Orthodontists Serving Denver, Cherry Creek, Stapleton & Nearby Areas Of Colorado
Orthodontics create straight, attractive teeth while aligning the bite. Today, there are several orthodontic options. Experienced Denver orthodontists Robert Rudman and Jeff Birg will help you develop the ideal treatment plan. To learn more or to arrange a consultation at Advanced Orthodontic Care, please call 303-331-0222.
How Do I Know Which Orthodontic Treatment is Best For Me?
You may be a candidate for any of the three, or you may benefit more from one than the other. Rely on Dr. Rudman and Dr. Birg to determine which one will work best for you. There are various considerations, including how your teeth need to move, the bite problems you have developed, cost, expectations and other factors.
What to Expect: Getting Started with Orthodontics
If you are interested in straightening your teeth, your next step is to call our office to arrange a consultation. During your first couple of visits, we will build your treatment plan. Below are some of the things you can expect.
If you decide to proceed with orthodontic treatment, we will begin taking diagnostic records to develop your custom plan. A basic diagnostic record series will include:
- Scans of your upper and lower rows of teeth
- Facial and intra-oral photographs
- Imaging of the jaw and entire head to determine position of teeth within the jaw, bone structure, and jaw alignment
Dr. Rudman and Dr. Birg examine these records to see how your teeth need to move in order to create an ideal bite position.
What can I expect from my Orthodontic Visit?
Your first visit to our comfortable Denver office is about 30 minutes long. We know your time is valuable, so to expedite treatment, we may also reserve time following the exam for diagnostic records. The records include X-rays, photos and impressions for study models and are necessary for developing the appropriate treatment plan. This additional appointment will last approximately one hour.
During the initial examination for each patient, we will address the following questions that cover the basics of orthodontic treatment. We encourage you to ask questions as well.
- Is there a condition that orthodontics can address?
- Is treatment needed now or should treatment be delayed until appropriate growth, tooth eruption or other factors have occurred?
- 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?
While Dr. Rudman and Dr. Birg can often answer these general questions about treatment during the initial examination, they will address specific areas after careful analysis of the diagnostic records. We feel it is important to analyze each patient's specific needs, because in-depth planning leads to the best possible results and higher patient satisfaction.
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Preparing Your Orthodontic Treatment Plan
After you’ve discussed how the orthodontic treatment will proceed, you will meet with our treatment coordinator to learn about financial arrangements and our office policy. Treatment fee quotes are good for a time period of 12 months from the initial exam. After a year, a new exam will need to be performed to determine if your needs have changed.
Then we'll arrange your next appointment to place your braces or Invisalign® trays. This is an exciting appointment as your treatment will finally begin! You'll be on your way to the straight, healthy smile of your dreams.
Early Intervention Orthodontics for Children
From children to adults, people of diverse ages can be good candidates for orthodontics. But there is often an optimal time period to begin treatment. Oftentimes this optimal age is whenever the first signs of orthodontic issues appear, or no later than age 7. Beginning treatment at this time ensures the greatest result and the least amount of time and expense.
While a child this young probably does not need actual braces yet, it is a good age to bring them to our office for an appointment. Dr. Rudman and Dr. Birg will be able to examine their teeth and bite in order to anticipate the right timing for treatment.
What Are The Benefits of Childhood Orthodontic Evaluation?
Early evaluation provides both timely detection of problems and greater opportunity for more effective treatment. Prudent intervention guides growth and development, preventing serious problems later. When orthodontic intervention is not necessary, an orthodontist can carefully monitor growth and development and begin treatment when it is ideal.
Why is Age 7 Considered The Optimal Time For Screening?
By roughly the age of 7, the first adult molars erupt, establishing the back bite. During this time, Dr. Rudman and Dr. Birg can evaluate front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships. For example, the presence of erupting incisors can indicate possible overbite, open bite, crowding or gummy smiles. Timely screening increases the chances for an incredible smile.
The Benefits of Early Orthodontic Treatment
The benefits of early treatment may include:
- Creating room for crowded, erupting teeth
- Creating facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth
- Reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
- Preserving space for un-erupted teeth
- Reducing the need for tooth removal
- Reducing treatment time with braces
Why Should Malocclusions Be Treated?
According to studies by the American Association of Orthodontists, untreated malocclusions can result in a variety of problems. Crowded teeth are more difficult to properly brush and floss, which may contribute to tooth decay and/or gum disease. Protruding teeth are more susceptible to accidental chipping. Crossbites can result in unfavorable growth and uneven tooth wear. Open bites can result in tongue-thrusting habits and speech impediments. Ultimately, orthodontics does more than make a pretty smile—it creates a healthier you.
Costs and Financing for Orthodontics
Your consultation will include a quote for the cost of treatment. Some insurance policies include certain types of orthodontia. We will file your claims if you believe your insurance provides such coverage. You will need to refer to the details of your own policy to verify coverage.
