FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions about Orthodontic Treatment in Miami, FL

 

Do you offer Invisalign or Invisalign Teen?
Absolutely.  Dr. Sanders is an Invisalign Premier Preferred Provider and we are happy to offer Invisalign to both Teens and Adults.

 

Do you offer lingual braces?
Absolutely.  We offer two types of lingual braces.  The first option is a completely customized lingual appliance system called Harmony and the second option is for minor movement and it’s called 2D Lingual Bracket System.   Dr. Sanders will be able to explain which system may work best for you at your initial examination.

 

What is a good age to start treatment?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that a child should have his/her first orthodontic check up by the age of 7.  At that time, Dr. Sanders can evaluate for problems that may need to be addressed at an early time.  If treatment is indicated, there are usually significant benefits associated with early orthodontic treatment.

 

Do you treat adult patients?
Yes, about 25% of our patients are adults and this is a growing percentage.  We offer multiple types of esthetic treatment options for adults.

 

Am I too old for braces?
No one is ever too old for braces.  As long as you have healthy roots and strong teeth, it is possible to achieve a beautiful smile.

 

Will my dental insurance cover orthodontic treatment? 
We accept all PPO dental insurance plans.  Please be advised that most orthodontic plans only offer benefits up to the age of 19 or 26.  If you are a student, there may be a waiting period.

 

Do you accept credit cards?
We accept all major credit cards, checks and cash.

 

How much does my insurance cover?
Every policy is different.  We will be more than happy to verify insurance coverage for you.

 

Do you accept Medicaid?
Unfortunately, no.  You may find that most orthodontic practices in Miami do not accept Medicaid because in the state of Florida, Medicaid along with any of it’s associated companies (Florida Healthy Kids, MCNA, DentaQuest, etc.) only cover orthodontic treatment if it’s medically necessary.

 

What are your hours of operations?
Our office is open Monday-Thursday from 9:00AM-6:00PM and we are closed on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  If there is an emergency that happens after hours, our on-call team member can be reached directly via our emergency cell phone.

 

May I transfer into your practice from another one?
Absolutely.  We currently accept transfer patients and the initial examination is free.  Our practice has seen many patients who have moved to Miami from other parts of the country and even across South Florida.  Dr. Sanders will gather records from your previous orthodontist, complete your diagnostic records, assess the current status of your case and discuss a treatment plan for completing your orthodontic treatment.

 

Do I have to pay every time I go for a visit?
All visits are included in the total treatment fee and there are never any additional charges for office visits.  Most patients choose to take advantage of our 0% financing and establish a payment plan with our office.  In those cases, our office will arrange an automatic payment plan and the payments are independent of when you visit the office.

 

How often will the doctor see me?
Dr. Sanders sees every patient at every appointment in our office.  The appointment interval, or time between each visit, may be between 4-10 weeks depending on the procedures that need to be done.

 

How long are my appointments?
Appointment length depends on the type of adjustment you need.  Routinely each appointment is about 30 minutes long but can be as long as an hour.

 

How long is the wait for each appointment? 
We strive to treat all of our patients on-time and there should never be a wait for longer than 5-10 minutes.

 

Do I have to pay extra for emergency appointments?
All emergency appointments are included in the treatment fee and there will never be an extra charge for emergency appointments.

 

How long will I be in treatment? 
Treatment times vary on a variety of factors and may range from 3-36 months.  At the time of your initial orthodontic consultation, Dr. Sanders will evaluate your individual needs and inform you of your estimated treatment time.

 

Is the process going to be painful?
Although you will have soreness at times, you shouldn’t feel any serious pain during treatment.

 

Do I have to pay extra for my retainers?
At our office, there are never any hidden fees.  The first set of retainers are included in your total treatment fee and there may be an additional cost if retainers are lost or broken.

 

Does everyone need retainers?
Teeth will continue to move if they are not held in place.  In order to maintain tooth alignment after orthodontic treatment, retainers definitely need to be worn.

 

How long do I need to wear the retainers after I finish treatment?
Retainers should be worn forever.  Teeth will always have a tendency to move back to their original positions.

 

What happens if my retainer breaks or gets lost?
Call our office right away if your retainers are lost or broken.  We like to evaluate our patients to determine the best way to proceed.  Most times, it’s as easy as taking a new impression so that a new retainer can be made.

 

What if I don’t wear my retainer as instructed?
Since teeth have a tendency to move back to their original positions if retainers are not worn, there is a great chance that teeth can move and an additional phase of orthodontic treatment may be needed.

 

How often do I need to get cleanings?
Dr. Sanders recommends having regular cleanings every 3-4 months during active orthodontic treatment in order to reduce the risk of caries and decalcification.

 

What kind of protection do you use when taking an x-ray?
For the safety of our patients we use lead aprons with thyroid collars when taking x-rays.


About the Author: Derek Sanders is an Orthodontist at Orthodontics Only in Miami, FL. He has numerous publications and has lectured extensively on topics including braces and Invisalign. Dr. Sanders teaches at the University of Miami and is on the Craniofacial Team at Miami Children's Hospital. He has a blog and can also be found on Google+. See more articles by Derek Sanders.

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