adjust the early formation and development of the mouth, then fine tune the tooth alignment once all of the adult teeth have erupted. We frequently rely on this method to help avoid the need for oral surgery.

What Can I Eat or Drink During Treatment?

The foods and drinks that you consume can potentially cause orthodontic appliances to fall or pop off. Acidic, hard, crunchy, or sticky foods should be avoided. A few examples include:

  • Lemons, lemonade
  • Taffy or caramel
  • Apples, carrots, nuts

How Long Will My Orthodontic Treatment Take?

Depending on whether or not we are treating a specific cosmetic issue or you are undergoing comprehensive orthodontic therapy, the length of your case can vary greatly. On average, most patients wear their braces for 12-24 months. Dr. Clauss will provide you with an estimated timeline at the time of your initial exam.

What are Ceramic / Clear Braces?

Much like traditional braces, clear braces use ceramic brackets that are made from tooth colored materials instead of metal. While still visible, the less noticeable appliances blend in better with your smile.

Do You Offer Financing?

We work closely with your insurance carrier to maximize benefit coverage on all treatment. Remaining balances can be auto-drafted at a 0% interest rate on a month-to-month basis for the duration of the therapy. Have more than one family member receiving treatment? Ask about our courtesy program.

Will My Dental Insurance Pay for Orthodontic Treatment?

Several dental insurances will cover a portion of orthodontic treatment, depending on the case. Clauss Orthodontics accepts most insurances including, Delta, Cigna and Anthem. Our Treatment Coordinator will be able to assist you in determining the benefits of your plan and discuss payment options.

Am I A Candidate for Invisalign?

Invisalign is a great alternative to traditional braces for teens and adults. Dr. Clauss will determine at the time of your initial appointment what the best treatment option is for you or your child depending on age, oral care, length of treatment, and complexity of the case.

Do I Need to Have Any Teeth Removed/Extracted?

Dr. Clauss tries to recommend as few extractions as possible. However, there are instances where a tooth may be unhealthy or specific aesthetic results cannot be achieved unless certain teeth are removed.

What Happens When My Treatment is Over?

After your braces are removed, you will need a retainer. Retainers serve to keep teeth in their current position, so that they do not relapse into the previous one. Retention is a lifelong process.

Have more questions? We’re happy to answer any additional questions that you might have.  Call us today, or come see us at our Watertown or Woodbury offices. We also proudly serve patients in Waterbury, Southbury, and other surrounding areas.

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