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Treatment Questions

Dr. Jeff Talks Ortho! Our videos are to-the-point and full of information most patients are curious about!

Am I Too Old? 0:47

Think you’re too old for orthodontic care? Find out if how old is too old!

Do We Pull Teeth? 0:23

We almost never have to pull teeth! Dr. Jeff explains why we rarely need to extract teeth at our office.

Two Sets Of Braces?! 1:07

Dr. Jeff explains common misconceptions about two-phase treatment.

At What Age Should My Child Visit Dr. Jeff? 0:53

Dr. Jeff talks about at what age a child should see an orthodontist and why it’s so important.

Do We Need A Dentist Referal To Get A Consult? 0:33

Dr. Jeff talks about how and why you don’t need a dental referral to see an orthodontist.

Why Chose An Orthodontist? Can’t Dentists do this? 0:55

Dr. Jeff talks about the common misconceptions that all orthodontic providers are the same.

Why should you choose an orthodontic specialist?

Teeth, and sometimes entire facial structures, are permanently changed by orthodontic treatment.

It is important that the treatment be appropriate and properly completed. Orthodontic specialists have extensive and specialized training that enables them to provide their patients with professional, personalized treatments.

Do I need to see my dentist while in braces?

Yes! Regular checkups with your family dentist are important while in braces.

Your family dentist will determine the intervals between cleaning appointments while you are in braces.

At what age should I schedule an orthodontic appointment?

The American Association 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 child need full braces if he/she has Phase One treatment?

It is best to assume that your child will need full braces even after Phase One treatment.

The period following Phase One treatment is called the “resting period,” during which growth and tooth eruption are closely monitored. Throughout this period, parents and patients will be kept informed of future treatment recommendations.

Will my teeth straighten out as they grow?

No, they will not.

The space available for the front teeth does not increase as you grow. In most people, after the permanent molars erupt, the space available for the front teeth decreases with age.

What will happen at the initial examination appointment?

Take a look at our page about “What to Expect” from us.

Upon arriving, you will be welcomed by our front desk and checked in for your appointment. You will meet with one of our wonderful treatment coordinators who will take the necessary photographs and X-rays to allow us to make a proper diagnosis. Our doctors will do a comprehensive evaluation of your situation and make a recommendation specific to your needs. We understand your time is precious and that’s why,  if you are ready, we would be happy to make every effort to get you started right away so we can save you a trip back.

What will I learn from the initial examination?

There are five essential questions that we will cover during the initial examination:

· Is there an orthodontic problem, and if so, what is it?
· What must be done to correct the problem?
· Will any teeth need to be removed?
· How long will the treatment take to complete?
· How much will the treatment cost?

Is it too late to have braces if I am already an adult?

A surprising percentage of our patients are adults.

In fact, 25 percent of all orthodontic patients are adults. Health, happiness and self-esteem are vitally important to adults. No patient is “too old” to wear braces!

Do you recycle braces?

Absolutely not! It is our belief that each patient should be provided with their own braces to achieve the best orthodontic result possible. Additionally, that’s just gross.

Are there foods I cannot eat while in braces?

We don’t have a list of foods you can no longer eat. 

Our recommendation is to avoid things that are very hard and very sticky. We trust you to use your best judgment! You can minimize extra trips to the office by following this guideline.

Can I schedule an appointment if my braces are poking me?

If your braces are causing discomfort or if something breaks, you should call our office.

In most cases, we can address these issues over the telephone. If you require a repair or comfort appointment, we have time set aside in the schedule for you.

Do I need a referral from my dentist to schedule my appointment?

No, a referral is not required!

Many of our patients are referred by their family dentist, yet many other patients take the initiative to schedule an examination themselves. A referral is not required for you to be seen so let us know if you ever have any questions about your teeth or your child’s teeth. 

Can orthodontic correction occur while a child has baby teeth?

Yes. Some orthodontic problems are significant enough to require early intervention.

However, if a patient is not yet ready for treatment, we will follow that patient’s growth and development until the time is right for treatment to begin.

