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OFFICE INFO

FORMS AND HELPFUL LINKS

ONLINE AND PRINTED FORMS

INSURANCE

Our office is committed to helping you maximize your insurance benefits. Many insurance policies have a lifetime orthodontic benefit which is different from regular dental insurance. Since insurance policies vary, we will review your insurance to help you maximize the use of your benefits. We are currently on assignment with several prevalent insurance plans and will process your insurance paperwork for you as part of the assignment. As a courtesy to our patients who have insurance that we’re not on assignment with, we will assist in billing your insurance company for services rendered. If you have any questions, our courteous staff is always available to answer them.

FINANCING

At any stage of life, orthodontic treatment is a great investment in your overall health.  We are committed to making this investment accessible to all families, and for this reason offer a variety of payment options tailored to your family’s needs. We are proud to partner with CareCredit and OrthoBanc to help us attain this goal.  We also offer discounts for multiple family members and for treatment paid in advance.  Please contact us to learn more about our convenient financing options.

HELPFUL LINKS AND COMMON QUESTIONS

Please see the more common questions that we receive. If you don’t find the question you’re looking, please contact us. We’ll be sure to get back to you as soon as possible.

What do I need to bring to my first visit?

For your first visit you’ll need to bring the completed office forms that were either downloaded from our on-line office or received in the mail.  Also, if you have a Panorex film from your regular dentist within the past 12 months that will be beneficial for Dr. Schaefer in evaluating what is going on underneath the gums.  If you would like us to file with your insurance company then please bring your insurance card with you.

Can orthodontics address my condition?

Orthodontics can improve and correct a wide variety of bite problems that may or may not be associated with other dental problems.

When should I start treatment?

Every patient is different and multiple variables determine the best starting time for each patient.  Sometimes intercepting growth plays a significant role; and other times, the problem is strictly dental related and growth isn’t a factor.  Dr. Schaefer will inform you if the time is right.  If not, we will monitor you until it is.  It is important to know that we cannot start treatment unless you have had a recent check-up and cleaning with your regular dentist, and you have healthy gums and teeth.

What appointment times are available?

We offer a variety of appointment times in order to accommodate our patients work and school schedules.  By offering shorter appointments in the early morning and after school we can accommodate more patients.  Our longer appointments are during the morning and early afternoon.  Please refer to our office information for our most current hours.

What treatment procedures will be used to correct the problem?

There is no one treatment that is for everybody. Every patient is unique in their own way and so are the treatment plans. However, we do offer the most current technology available. Be sure to ask us.

Do any permanent teeth need to be removed?

This is a concern of many patients. Sometimes it is very obvious and other times it isn’t. Dr. Schaefer understands these concerns and does not readily recommend the removal of permanent teeth without you fully understanding the reason. If applicable, we may offer non-extraction alternatives.

How long will treatment take?

Everybody’s overall treatment time varies; however, the average treatment time for teenagers is 20-24 months and adults 28-30 months.  We do offer various appliances and technology to shorten your treatment time, which may be available at an additional cost.

How much will it cost?

A very common question.  Your fee will be determined by the complexity of your case and the length of treatment.

What are my payment options?

We have various payment options to accommodate the various budgets of our patients. We offer in-office payment plans that carry no interest, no down payments, and down payments with monthly payments, or third-party options that allow you carry the balance longer.

Do braces hurt?

The braces themselves do not hurt; however, after each adjustment your teeth may be sore for a day or two. The level of soreness varies from patient to patient and whatever you normally take for body aches is usually adequate enough to make you comfortable.