FAQ

Do You Charge For an Initial Visit?

As a courtesy to you and your family dentist, we offer a complimentary exam to determine the need for braces.

At What Age Do You Start Seeing Patients?

We follow the American Association of Orthodontics recommendation that every child receive an evaluation by age 7.

Why Do You Evaluate Patients So Young?

Early detection and correction of dental problems while a child is young may prevent more serious problems from developing and make any subsequent treatment shorter and less complicated. A small percentage of this young group may need some form of intervention to widen the arch, making more room for teeth to erupt. Habits are evaluated, medical issues are discussed and an observation schedule is arranged until the patient is ready to begin treatment.

How Long Will the First Visit Last?

The first visit can last anywhere between 30 minutes and 1 hour. Dr. DeWitt will conduct an orthodontic examination and treatment and financial options will be discussed.

Do You Accept Patients Transferring From Out of Town?

Yes, we do. After an examination Dr. DeWitt will propose options for the completion of your treatment.

Do You Have Any Adult Patients?

Absolutely. A growing percentage of our patients are adult. New cosmetic options are making adult treatment much more comfortable and convenient. Learn more here.

What is the Difference Between an Orthodontist and a Dentist?

An orthodontist is a general dentist that has completed 2 additional years of full-time education in orthodontic biomechanics. The orthodontist is then licensed as a specialist in straightening teeth.

Can I Make Appointments For Late in the Afternoon?

In order to have early and late appointments available for the majority of patient appointments, some longer procedures need to be accomplished during the hours of 9 and 3. We will do our best to work with your schedules and accommodate your family needs.

Do You See Patients for an Emergency?

Yes, contact information for our patient emergencies is on our phone system. Feel free to visit our emergency care page for detailed information.

Are Payment Options Available?

Yes, we offer a variety of payment options that will allow you to pay for orthodontic services over a period of time which usually coincides with your estimated length of treatment. Learn more here.

How Do You Handle Insurance?

After verification of coverage, we will bill and collect from an insurance carrier. All insurance plans are different and vary greatly. Plans with Orthodontic coverage only cover a portion of the total Ortho fee. Your insurance is an agreement between you and your employer. We will do all we can to help you receive your maximum benefit by assisting you with the required paperwork. However, we ask patients to understand that if coverage ceases or changes, the patient is ultimately responsible for the total fee.

Do You Accept American Express, Master Card or Visa?

Yes, we accept all major credit cards.

Do You Have Direct Debit?

Yes, we have arrangements for direct debit from your checking or savings. We can also charge monthly to your credit or HSA card.

Do You Charge Interest?

No we do not.

Are Family Discounts Available?

We do offer family reductions for multiple patients from the same family.

Are Retainers Required After Braces?

Yes, retainers are worn full-time for about 6 months followed by nighttime wear indefinitely.

Why Do Teeth Move After Getting Braces Removed?

Teeth move throughout life whether you have worn braces or not.  It is part of the natural aging process. This is why retainer wear is recommended indefinitely to maintain orthodontic results over your lifetime.