Questions and Answers About Orthodontic Treatment

My dentist told me I need to see an orthodontist. What can I expect when I see you?

On your first visit an examination is made of the patient. Sometimes it is necessary to take a panoramic X-ray to determine the position and condition of teeth that have not yet erupted. After this is done, it is determined whether a problem exists and whether it is treatable.

Dr. Irwin Kolin & Sue Liebman are board certified orthodontistsWhat is Board Certified?

Board certification by the “American Board of Orthodontics” represents an additional level of achievement in the field of orthodontics whereby the orthodontist subjects him/herself to a rigorous testing process administered by their peers, involving years of preparation in order to demonstrate an increased level of proficiency and expertise in the field. It is representative of a level of commitment to “the pursuit of continued proficiency and excellence” within the field. For more details, see Dr. Kolin and Dr. Liebman’s bios.

When is the right time for treatment?

The “American Association of Orthodontics” recommends the first visit to an orthodontist at no later than 7 years of age. Many conditions are most easily treated at an earlier age when there is a mix of both baby and adult teeth present. Benefits of early treatment include minimal damage as a result of protruding teeth, regaining or development of space in mouths that lack space, often avoiding the need for extraction of teeth, complete resolution of crossbites and other jaw discrepancies that would require surgical correction at a later age, prevention of harmful patterns of growth or eruption which might result in impactions or damage to surrounding teeth, minimizing the harmful effects of habits such as finger sucking and tongue thrusting making them easier to address, and taking advantage of growth to correct misalignment of teeth and jaws, just to name a few.

Am I too old for braces?

Nowadays, about one in every three orthodontic patients is of adult age. Although there is no age limit to moving teeth, treating the adult patient will often necessitate the careful coordination of other dental disciplines into treatment planning as well as the adaptation of techniques used. In addition, we realize that comfort and esthetic considerations differ at different age groups and we, in our practice, take special pains to address any such concerns and do our best to insure that this process is as comfortable and manageable as possible.

How long will treatment take?

The length of time treatment will take is highly variable. It can last from between a few months to two years depending on the severity and complexity of the problem. Newer technologies such as Propel and Acceledent are available to speed up the length of orthodontic treatment.

How much will treatment cost?

The cost of treatment depends on the length of time it is estimated that the problem will take to correct. There is usually a down payment, which is due in the first month of treatment, and then there is a monthly fee which continues for a specific number of months. A definite figure is arrived at during the consultation appointment. There is no fee for the consultation and the patient is under no obligation to start.

Do you accept insurance?

We work with and participate in numerous insurance plans and unions. Forms can be filled out and submitted on your behalf for the purposes of payment or reimbursement. Our knowledgeable office staff would be more than happy to assist you.

Do you accept credit cards?

The office accepts all major credit and debit cards including Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover.

Where are you located?

We are located in Brooklyn Heights, at 185 Montague Street on the 8th floor. For details see our hours and location page.

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