We are always excited about meeting new patients during their first visit to our office! Your initial appointment will consist of a thorough examination and a discussion of potential treatment options. This important visit will give us insight into your orthodontic needs.
It is important to have your new patient forms filled out and ready to go before your initial consultation.
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Before braces are placed, patients should visit a dentist for an exam and have any necessary dental work. Patients can then schedule a consultation with Dr. Martin to discuss the need for braces and possible orthodontic treatments completed.
Your orthodontic appointments with Dr. Martin are scheduled to fit your busy lifestyle. Our staff makes every effort to accommodate each patient’s schedule. To help us continue scheduling efficiently, a 24-hour notice is requested to cancel an appointment.
Before each orthodontic appointment patients are encouraged to brush their teeth. Toothbrushes are provided in the office for your convenience.
Treatment may last from 18 to 36 months, though this will vary depending on your individual case. The average orthodontic patient is in treatment 28 months. Appointments are typically scheduled from 6 to 8 weeks intervals. Your cooperation in keeping scheduled orthodontic appointments, maintaining proper oral hygiene and taking care of your braces may allow you to finish your orthodontic treatment in a timely manner or within the estimated time.
Braces are an important investment and we want to make your decision to receive orthodontic care affordable. Dr. Martin office offers complimentary consultations that include an examination, x-rays and a discussion of recommended treatment.
For your convenience, Dr. John Martin offers a variety of flexible payment plans with low monthly payments. Payments are due the 1st of each month, regardless of when appointments are scheduled. Check with our office staff if you have any questions or would like to obtain more specific information.
PAYMENT DUE DATES
All monthly payments are due on the 1st of every month. All late fees will be processed and posted on the 16th of each month.
AUTOMATIC BANK DRAFT
Set up your monthly payment to be automatically drafted on an agreed upon date each month from your checking or savings account. Please provide us with a voided check or deposit slip at your first appointment.
AUTOMATIC CREDIT CARD DEBIT
Monthly payments will automatically be charged to your credit card. We accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover, & American Express. Please provide us with your card information at your first appointment.
We accept and courtesy file most insurances. Please provide us with your insurance information at your first appointment.
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- Set up alerts for payment and appointments
- Make online payments
- Click this link and click on “Register.” Person registering should be the responsible party.
- Enter email address, click “Submit.”
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- Set up a password and choose a security question.
Please contact our office is you have questions or need assistance enrolling.
WHAT TO DO IN CASE OF EMERGENCY
Call our office as soon as possible if you break or loosen any of your appliances. Please do not come directly to the office – by calling us, you will allow us to create a time to see you. Even if you have a regular appointment scheduled, call us immediately to notify us if you need an appliance repaired.
LOOSE BRACKETS OR BANDS
Call our office immediately for advice if a bracket or wire is loosened. The bracket may need to be re-fitted as soon as possible. You may have a situation that requires cutting a wire or sliding a bracket off a wire at night or over the weekend. If you need to cut a wire in case of emergency, you may use fingernail clippers that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol. Please call our office the next business day, so that we may schedule an appointment for you.
Sometimes discomfort caused by a wire on your braces can be resolved by moving the wire away from the irritated area with a cotton swab or eraser. If the wire will not move, try covering the end of it with a small piece of cotton or a small amount of wax. If the wire is painful, you can cut it with nail clippers or scissors that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol. If you cannot resolve the wire irritation, call our office for an appointment.
Most patients lose a separator during their treatment. Do not worry about losing a separator but call our office to see if it needs to be replaced.
WHO SHOULD WEAR BRACES?
Braces may be worn by both children and adults, not only to improve the attractiveness of their smile, but also because braces correct improper alignment of teeth that can lead to gum disease and early tooth loss. Left untreated, crooked teeth with irregular spacing make cleaning harder and allow cavities to more easily develop. Properly aligned teeth also make it easier to chew all types of food, and will eliminate the headaches and pain caused by uneven chewing. Uneven teeth may result in weak enamel, gum problems, and jaw misalignment. Modern technology has resulted in numerous options for braces that will fit your specific lifestyle and will provide you with more comfort during treatment.
What will my braces look like?
Braces are lighter, more comfortable, and more technologically advanced today than ever before. They come in clear and a variety of colors and material choices. Ask the office staff about what options are available. Other appliances include colorful bands, elastics, and retainers.
How will braces straighten my teeth?
Braces exert a gentle pressure on teeth over time to straighten them. The two main components include the braces placed on the teeth and the arch wire that connects them. The brace is a specially-shaped metal or ceramic affixed to each tooth, and the arch wire is bent to reflect the bite that the patient should have after treatment. The wire threads through the braces, and as the wire tries to return to its original shape, it applies pressure to move the teeth.
Are braces uncomfortable?
There have been some fantastic advances made in modern orthodontics over time to make treatment more comfortable and quicker for patients. There are now smaller, smoother braces and gentler wires which provide a continuous small force over a long period of time, rather than a strong force for only a short period of time. Typically, there is some discomfort after the braces are first put on. Over-the-counter pain relievers and a soft foods diet will help alleviate this temporary discomfort.
Will braces affect playing sports?
You should be able to play just about any sport while wearing braces. However, it is recommended that you wear a mouth guard while participating in certain sports.
Why are retainers so important?
Retainers help keep your teeth aligned at the completion of treatment. If they are not worn as instructed, your teeth will move back out of place over time.
How long will my orthodontic treatment last?
Treatment may last anywhere from 18 to 36 months, though this will vary depending on your individual orthodontic needs. Your cooperation in keeping scheduled orthodontic appointments, maintaining proper oral hygiene, and taking care of your braces may allow you to finish your orthodontic treatment earlier than anticipated.
How much does orthodontic treatment cost?
Orthodontic fees depend on the complexity of the orthodontic needs, the age of the patient, and the estimated length of treatment time. Since each patient is different, a visit to the office for a complimentary examination will allow you to get a better idea of the fee. We offer a variety of payment options with low down payments and affordable monthly payments.
How does insurance work?
Please provide us with your insurance information at your first appointment. We accept and file most insurance plans.
I love this place. Very friendly staff that is honest and funny. I know going in to get my braces tightened that at least one good thing shines that day. I have already recommended Dr. John Martin’s practice to anyone who would listen to me. Thank you Dr. Martin and Staff. It will be a sad but happy day when my braces come off.
The staff are very friendly, every time I have an appointment to get my braces tightened it’s a smooth and welcoming experience. I've had my braces for 6 months now and my teeth have already straightened.
Went for a consultation today. The staff was so friendly and personable. I can't wait to recommend them to a friend!