What creates orthodontic problems?
The vast majority of orthodontic problems are inherited. Orthodontic problems related to the teeth include crowding, extra teeth, missing teeth, impacted teeth and cleft palate. Bite problems related to the jaws come in many varieties, and include overbites and underbites, and other irregularities as well.
Orthodontic problems can also be acquired by unfavorable patterns or habits that adversely reshape the mouth or the position of teeth. Acquired problems can include thumb or finger sucking, tongue thrusting, mouth breathing caused by enlarged tonsils or adenoids, as well as accidents related to the face and teeth, dental disease (such as cavities) and premature loss of primary or permanent teeth.
Whether inherited or acquired, many of these problems can affect facial appearance. Of course, this can influence the way we feel about our smiles and ourselves. Orthodontic specialists, by working together with family dentists, patients and their families, can correct these problems to create beautiful, long-lasting smiles.
The Value of a Beautiful Smile
Research shows that when all the components of the face are considered, the smile is often the most noticed feature. Our smile is a focus of attention because we consistently communicate and express our feelings through it.
We are all very aware of how our teeth look - sometimes even unconsciously. Some individuals are so self-conscious, they've become experts at hiding their smiles. They may sport a shy grin, look away, or even cover their smile with one or both hands. Some people are so concerned about the appearance of their mouth, that they simply won't let themselves smile at all.
Orthodontic treatment is a proven method of improving appearance and self-esteem, as well as improving the health and function of smiles. Dr. Virgulti has witnessed thousands of children and adults blossom as their smiles improved from self-conscious to self-confident.
What can I expect during my first visit?
Your orthodontic needs will be determined during your initial consultation. This first visit usually takes about 60 minutes, and is free of charge. At this time we will discuss your orthodontic problems and the treatment needed to correct them. We'll also provide a treatment fee or fee range, length of treatment, and other important information.
At this visit we will also conduct a thorough diagnostic exam, including an X-ray and digital photographs. These records will help us determine all treatment options so that you can make a decision that best fits your individual needs.
To best fit your individual needs, we offer several payment options. We currently accept payment by personal check, cash or credit card (MasterCard and Visa). For your convenience, we offer pre-authorized, automatic payment using your credit card.
What about Insurance?
We'll make the complicated insurance process easy for you! As a convenience to you, our office will submit charges for services to your insurance carrier. However, we consider the patient primarily responsible for the account. No insurance company attempts to cover total fees for dental and orthodontic services. Rather, insurance is designed to help reduce "out of pocket" expenses for professional care.