Q: What is an orthodontist?

A: An orthodontist is a highly trained specialist who has completed two or three years of training after graduating from dental school. The orthodontic training is a fulltime commitment in an accredited university setting.

Q: At what age should I take my child to see Dr. Hilty?

A: We recommend bringing children to see Dr. Hilty at age seven for an early check-up. Early orthodontic screening can lead to simpler, more effective treatment. Many factors determine when will be the appropriate time to begin treatment. There is no charge for this initial visit or follow-up visits as we watch your child’s teeth develop and mature.

Q: How would I know if my children or I need braces?

A: Major gaps between teeth, or teeth that are crowded, turned or protruding are the most common warning signs that a person might need orthodontic treatment. When teeth don’t come together properly they can wear unevenly causing chronic pain in the jaw joint and distortion or instability of the bite.

Q: What are some of the long-term benefits of Orthodontics?

A: Braces can help enhance a person’s appearance, which can improve their self-esteem and confidence. By putting teeth into proper alignment, treatment can also help relieve some types of dental or facial pain and improve oral health, which can prevent future tooth decay, gum disease and even tooth loss.

Q: Are braces uncomfortable?

A: Today’s braces are definitely designed with patient comfort in mind. The brackets are small with curved rounded edges that are less likely to irritate the cheeks and tongue. There’s always an adjustment period when braces first go on, but any pain usually passes very quickly.

Q: Are all braces the same?

A: Braces are smaller and less noticeable than they were 20 years ago when clunky silver bands literally covered a person’s teeth. Dr. Hilty can now treat most adults and some adolescents with Invisalign – a clear and braceless way to move teeth. Dr. Hilty can tell you what type of treatment will work best for you.

Q: How long does treatment usually last?

A: The time needed to undergo orthodontic treatment will vary for each patient and always depends on how much your jaw needs to change and how far your teeth must move. In most situations, the time to treat teenagers or adults is between 18 and 24 months. We are committed to making your treatment as swift and effective as possible.

Q: What is the cost for Orthodontic treatment?

A: Fee for orthodontic treatment varies depending on what is needed. The fee for your individualized treatment will be thoroughly discussed and a payment plan established without interest. Many insurance plans now cover orthodontic care. We also accept MasterCard and Visa.