We are always excited about meeting new patients during their first visit to our office. Your initial appointment will consist of a thorough examination and a discussion of potential treatment options. This important 30-45 minute visit will give us insight into your orthodontic needs. We know your time is valuable, so to expedite treatment, we may also reserve time for diagnostic records at the first visit. The records include X-rays and photos that are necessary for developing the appropriate treatment plan.
During the initial examination for each patient, Dr. Muse will address the following questions that cover the basics of orthodontic treatment. We encourage you to ask questions as well.
- Is treatment needed now or should treatment be delayed?
- What treatment procedures will be used to correct the problem?
- Do any permanent teeth need to be removed?
- How long will treatment take?
- How much will it cost?
- What are my payment options?
Orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age and adults especially appreciate the benefits of a beautiful smile. One of every five patients in orthodontic treatment is over 21. Jaw surgery is more often required for adult orthodontic patients because their jaws are not growing. Adults also may have experienced some breakdown or loss of their teeth and bone that supports the teeth and may require periodontal treatment before, during, and/or after orthodontic treatment. Bone loss can also limit the amount and direction of tooth movement that is advisable.
It’s best for Dr. Muse to see children by age 7 to advise if orthodontic treatment is required and it is the best time for that patient to be treated. The first permanent molars and incisors have usually come in by that time and crossbites, crowding, and other problems can be evaluated. When treatment is begun early, the orthodontist can guide the growth of the jaw and guide incoming permanent teeth. Early treatment can also regulate the width of the upper and lower dental arches, gain space for permanent teeth, avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions, reduce likelihood of impacted permanent teeth, correct thumb-sucking, and eliminate abnormal swallowing or speech problems. In other words, early treatment can simplify later treatment.
Orthognathic surgery is a surgical procedure that changes positions of the jaws. It is intended to correct deformities of the jaw, which affect appearance and health. In the same way orthodontics straights teeth, Orthognathic works in straightening jaws.
On average, the procedure is also combined with an orthodontic treatment, because moving the jaws also moves the teeth. The orthodontic is used after surgery, in order to rearrange teeth, for optimal alignment of the teeth and the bite.
Orthognathic Surgery is best for people who present an improper bite or whose jaws are incorrectly positioned. Jaw imbalance might be caused by the fact that upper and lower jaws sometimes grow differently.
If this is needed Dr. Muse will discuss this procedure in detail with you.
Lythos Impressionless Scanner
Lythos is the worlds most sophisticated intraoral digital camera. The introduction of Lythos scanning technology into our practice is the first step of the process that will eliminate uncomfortable and messy impressions from our practice forever. Lythos is designed to integrate easily into our practice’s workflow, allowing the team to transition quickly into digital impressions, which saves time for our patients. Using the Lythos scanner, we can get a single high resolution scan in less than 7 minutes. The lightweight, compact Lythos wand is comfortable and ergonomic for the operator. This combined with the the small wand handle and tip allow operators to access the posterior easily, maximizing your comfort.
AcceleDent® Aura’s exclusive SoftPulse Technology™ is clinically proven to move teeth up to 50% faster!
AcceleDent® Aura is a FDA cleared Class II medical device. Patients simply use the device for 20 minutes each day while gentle micropulses safely accelerate bone remodeling.
AcceleDent® Aura SoftPulse Technology micopulses are gentle. Orthodontists and patients have reported reduced discomfort during orthodontic treatment.
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The cost of treatment depends on the severity of the patient’s problem. You will be able to discuss fees and payment options before treatment begins. We have payment plans to suit different budgets. For your convenience we also work with flexible spending plans. We work hard to make orthodontics affordable for every patient.
In an effort to keep orthodontic fees down while maintaining the highest level of professional care, we have established these financial options:
- If full payment is made at the onset of treatment, we will offer a 7% discount.
- To fit your individual needs, financial arrangements can be made to extend your payments over a period of months with low down payment and no interest.
- For your convenience, we accept payment by VISA, MASTERCARD, and CARE CREDIT.
Many patients now have orthodontic benefits as part of their dental insurance plan and we will be glad to check your specific insurance plan to determine your orthodontic benefit. We work with most insurance plans and have an experienced dedicated insurance coordinator in each office to ensure you will get the maximum benefit possible. For your convenience we will handle all insurance claim generation and submission of insurance for you. Please provide us with your insurance information prior to your first visit so that we can inform you of your benefit that day.
Here is the list of insurance companies we are in network with:
Oral-B PRO 5000 SmartSeries with Bluetooth® Electric Rechargeable Power Toothbrush Powered by Braun
Dween Muse Orthodontics is now a proud career of the Oral-B PRO 5000 SmartSeries with Bluetooth® Electric Rechargeable Power Toothbrush Powered by Braun!
- Removes up to 100% more plaque than a regular manual toothbrush
- Rechargeable with 5 modes: Daily Clean, Gum Care, Sensitive, Whitening, and Deep Clean
- Senses when you brush too hard with pressure sensor alert
Having Impacted Canine Surgery
Temporary Anchorage Devices
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