Our office also provides several payment options, which you can read about in full on our financing page. Such options include discounts for pre-payment in full, as well as interest-free monthly payments with a certain percent down.
Frequently Asked Questions about Orthodontics
It’s very common for patients to have a number of questions. Dr. Rudman, Dr. Birg, and our team will make sure you get clear, straightforward answers to all of these questions and any concerns. Whether you’re the parent of a child with developing dental issues or an adult who has never undergone orthodontic correction before, it’s only natural to wonder what is involved in treatment. Questions we often get about orthodontics include:
At What Age Should I Schedule an Orthodontic Screening Appointment for My Child?
In general, children can be considered for orthodontic treatment around age seven. By this point, several permanent teeth will have emerged from the gum line, and issues affecting tooth alignment and positioning will start to become evident. The earlier you are able to identify orthodontic problems in your child, the easier it will be to correct them, rather than later on in their adult life.
Do Teeth Straighten Out As They Grow?
Unfortunately, adult teeth that grow in crooked rarely straighten out on their own, which is why it is recommended to visit your orthodontist as most crooked teeth can be corrected only through professional treatment.
What Happens at the First Visit?
Each patient’s consultation will be unique to them, as our doctors are dedicated to learning about every patient’s goals, needs, and dental history. The initial consultation will seek to answer five essential questions:
- Is there an orthodontic problem, and if so, what is it?
- What is required to correct the problem?
- Will any teeth need to be removed?
- How long will the treatment take to complete?
- How much will treatment cost?
Though some patients will need to have teeth extracted for optimal orthodontic correction, new technology often makes removing teeth unnecessary. The length of treatment and cost, however, will vary from patient to patient.
Frequently Asked Questions about Braces
Braces are perhaps the most famous type of orthodontics. Many people feel self-conscious about having their teeth covered with brackets and wires, and many of our adult patients refused orthodontics in their youth due to anxiety about what peers might say about the apparatus. However, braces are put in place to help most people become more comfortable and confident with their smiles. If you’re wondering if braces are right for you, check out our FAQ below:
Do Braces Hurt?
Oral pain from braces will most likely occur, but this is a perfectly normal side effect of having braces. Because braces work to correct crookedness or gaps in the teeth, it prompts your teeth to move within the mouth and jaw, which often results in some soreness, pain, and discomfort. This pain usually only lasts a few days after each braces adjustment, and will not hurt throughout the entire duration while your braces on. In the end, you’ll have a smile that can last a lifetime.
Do You Offer Financing Options or Accept Insurance?
Most dental insurance plans cover at least part of the cost of your treatment for braces. Our team is happy to help patients determine which financing option is available and will best suit you or your child’s orthodontic care.
Is it Too Late to Have Braces if I’m Already an Adult?
No! While most orthodontic patients do get braces in their teenage years, many adults have braces too. It is never late!
How Often Will I Have Appointments With Braces?
Most patients have appointments every four to six weeks, depending on the progress of the movement of their teeth.
Can I Schedule My Child’s Appointments for After School?
Yes, our team is happy to help schedule your appointments ahead of time to accommodate your schedule.
Can I Drop My Child Off for an Appointment?
Yes. Our team understands your schedule can be busy, and we are happy to accommodate your child during their appointment.
Will My Child Be Able to Return to School the Same Day He/She Receives Braces?
Yes, typical orthodontic appointments take less than an hour, and your child will be able to return to school if their appointment time is scheduled during school hours.
Can I Still Play Sports With Braces?
Yes, children can still play sports with braces, however, it’s recommended to wear a mouthpiece to avoid complications from potential injuries.
Do I Still Need to Visit the Dentist While in Braces?
It is always best to visit your dentist regularly for cleanings to optimize your oral health, especially when you have braces.
Are Shots Necessary?
Shots are typically not necessary for braces.
Are There Foods I Can’t Eat With Braces?
For people who have braces, it is best to avoid drinks that can stain your teeth such as wine or coffee. Staying away from foods extra high in sugar can help prevent tooth decay. It’s also recommended to avoid chewing gum and sticky, hard candies that can damage your teeth while you have braces on.
How Often Should I Brush My Teeth With Braces?
It is recommended to brush your teeth about four times a day if you have braces - once in the morning, after breakfast, after lunch, and before bed - to optimize oral hygiene.
After reviewing the custom orthodontic treatment plan with Dr. Rudman or Dr. Birg, you will meet with our treatment coordinator to discuss scheduling, payments, caring for braces, and other matters. We can answer many of the above questions during this conversation.
Schedule Your Consultation With Our Orthodontists in Denver
If you are searching for an experienced orthodontist in the Denver, Cherry Creek and greater Stapleton area, please call us to learn more, at 303-331-0222. The team at Advanced Orthodontic Care is personally driven to create lasting smile health and beauty. Please call us today to get started on your path to a great smile.