frequently asked questions

We get tons of questions from our patients every day when it comes to our practice and orthodontics in general, so below, we decided to answer some of the most common ones! If you still have a question after reading over this page, be sure to give us a call 855-865-5413 , and we’ll be happy to answer it. 
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General FAQ

I'm interested in getting Invisalign®. What is the first step?

If you are interested in getting Invisalign®, the first step is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Othman. During your consultation, Dr. Othman will do a full evaluation, and if required, take X-rays in order to determine if Invisalign® or any other aligner system is the right treatment for you.

I'm interested in getting braces. What is the first step?

If you are interested in getting braces, the first step is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Othman. During your consultation, Dr. Othman will do a full evaluation, and if required, take X-rays in order to determine if braces are the right treatment for you. If Treatment is recommended, Dr. Othman will discuss the different types of braces that are available(clear, incognito, colored), and will help you to choose the type of braces that is right for you.

Am I too old for orthodontic treatment?

No, you are never too old for orthodontic treatment. Orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age. The main factor that is considered when evaluating patients for orthodontic treatment is their periodontal health. As long as you have healthy teeth and gum and no medical contraindication for treatment, you can benefit from orthodontic treatment.

What’s the best age to visit the orthodontist?

The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that children first visit the orthodontist around age 7. This is because, at this age, many orthodontic problems are just beginning to develop, and can be more easily corrected. However, every child is different, and some may need to visit the orthodontist earlier or later than age 7. If you are concerned about your child's teeth, it is best to schedule a consultation. We will be able to tell you if treatment is necessary, and if so, when the best time for treatment would be.

Can I use a rubber band to fix my turned tooth?

No, you should never attempt to fix your own teeth with a rubber band or any other type of DIY method. This could damage your teeth further and complicates your treatment. We recommend that you schedule a complimentary consultation to go over treatment options with you.

What are the risks involved with orthodontic treatment?

Orthodontic treatment is generally considered to be safe. There are, however, a few risks involved with any type of dental or medical treatment. These risks include infection, irritation of the gums and teeth, and damage to the teeth. Overall, however, the risks associated with orthodontic treatment are very low.

Will I need to wear a retainer after my treatment is finished?

It is common for patients to need to wear a retainer after their orthodontic treatment is completed. This is necessary in order to keep the teeth in their new, straight position. The length of time that you will need to wear a retainer will vary, but it is typically recommended that you wear it for at least a few months after your treatment is finished.

How long does treatment usually take?

Treatment times will vary depending on the individual patient and the severity of their condition. In general, however, most orthodontic treatments will take at least a year to complete.

My orthodontist says I have a malocclusion? What is that?

“Malocclusion” comes from the Latin term that means “bad bite.” Orthodontics use this word to describe teeth that do not fit together properly.

What types of treatments does Othman Orthodontics offer?

Othman Orthodontics offers a variety of different treatments, depending on the specific needs of the patient. The most common type of treatment is braces, which are used to straighten teeth. We offer clear, colored, and incognito braces. We also offer Invisalign®, which includes multiple sets of clear plastic retainers that gradually move your teeth over the course of your treatment. Other types of treatments include retainers, which are used to keep teeth in place after they have been straightened.

What is an orthodontist?

An orthodontist is a dentist who specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of dental and facial irregularities. Orthodontists use braces, retainers, and other appliances to align teeth and jaws in order to improve both the function and appearance of a patient’s smile.

Payment & Insurance FAQ

Do I have to have insurance to have orthodontic treatment?

No, you do not have to have insurance to have orthodontic treatment. However, many insurance plans do cover orthodontic treatment, and we are happy to work with you and your insurance company to help maximize your benefits. If you do not have insurance, or if your insurance does not cover orthodontic treatment, we have many financing options available to make treatment affordable for you and your family.

Are orthodontic expenses tax deductible as a medical expense?

Yes, orthodontic expenses are considered medical expenses and can be tax deductible. However, there are certain requirements that must be met in order to qualify for the deduction. For more information on how to qualify, please speak to your accountant or tax professional.

Some people take advantage of an employer benefit known as an FSA (flexible spending account) to pay for some or all of their orthodontic costs. FSAs, which are funded using pre-tax money, have a yearly limit. Check with your employer to see if you qualify for this benefit.

Will my insurance pay for my orthodontic treatment?

Your insurance company may cover a portion of the cost of your orthodontic treatment. We are happy to work with your insurance company to help you receive the maximum benefits available. You can contact your insurance company directly to find out how much they will cover.

How much does orthodontic treatment cost?

The cost of orthodontic treatment will vary depending on the individual patient and the severity of their condition. Some insurance plans may cover a portion of the cost of orthodontic treatment.

Treatment FAQ

Which treatment is the best and fastest?

There is no definitive answer to this question as it depends on the individual case. At Othman Orthodontics we use state-of-the-art technology so that we can provide our patients with the best and fastest possible treatment options and results. One type is not consistently faster than the other as it depends on many factors. To ensure you get the quickest results, make sure you follow your orthodontist's tips for brushing, flossing, professional cleanings, and diets; and keep all your appointments with your orthodontist on time.

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