Frequently Asked Questions

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At what age should I schedule an appointment for an orthodontic screening?

The American Association of Orthodontics recommends an orthodontic screening at age seven. By this age, several permanent teeth in most children have erupted, allowing us to effectively evaluate your child.

What will happen at the initial exam?

There are five essential questions that we will cover during the initial examination:

  • Is there an orthodontic issue, and if so what is it?
  • What is the recommended treatment to correct the issue?
  • What is the estimated length of treatment?
  • Will any teeth need to be removed?
  • How much will the treatment cost?
Will I need to have teeth extracted for braces?

Straight teeth and a balanced facial profile is Dr Kieffer’s primary goal. New technology has provided advanced orthodontic procedures and removing teeth is not always necessary for treatment. However, extractions are occasionally required to achieve the best orthodontic result. Dr. Kieffer takes a conservative approach with regards to extractions.

How much will braces cost? Are financing options available? How does my insurance work?

We will provide you with the cost of treatment and financial options during the initial examination. We have many financing options available to accommodate your needs. We will also review your insurance and flex plan policies to help maximize your benefits.

How often will I have appointments?

Appointments are scheduled according to each patient’s needs. Most patients in braces will be seen every four to six weeks. If there are specific situations that require more frequent monitoring, we will schedule accordingly.

Can I schedule all of my appointments after school?

We will make a sincere effort to meet your scheduling needs. Most patients will miss minimal school due to their orthodontic appointments. It is fair to expect to miss some school for the longer appointments where the braces are being put on and removed. We recommend making your future appointments as you leave our office in order to schedule an after school time.

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