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Dr. John J. Palmer - Palmer Distinctive DentistryRating: 5
Reviewed by: Donna P.
Today was my big day in the dentist's chair. All of you made me feel good about being there; and I could tell that you really knew what you were doing! Thank you all for the easiest day at the dentist that I have ever had. ? (oh, and for giving me back my smile!)
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Q & A session for Early Intervention Functional Orthodontics1. What is the purpose of functional appliances?
Functional appliances correct space issues in the dental arches or growth discrepancies in the jaws while the child is still young and actively growing. This often reduces or eliminates the need for future extractions or jaw surgery. It also reduces or possibly eliminates the need for conventional braces once the permanent teeth are in.
2. How much will it cost?
Your financial options will be discussed at your consultation appointment, but the cost is significantly less than traditional braces.
3. What is the total treatment time?
Treatment varies from 3 months to 2 years depending on severity of bite issues and cooperation with appliances. The average duration is 6 months of actively moving and 6 months of retention.
4. How frequent are follow up appointments?
Follow up appointments are scheduled for 20 minutes, once a month while teeth are being moved.
5. What needs to be done at home?
The appliances need to be worn all day and night, except for cleaning after eating or drinking. Appliances must be removed during active or impact sports. Most appliances require a small screw to be turned twice a week under parental supervision.
6. What can my child expect during appointments?
At the initial appointments, they will have photos, xrays, and dental impressions taken. They will get to choose the colors and design of their appliances from a large number of options. At follow up appointments, appliances will be adjusted to fine tune fit and will be checked to make sure your child is progressing well.
7. What if something happens to the appliance?
Let our office know as soon as possible so another appliance can be made quickly; this way, your child will not relapse. You will only be responsible for the lab fee for the replacement. If the appliance breaks or comes out of adjustment during normal wear, it will be replaced at no charge.
8. Are there any food restrictions?
Chewing gum and hard candy must be avoided.
9. What if the appliances are not working?
Every step will be taken to reach a solution. It will need to be determined if cooperation is adequate. If not, a switch to a fixed appliance may be needed instead of a removable appliance. In rare cases, it may be necessary to transfer to an orthodontist. However, I make every effort to anticipate this beforehand and only start cases that I am confident in successfully treating.
10. Will my child still need braces?
Your child may still need braces for minor or cosmetic tooth straightening after treatment. The purpose of functional appliances is to ensure adequate space for permanent teeth and good positioning of the upper and lower jaws. If braces are needed, the duration and cost will be much less than if we waited to just do braces.
11. How young can we start?
As a general rule, treatment can begin around age 6 as long as we have good cooperation. Certain types of corrections can be done even earlier.
12. How quickly do the appliances come in from the lab?
Once treatment is accepted, the appliances will be ready within 2 weeks.