Find Answers to Your Pediatric Dental Questions
Orthodontists and pediatric dentists are dental specialists who have received at least two additional years of full-time training in a residency after graduating from dental school.
This additional training uniquely prepares them to provide you and your children with the best possible care and experience in achieving excellent dental health and appearance.
No! Although we welcome patients referred by their general dentist, you can call us directly and schedule a consultation without a referral. It also does not affect your insurance benefits to schedule directly with us.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends a check-up when the first teeth erupt or at least by age one. At this visit, we'll instruct you on how to care for your child's teeth and what to expect as they grow and develop.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends no later than age seven or when the dentist or parent detects a concern. Dr. Popp can better treat some problems early, but we welcome patients of all ages(including adults!) for an orthodontic evaluation to see how great their smiles can be. And the initial orthodontic consultation is always free.
Every child is unique, so we determine each patient's best treatment options individually. Many children can be treated without any medication if appropriately managed.
Sometimes "laughing gas" can help them relax for dental procedures, and if needed, we can use oral sedation. Hospital dentistry, where the child is "put to sleep," can be utilized if the child can not cooperate with treatment in the office.
We see pediatric patients from newborn to 20 years old.
Usually, between 18 and 20 years old, young adults are ready to see a general dentist for continued dental care.
Insurance payments depend on the specific policy benefits covering the patient. We help you get the most out of any insurance benefits and accept most dental plans at our office.
Rarely does dental or orthodontic insurance pay for 100% of dental treatment, so you will likely have some financial responsibility. We offer several payment options to make your orthodontic treatment affordable.
Orthodontic treatment is usually 1-3 years, with 18 months being the average. We can give you a better idea at a complimentary orthodontic consultation.
The short answer is "as long as you want your teeth to be straight." Like the rest of your body, teeth change with time, and that change is usually to crowd more. However, you can keep the teeth aligned with regular retainer wear.
Every night is ideal for the rest of your life, but many patients maintain good alignment with 4-5 nights per week. Retainers wear out, so you replace them as your orthodontist recommends.