The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that an initial orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age 7. At this early age, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but the best time to begin treatment can be anticipated at this point. By age 7, the first adult molars erupt, establishing the back bite. During this time, Dr. Schulten can evaluate the front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships. For example, the presence of erupting incisors can indicate possible overbite, open bite, crowding or gummy smiles. Timely screening increases the chances for an incredible smile.
Recognize any of these early warning signs? It might be time to schedule an orthodontic evaluation.
Your first visit to our office is a free orthodontic consultation. This visit includes diagnostic records which consist of digital x-rays, photographs and sometimes impressions. Dr. Schulten will evaluate your individual orthodontic needs and answer any questions you may have regarding your diagnosis and treatment options. We will cover insurance benefits and financial options including an interest free monthly payment plan. Finally, for those ready to begin treatment we will coordinate the necessary appointments to get you on your way to a beautiful smile.
Interceptive treatment is orthodontic treatment for children who still have their primary teeth or are in transitional dentition (a mix of primary and permanent teeth). The most common uses of interceptive treatment are:
Comprehensive treatment refers to the treatment of both the upper and lower teeth and sometimes consists of multiple phases and appliances. We have three options when it comes to comprehensive treatment:
Orthodontics isn't just for kids anymore. Currently 20% of people in treatment are adults. With healthy gums and bone support, teeth can be moved at any age and today's technology makes it easier, more comfortable, and less noticeable than ever!
No, it's not. Many of our patients have been referred to us by their family dentist, however many patients take the initiative to schedule an examination themselves.At what age should I schedule an appointment to see the orthodontist?
The American Academy of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic screening at age 7. By this age, several permanent teeth in most children have erupted, allowing us to effectively evaluate your orthodontic condition.Will my teeth straighten out as they grow?
Generally not. Sometimes spacing of the upper front teeth improves as the canine teeth erupt, but if the teeth are crowded they usually get even worse with age.What information do I need to schedule an appointment for an initial exam?
When you call our office, our staff will be happy to schedule your free initial consultation. You will be asked some basic questions to start your patient profile. You will also be asked if you have orthodontic benefits attached to your insurance plan, so it may be helpful to have your insurance card handy when you call. If you are not sure about your orthodontic coverage our staff will be happy to assist you by calling the insurance company for you.What will happen at the first appointment?
At your first visit, you will be seen by both the staff and by Dr. Schulten. The staff will show you around the office and take any necessary x-rays and photos needed for a proper diagnosis. Dr. Schulten will then complete a brief, but thorough, exam. He will then discuss with you the diagnosis and treatment plan. If orthodontic treatment is recommended, a staff member will discuss the treatment fees with you as well as our payment options and any insurance benefits you may have. We allow an hour for each new patient exam in order to make sure all of your questions and concerns can be properly addressed.How often will I have an appointment?
Appointments are scheduled on an individual basis. Most patients in braces will be seen every 5 to 8 weeks. If there is a specific situation that requires more frequent monitoring, we will schedule appointments accordingly.Can all of my appointments be scheduled after school?
Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate all of our students during the after-school hours. Sometimes longer appointments are necessary and may need to be scheduled in the mornings. We do this because these longer appointments often require more 1-on-1 time with Dr. Schulten and we want to accommodate as many people as possible during the after school hours. However, because most appointments are scheduled 5 to 8 weeks in advance, most patients will miss minimal amounts of school and will have time to plan accordingly. We will, however, make a sincere effort to meet your scheduling needs.Do I still need to see my family dentist while in braces?
Yes, you will need to have a regular cleaning and exam every six months with your family dentist.
At Schulten Orthodontics, we are committed to providing our patients with the highest quality orthodontic treatment in a friendly, caring, and professional atmosphere. We believe that your decision to have orthodontic care will be one of the best you will ever make. We look forward to meeting you and introducing you to our office and staff.
We strive to use the most state-of-the-art technology to ensure you receive optimum results. Some of our latest innovative technologies we utilize include:
We recommend that a child receive their first orthodontic screening no later than age 8. Phase I interceptive treatment proves beneficial for preventing/correcting potentially severe problems such as:
It’s never too late to receive the smile you’ve always wanted. A large number of our patients are adults. Dr. Schulten is highly skilled in treating adult orthodontic problems, ranging from minor tooth movement to very complex issues. We offer a full range of services including:
We offer a variety of payment options to meet your needs, including:
Adults and kids alike will have lots of fun with our office:
During orthodontic treatment you will typically see us every 4-10 weeks. Some of these appointments will inevitably conflict with work or school schedules. Our goal is to minimize these inconveniences as much as possible. In order to achieve this goal, we have established the following scheduling guidelines:
The adjustment appointment is a shorter appointment, usually 20-40 minutes long. Most of our patients schedule at various times throughout the day, however we do reserve the after school hours for this type of appointment in order to maximize the number of patients that can be seen after school hours. These appointments will occasionally occur during work or school hours and we are happy to provide you with an excuse slip.
Appointments over 40 minutes and appointments that require impressions of the teeth to be taken are scheduled in the morning and early afternoon, prior to 3:00. This allows us to maximize the number of patients we can accommodate after school and work hours. We are happy to provide you with an excuse slip to give school or your employer upon returning.
We provide our patient with a printed appointment slip when scheduling the next appointment before leaving the office. We also send email/text reminders 2 days and 1 hour before appointments. Please keep us current with your phone numbers and email addresses.
True orthodontic emergencies are rare, and most problems such as broken wires or loose brackets can be handled by scheduling a repair appointment, many problems can be addressed at your next appointment. Please contact us with the nature of your problem so we can guide you in an appropriate action and make you comfortable as quickly as possible. Also, please visit the “Life With Braces” tab above to see if a temporary solution is available at home.
Invisalign is the clear way to straighten teeth without braces, using aligners. Aligners are removable and virtually invisible, which means you can straighten your teeth without everyone noticing; and you can still eat and drink what you want. Also, you can brush and floss normally to maintain healthy gums and teeth; there are no metal wires or brackets to cause mouth abrasions. Invisalign is custom-made for your comfort.
If you are interested in decreasing your treatment time, ask if Propel is right for you.
We are excited to offer PROPEL technology in our practice. PROPEL works with the patient’s own biology by stimulating the bone surrounding the teeth, allowing the teeth to move faster and more predictably into their ideal position. This means less time in treatment and fewer appointment visits for patients in either traditional braces or Invisalign.
The PROPEL System used a procedure called Alveocentesis to make invisalign and traditional braces more efficient. Alveocentesis is used to accelerate the stimulation of bone production and repair in the upper and lower jaw. In order to accomplish this, Dr. Schulten will make micro-invasive “dimples” in strategic areas of the upper and/or lower jaw, allowing the teeth to shift and tissue to heal faster than they ever could with orthodontic treatment alone. PROPEL is completed chair-side in minutes by Dr. Schulten and yields little to no discomfort to the patient. There is zero recovery time and the patients are able to return to their normal daily routine immediately.
With PROPEL Orthodontics, Dr. Schulten can help: