An orthodontist has 2-3 years of specialized university training beyond dental school and is a specialist at straightening teeth and guiding facial development. A dentist may see only a handful of orthodontic patients in a year, not nearly enough to develop the knowledge and skill required to properly treat a variety of problems. An orthodontist only practices orthodontics and treats hundreds of patients.
No. While some of our patients are referred to us by their family dentist, many others hear about us from their family and friends, or from reading our reviews. We will communicate with your dentist, but we do not need a referral.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children visit an orthodontist by age 7. Many young patients don’t need anything more than observation while their permanent teeth are growing into place; however, some young patients may have problems that require immediate intervention. Dr. MacKenzie will answer all your questions during the free consult.
No, they will not. The space available for the front teeth does not increase as you grow. In most people, after age 6 the teeth get more crowded.
Yes. Some orthodontic problems are severe enough to require early intervention to prevent them from becoming more severe and to improve self-esteem and self-image. If a patient is not yet ready for treatment, we will follow that patient’s growth and development until the time is right for treatment to begin.
Absolutely not! No patient is ever “too old” to wear braces. In fact, one in five orthodontic patients is an adult. Dr. MacKenzie has extensive experience with Invisalign and will offer you an almost invisible treatment option.
The cost of regular braces and Invisalign is usually the same. We will be happy to give you a quote at the free consultation. We need to examine your teeth and take photos/x-rays in order to determine the cost of treatment.
Yes. We direct bill most insurance companies, which makes treatment more affordable to you.
Yes. We offer a variety of payment plans, all of which are interest-free. Some payment plans do not require a downpayment. We would like to make treatment affordable and accessible to our patients. We accept Visa, Mastercard, debit and e-transfers.
Yes! Regular checkups with your dentist are very important. Your family dentist will determine the intervals between cleaning appointments while you are in braces.
Retainers are worn at night indefinitely for as long as you want to have straight teeth (which should be forever). Some patients are able to wear their retainers every second night, but most patients wear their retainers every night.
Wisdom teeth that are positioned improperly may affect the health of the adjacent teeth and bone. An x-ray at the right time will show if they need to be removed. You have to wear retainers indefinitely whether the wisdom teeth are present or not in order to maintain the straightness of your teeth.