What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a blend of biology, dentistry, understanding of facial growth, and artistry combined to provide patients with healthy function and a confident smile. The understanding of facial growth and facial balance plays a role in orthodontic care from patients ranging from 6 to late adulthood.

How can I schedule an appointment?

Please call our office to speak with our team at 757-253-1200.

How much is my first visit?

Initial visits are always complimentary. At this first visit, you will consult with our treatment coordinator and one of our board certified orthodontists to discuss treatment options or the need for continued growth and development evaluations until the time that you may benefit from orthodontic treatment.

What dental insurance plans do you accept?

We are in network with Delta Dental but can file with most insurance companies on your behalf so that you are able to utilize your orthodontic insurance benefit.  You will meet with a financial coordinator at your first visit to review how orthodontic insurance can help you.

How can I afford care if I don’t have insurance?

We have several very flexible payment options to fit your budget.

What happens at the initial consultation?

You’ll find the initial consultation very easy and comfortable. At this visit, our treatment coordinator typically takes a set of photographs of your teeth and potentially a panoramic x-ray, if your dentist has not taken one recently. If we need to take any x-rays, it is complimentary, and we will share these x-rays with your dentist’s office. After these records are taken, one of our doctors will take some bite measurements using a mirror and then we will translate all of our measurements from “tooth language” to relatable terms.

How long does it take to get braces?

Getting your braces on typically takes one hour which includes the 15 minutes the doctor takes to actually place the braces plus the time it takes for our clinical team member to give you your first wires, colors, and provide thorough instructions on how to take care of your braces.

Can I still play sports, play an instrument and do regular activities with braces?

You absolutely can continue all activities with braces. We may recommend a mouth guard to keep your mouth comfortable while performing a sporting activity.

How long does it take to get Invisalign?

Getting your Invisalign started typically takes one hour which includes the placement of any necessary attachments and time for our clinical team member to provide thorough instructions on how to have a great experience with your Invisalign care.

How often will I have to come back to the office during treatment?

There are a few factors that weigh into this, but with braces, we’d like to see you every 4-8 weeks.  With Invisalign, we typically see you less often, every 10-12 weeks.

Do I still need to see my regular dentist while I’m receiving orthodontic care?

Yes…continuing to see your dental office every 6 months (or more if they recommend) is one of the most important factors in successful orthodontic care.

Do braces hurt?

When braces are first put on, your mouth will take a few weeks to get used to the braces, but nothing should hurt…if something does hurt, please let us know so that we can fix it for you or provide guidance on how to fix it from home. After every visit with us, your teeth may be mildly sore for one week when eating but should return to normal after that week.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a digital orthodontic platform that helps us provide clear aligners to progressively move your teeth weekly based on small, incremental movements.

Am I eligible for Invisalign?

Most patients are eligible for Invisalign…only a small number of orthodontic needs cannot be as efficiently treated with Invisalign, and we will provide you with these details at your complimentary consultation. To succeed with Invisalign treatment, you need to be very committed to wearing your aligners well.

Will I have to wear a retainer forever?

If you want to maintain your orthodontic result, you need to have a retainer that fits and is worn nightly. With that said, as years pass from the completion of your orthodontic treatment, you can typically wear your retainers for less nights per week and maintain your result with our team’s guidance.

See what treatment options we offer at Williamsburg Orthodontics

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