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Frequently Asked Questions?
If you are considering orthodontic care, you probably have questions. Here is a list of the most frequently asked questions with answers. Please keep in mind that each patient's treatment plan is unique. For more in depth information please contact Burns Orthodontics for a full evaluation.

How do I know if I need braces?

A person’s teeth or jaws not fitting together properly, it is known as a malocclusion or “bad bite”. Orthodontic treatment may be necessary to prevent premature wear of teeth, speech difficulty, and decrease the risk of injury to teeth or jaw joints. Or, if you have been told that you suffer from any of the following:
  • Under-bite
  • Spacing
  • Protrusion
  • Crowding
  • Cross-bite
  • Over-bite
  • Open-bite
  • Dental Midline Discrepency
How can braces help me?

When teeth are aligned and straight they function properly and are easy to clean, which allows them to last longer.
Do I need a referral from my dentist?

Often, a dentist recommends a patient to the practice but patient’s may call and schedule a consultation without a referral.
How is an orthodontist different from a dentist?

An Orthodontist is a dental specialist in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of orthodontic problems. This individual has completed a minimum of two academic years of study in an accredited orthodontic residency program.
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Is there a charge for an initial consultation?

No. All initial consultations are free.
How long will my treatment take?

Once the evaluation has occurred, Dr. Burns will be able to give you an estimated treatment time. Typically, most cases take between 12 to 24 months to complete.
What is adult orthodontic treatment?

You are never too old to have a great looking smile. Adult orthodontic treatment involves treating patients over the age of 18. There are many options available. Adults can benefit from orthodontic treatment by straightening their teeth and correcting bite issues. The orthodontic treatment can enhance the patient’s facial appearance and help protect their teeth for life; thus preserving them.
Do you offer Invisalign®?

Yes, we offer this product. For some patients it is a great way to achieve a beautiful smile that is less obvious than conventional braces.
What is cosmetic orthodontics?

Braces are used to correct small gaps, align teeth, and perfect your smile. It allows your smile to be at its very best.
What are first phase braces?

First phase braces are typically for children under the age of 11, who suffer from a lack of space for their adult teeth to descend. The patient will utilize a first phase orthodontic treatment to create space for their permanent teeth. Another instance in which a first phase may be necessary is to intercept unfavorable growth patterns and prevent further jaw disharmonies.
Do I continue to see my dentist while receiving orthodontic care?

Yes, it is recommended that you continue to see your dentist every 6 months for a regular check-up and cleaning. The dentist and the orthodontist perform different functions in effectively providing you with optimal oral health care. Both are needed to achieve this goal.
Will you coordinate care with my dentist?

Yes. Dr. Burns is an advocate for continuity of care and communicates with your dentist while you are in care with Burns Orthodontics.
Is there a lot of pain?

Some discomfort is common at various points in the treatment process but does not usually interfere with your activities of daily living. Typically, over-the-counter pain relief medications combined with a gum numbing agent are sufficient to ease the discomfort.
What if I need oral surgery?

Dr. Burns is an expert in working with oral surgeons.
What can I eat or not eat?

Avoid any foods that are sticky, gooey, crunchy, or chewy.
How do I take care of my braces?

You will be provided with a home care kit called the “Braces Survival Kit” and complete home care instructions from a member of the Burns Orthodontics team.
Are their convenient appointment times?

Yes, we have three office locations. Appointment times are available before and after school or work.
Do you accept insurance?

Most insurance plans are accepted. Please contact one of our offices to verify your particular plan or bring your card to your initial consultation. We will help you to make the most of your benefits and to file claims on your behalf.
Are there payment plans?

Yes, we offer flexible and extended payment plans. Our goal is to make every reasonable attempt to make orthodontic treatment available to all patients.