Does my family dentist need to schedule my appointment with the orthodontist?
No. While many patients are referred by their family dentist, most hear about us from family, friends and co-workers. Simply call our Overland Park & Olathe office and schedule your complimentary consultation.
What is malocclusion?
Malocclusion is the technical term for an improper or misaligned bite. It can be due to the jaws or the teeth, both of which can be corrected with orthodontic treatment. It can refer to a variety of common issues like overjet teeth, an underbite, crossbite, openbite, crowding or spacing.
At what age should I schedule my child’s first orthodontic screening?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends you schedule your child’s first orthodontic screening at age seven. Typically, we’ll just monitor the child until the time is right for orthodontic treatment. In some cases, early intervention may be necessary. We offer free screenings with complimentary digital panorex and photographs.
Will my teeth straighten out as I grow?
Unfortunately, they won’t. In fact, once the permanent molars erupt around age six, the space for the front teeth starts to decrease. Dr. Moon believes in a conservative, non-extraction treatment approach, so getting your child to the office for a screening at age seven can help us deal with any issues early.
What will I learn from the initial consultation and examination?
At your initial consultation we’ll discuss the following:
- Your diagnosis if there is one and when we recommend starting treatment
- What treatment options will work to correct the problem
- The duration of the treatment
- The cost of treatment
- How your insurance or flexible spending accounts can fit in
- Payment arrangements
- Your questions and concerns
What kind of training does Dr. Moon have?
After receiving his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, Dr. Moon decided to go into dentistry. He obtained an Ivy League dental education at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. He completed a general practice residency in New York City and then practiced general dentistry for several years. He later went on to receive his orthodontic specialty training and master’s degree at the University of Minnesota where he was highly trained in state-of-the-art orthodontic technologies.
Why should I get my teeth straightened?
- Straight teeth are easier to clean, which helps to ward off gum disease and tooth decay.
- When your bite is properly aligned you can chew more easily allowing you to eat a wide variety of foods to get all of the necessary nutrients.
- Malocclusion can affect your speech.
- Tooth loss can result from the wear and damage to the gums and bones caused by an irregular bite.
- When teeth stick out they’re more susceptible to injury.
- Issues like a crossbite can create negative changes in skeletal growth that require surgery to fix.
What happens if I postpone treatment?
Catching problems early can help to avoid surgery or the extraction of teeth later in life and they’ll be easier to fix. However, it’s never too late to receive orthodontic treatment.
Am I too old for braces?
No way! A healthy smile is perfect for patients of all ages. In fact, adults tend to be the best candidates for clear braces and Invisalign.
How much will treatment cost?
This is by far the most frequently asked question and, unfortunately, there isn’t a number we can throw out there because the final cost depends on several factors including the length of treatment, the type of braces or appliances you opt for and how complex your case is.
At Moon Orthodontics we’re always up front about the cost and we’ll discuss everything with you at your consultation. There will never be any hidden fees or surprises. We believe in making high-quality orthodontic treatment affordable and we offer a variety of payment options and will even handle your dental insurance claims on your behalf.
What are the advantages of Invisalign?
Some people feel a little self-conscious when wearing braces. This isn’t an issue with Invisalign. The aligners are virtually invisible so no one will even be able to tell you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment unless they’re looking really closely. Also, Invisalign is extremely comfortable and convenient. You can take out the aligners to eat and brush and floss your teeth, meaning no stains and no food restrictions.
How do I know if my case can be treated with Invisalign?
Invisalign can treat most of the common braces cases including underbites, overjet teeth, crossbites, crowding and spacing. However, every mouth is different and some patients respond better to other treatments. When you come in for your complimentary consultation, Dr. Moon will determine if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign.
What happens when I get my braces on?
Some patients are a little intimidated by the idea of getting braces put on but it’s actually painless and relatively simple. Dr. Moon will take you through the process step-by-step at your consultation to ease any lingering fears.
The procedure takes about 45 minutes to an hour. We kick it off by cleaning your teeth and then drying them. We’ll apply an adhesive to your teeth and attach the brackets. We’ll then place the arch wire and secure it with elastics (unless you’re getting Damon braces, which don’t require elastics).
What happens when I get my braces taken off?
Dr. Moon will use special pliers to remove all of the brackets – while that sounds scary, it’s completely pain-free – and then scrape and clean the adhesive off your teeth before polishing and cleaning them. That’s it. You’ll be braces-free and ready to show off that perfect smile!
Why do I need to wear my retainer?
Wearing a retainer is the only way to keep your teeth straight permanently. It will hold your teeth in their new places so that they’ll stay put. If you don’t wear it, they’ll shift back to where they were before you had braces. Dr. Moon will give you directions on how to wear you retainer.