1. Is it required that my family dentist schedule my appointment with the orthodontist?

No, it is not. Many of our patients are referred by their family dentist, yet many other patients take the initiative to schedule an examination themselves.

2. When is the best time to begin orthodontics?

Though orthodontics can begin at any age, there is an optimal time period to begin treatment. Beginning treatment at this time ensures the greatest result and the least amount of time and expense. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the initial check-up should occur no later than age 7. By this early age, several permanent teeth have erupted, allowing us to effectively evaluate.

3. How often are appointments and how long do they last?

Intervals between appointments vary depending on the desired tooth movement at the time. Most appointments will be 4-8 weeks apart. Some will be more often and some will be less often. These appointments usually last between 15-30 minutes if there are no broken wires, appliances, or brackets.

4. What are the benefits of an early orthodontic evaluation?

Early interceptive treatment can prevent more serious bite problems and make treatment time shorter and less complicated.

5. What if we move in the middle of treatment?

Of course, we hate to lose good patients and their families, but we will try to make the transition as smooth as possible for you. Typically when people transfer between orthodontists, there is some delay in treatment progress. To minimize this, we ask that you keep the following information in mind. We ask that you let us know at least one month before you plan on moving. At your final appointment, we will provide you with the name of at least one doctor in the vicinity who is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists. We will also have you sign a form authorizing release of your records. Your account will need to be settled before you leave. Please have your new Orthodontist contact our office so that we can forward your records to them, so he/she can evaluate your case and give you an idea of treatment and cost. We typically pro-rate the account based on a formula common to orthodontists. . We urge you to seek an appointment with the doctor of your choice as soon as possible. He or she will evaluate your case and give you an idea of treatment, timing and cost. 

Adams Orthodontics

  • Valdosta Location - 816 Northwood Park Dr., Valdosta, GA 31602 Phone: 229-247-6960 Fax: 229-247-8870
  • Thomasville Location - 415 East Jackson Street, Thomasville, GA 31792 Phone: 229-247-6960 Fax: 229-247-8870
  • Tifton Location - 1807 Old Ocilla Rd., Tifton, GA 31794 Phone: 229-247-6960 Fax: 229-247-8870

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