What is Phase One (early) Treatment?

Phase One treatment, if necessary, is usually initiated on children between the ages of 7 and 10.

Phase One treatment usually lasts about 10-12 months. The primary objective for Phase One treatment is to address significant problems to prevent them from becoming more severe and to improve self-esteem and self-image.

How do I schedule an appointment for an initial exam?

If you or your child can potentially benefit from orthodontic treatment, simply call our office, send us an e-mail or fill out or appointment request form online.

We will be happy to schedule an appointment for you. When you call to schedule your appointment, our front office staff will request some basic information from you.

Will I need to have teeth extracted for braces?

Dr. Jeff has revolutionized early treatment. Part of that involves rarely extracting permanent teeth.

Less than 1% of our patients have to have permanent teeth extracted. However, removing teeth is sometimes required to achieve the best orthodontic result. Straight teeth and a balanced facial profile are the goal of orthodontics. Through the experience of our doctors and the technology we use, removing teeth is seldom necessary for orthodontic treatment in our office.

How long will I be in braces?

Treatment time obviously depends on each patient’s specific orthodontic needs.

In general, treatment time lasts from 6 months to 30 months and varies based on individual treatment complexity, needs and personal treatment goals.

How often will I have appointments?

Appointments are scheduled according to each patient’s needs.

Most patients in braces will be seen every 8 to 10 weeks. If there are specific situations that require more frequent monitoring, we will schedule appointments accordingly.

Can I schedule all of my appointments after school?

Unfortunately, we cannot schedule all appointments for students during after-school hours.

However, because most appointments are scheduled 5 to 10 weeks apart, most patients will miss minimal school due to their orthodontic treatments. We will, however, make a sincere effort to meet your scheduling needs.

Can I drop my child off for an appointment?

Yes. We understand your busy schedule, and we are happy to help you make the most of your time.

On some occasions, we may request to speak with a parent when they return, so we ask that parents check in with their patient manager before dropping off their child.

Financing Questions

Treatment is more than braces. Financing is a big part of that. We want to create flexibility with our financing terms.

How Much Do Braces Cost? 0:38

Dr. Jeff talks about how much braces cost in Central Connecticut as well as at Kozlowski Orthodontics.

How Does Financing Work? 1:15

Dr. Jeff talks about our unique orthodontic financing options at Kozlowski Orthodontics.

Our Flexible Financing  1:07

Dr. Jeff explains common misconceptions about two-phase treatment.

Will my dental insurance cover braces?

Many dental insurance plans contribute to the cost of orthodontics including Invisalign and Clear Braces. On dental plans that have an insurance benefit the average contribution is about $1000. Insurance coverage varies depending on your employer and the plan coverage they have negotiated with your dental insurance provider. At your first appointment, we can show you what you insurance coverage will be.

What about Financing?

Some of our patients choose to pay in full for orthodontic treatment, and can receive a small discount. However, most patients choose to finance their orthodontic treatment over the course of several months or even years.

We have lots of patients who are in braces or Invisalign for only 12 months that are able to finance their treatment over 36 months! We can customize a solution for your financial needs.

Will my FSA/HSA cover orthodontic treatment?

Orthodontic treatment almost always qualifies for FSA/HSA reimbursement. If your employer offers an FSA/HSA, let us know and we will help you understand your options.

Are there any hidden fees?

No. The price you pay for your orthodontic treatment covers everything we do to complete your treatment including your initial set of retainers once treatment is complete. We also have options for backup retainers that you can build into your comprehensive treatment plan.

What is OrthoFi?

OrthoFi is a reputable company we partner with to allow flexible financing terms. Don’t worry, this is nothing like a car loan or a mortgage. Kozlowski Orthodontics uses OrthoFi simply because they allow us to offer you customizable terms that you set. Not us.

Do your braces cost more than traditional braces?

No. We do not charge more to use the latest orthodontic technology. Because we can complete your treatment in fewer visits with the Damon System, your cost is the same.