Orthodontic FAQs

Dr. Glass June 7, 2023

Do you feel dizzy just thinking about where to go to take care of your teeth? The team of experts at Glass Orthodontics gets that. With convenient locations in Daphne, Bay Minette, Atmore, and Brewton, we are committed to delivering exceptional orthodontic care to our communities. Dr. Glass and our dedicated staff understand orthodontics’ crucial role in your child’s overall health and well-being. What you need is a basic orthodontic FAQ. We will explain the ins and outs of orthodontics, including why it’s vital for your child, when to start, what to expect from the first visit, our extensive range of treatment options, and how to prepare for and finance your child’s treatment. Our mission at Glass Orthodontics is to empower your child with a future of sparkling, confident smiles.

What Does “Orthodontics” Even Mean? 

If you’re scratching your head over what orthodontics entails, rest assured you’re not the only one. At its core, orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that concentrates on diagnosing “behind-the-scenes” problems with teeth. Although the term orthodontics may seem complex, it’s essentially about ensuring your (or your child’s) teeth develop straight and properly aligned.

Why is it crucial for children? Early intervention in orthodontics can help prevent more serious problems later on, such as challenges in biting, chewing, or even speaking. But it goes beyond just physical advantages – it’s also about self-confidence. With a set of straight teeth and a radiant smile, your child can build confidence, and we at Glass Orthodontics are committed to making that a reality.

When Should My Little Ones Start Treatment?

Determining the right time for your child’s first orthodontist visit can seem tricky. However, the American Association of Orthodontists (along with our doctors) recommends a check-up by age 7. Even though your child’s teeth might appear straight, there could be underlying issues with jaw growth and emerging teeth. So, it’s better to be safe than sorry!

Aside from age, keep an eye out for signs that your child may need an orthodontic check-up. These could include difficulty chewing or biting, thumb sucking beyond age 5, crowded or misplaced teeth, or jaws that pop or shift. At Glass Orthodontics, we help guide your child’s teeth to a future of dazzling smiles.

Skip The “First Visit Jitters” With Glass Orthodontics

At Glass Orthodontics, we strive to make your child’s first visit a breeze. Walking into an orthodontic office for the first time can be nerve-racking for youngsters. Our goal is to offer a stress-free and friendly environment with a team ready to answer any questions your kiddo might have. 

In the initial visit, we typically start with a comprehensive oral examination. This helps us understand your child’s unique needs. We may take X-rays or make molds of your child’s teeth if needed. These methods provide an in-depth look into your child’s dental and jaw development. Rest assured; we take extra care to ensure these procedures are as comfortable as possible. Remember, we intend to make your child’s journey to a healthy smile enjoyable!

Your Treatment Options At Glass Orthodontics

At Glass Orthodontics, we take pride in offering various orthodontic treatment options. This means we can cater to your child’s unique needs and preferences, ensuring they’re comfortable and confident throughout their orthodontic journey.

First, let’s get into our metal braces. These classic fixtures are a tried-and-true method for straightening teeth. They’re robust, reliable, and perfect for addressing various orthodontic challenges. Plus, they’re more comfortable and sleeker than you remember from childhood!

Then there’s Invisalign. This innovative option involves a series of clear, removable aligners custom-made for your child’s teeth. They’re virtually invisible and can be removed for eating, brushing, and flossing. Perfect for the child who prefers a more subtle approach to orthodontic treatment.

Next, we have ceramic (sometimes called “clear” braces). These are like the incognito agents of orthodontic appliances. Crafted from clear or tooth-colored ceramic, they seamlessly blend with your child’s teeth, making them less noticeable while delivering fantastic results. They offer all the strength of metal braces with a touch of aesthetic elegance.

With many treatment options, Glass Orthodontics is poised to provide personalized, effective care for your child’s orthodontic needs. Together, we can choose the best option that suits your child’s lifestyle and personality while prioritizing their oral health.

Estimating The Total Price Of Treatment

Orthodontic treatment is an investment in your child’s long-term health and self-confidence, and we at Glass Orthodontics believe that finances should not stand in the way of this essential care.

While it’s difficult to provide exact cost estimates due to each patient’s unique needs, we strive to make treatments affordable. The cost will depend on the complexity of the case and the type of orthodontic treatment chosen. 

Budget considerations are significant, so we proudly offer various financing options to suit different financial situations. We’ll work with you to design a payment plan that comfortably fits your budget, and we can help maximize your insurance benefits too.

Orthodontic care is an essential step on your child’s journey to a healthier, happier smile, and we’re committed to making that journey as accessible as possible for all families.

Get The Treatment You Deserve At Glass Orthodontics

Investing in orthodontic care positively impacts your child’s oral health and boosts their self-confidence. At Glass Orthodontics, every child should have access to a vibrant, uplifting smile. Dr. Glass and our skilled team are dedicated to delivering personalized, effective orthodontic treatments that suit your child’s unique needs and lifestyle. This blog has given you a clear understanding of orthodontics’ crucial role in your child’s journey to achieving excellent oral health. Are you ready to take the first step on this transformative journey? Schedule a free consultation with us here. Any of our locations in Daphne, Bay Minette, Atmore, or Brewton can help your child attain the perfect smile they deserve