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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have some questions about your orthodontic treatment options? Dr. Marissa Mikolich and her team are always here to help. You can also review the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions below. Any time you need to find out more or schedule an appointment, contact us. We do our utmost to make sure patients fully understand their treatment plan, but if we left anything out, don’t hesitate to ask. We want you to feel completely comfortable.

How do braces work?

Traditional braces use a system of brackets and wires to shift teeth into position. Brackets are placed on the front surface of teeth, and wires are tightened to place pressure on the brackets shifting teeth into their ideal position over the course of 18 to 24 months on average.

What is Phase 1 Orthodontics?

Phase 1 is an early intervention treatment for young patients. It helps them develop oral and facial structures that accommodate the ideal positioning and function of teeth. It can include a wide range of procedures and orthodontic appliances as necessary.

Are metal braces my only option?

We offer traditional braces, but we also use the Invisalign alignment tray system. Additionally, we have clear and ceramic braces. These bracket and wire orthodontic systems work just like traditional braces, but they have a much more subtle appearance

Do I have to wear a retainer?

Only if you want your newly straightened teeth to stay put! When teeth shift into their new positions, it takes time for the supportive bone and gum tissues to fully fuse the teeth into their new positions. That’s where retainers come in. Wearing a retainer for a year or more following orthodontic treatment ensures your treatment will last.

What do I do during an orthodontic emergency?

We will give you detailed information on how to care for your smile during orthodontic emergencies. Additionally, you can always contact us if you’re concerned. Our evening and Saturday hours mean we’re often in the office, when you need us.

How does Invisalign work?

Invisalign uses a unique alignment tray system to shift teeth into their ideal positions. Rather than brackets and wires, these clear, plastic aligners snap into place over teeth, placing pressure to move teeth closer to their ideal alignment. Typically, treatment takes between ten and twelve months.

Do you take my insurance?

We are happy to process and file claims for almost any dental insurance provider. Additionally, our office is in-network with many of the most popular benefit plans to ensure you receive the maximum coverage.