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FAQS

How long does the average treatment take?

Utilizing the newest technologies, we now anticipate total treatment times averaging less than two years from start to finish. Obviously some more demanding cases can take longer and more basic cases can finish sooner.

Does Mashpee Orthodontics take my insurance?

Every patient’s insurance plan is different however, we will do everything possible to help our patients receive due benefits from their association or insurance carrier. We are happy to help verify your benefits and assist you so that you may file and may be reimbursed for any coverage that you have. We are happy to provide patients with appropriate documentation and properly coded forms to help you get the maximum benefits. These forms are also helpful in maximizing flexible spending benefits.These details will be covered by one of our experts at your consultation.

Is orthodontic treatment painful?

Most of our patients tell us that their teeth are sore for the first three days. Simple over-the-counter pain medication usually is all that is needed. In addition, we provide soft wax and silicone to place on any rough areas of your braces to minimize mouth irritations. Warm, salty water is also a good home remedy for oral discomfort.

How often will appointments be?

We average 6-8 weeks between visits. In the beginning of treatment some patients need to be seen quite frequently, others have long (10-12 weeks) intervals between appointments. The closer to the end of treatment a patient gets, the more frequent the visits tend to be. When we factor all visits together we average about 6 weeks between appointments. Our office is conveniently located in Mashpee, MA.

What happens at a typical visit?

Once the patient is seated, the technician reviews the chart to see what is planned for the day’s appointment. The doctor is consulted prior to commencing work, then the necessary procedures are performed. Upon completion of the day’s work, the doctor checks and reviews the work performed and plans the next appointment. All questions are answered and comfort is assured prior to the patient leaving. Most visits end with a review of the day’s work with the accompanying parent.

How long is an average visit in the office?

Most visits are 20-30 minutes in length. Appointments which require the application of any braces can take longer, whether it is the initial visit or during treatment. Most of these brace application visits are performed during the morning hours, as they tend to take longer and require more direct contact between doctor and patient. The initial banding (i.e. the day braces are first placed) usually takes 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

What happens when treatment is complete?

All of our patients enter a one year retention program following completion of fixed orthodontic treatment. Retainers are delivered at the end of treatment, final records are taken and reviewed, and periodic follow up visits are scheduled to assure the beautiful result achieved with braces will last for a life time.

What happens if a patient is not ready for treatment?

We place all patients who are not ready for treatment into our “Kids Club.” It is critical that these patients are seen in our office periodically, in order to take careful measurements of their dental and skeletal development, and to monitor the bite. It is our goal to start any patient treatment only when it is the most opportune time.

What color elastic ties can I choose from?

Many colors! We have collected orthodontic ties with every color of the rainbow, which we make available to our patients. Even those patients with Damon brackets, which do not require ties to hold the wires in place, are given the choice of colors at certain stages of their treatment. Patients with clear braces can place clear ties on their braces or can have colors as well. We like our patients to enjoy their treatment with us and we do what we can to make it fun.

What happens if an appointment is missed or must be canceled?

We request our patients to call us as soon as possible if a change in schedules arises. If the office is closed, you may leave a message to cancel your appointment on our answering machine. You should then call back to reschedule or request the office to call you at your convenience. If appointments are canceled with adequate notice, patients requesting sooner visits can often be accommodated. The sooner an appointment is rescheduled, the sooner a new appointment can be made, which will keep treatment progressing at the rate necessary for a speedy finish. One of the most important causes of extended treatment time is missed appointments. Delaying rescheduling delays progress even further. So, if an appointment must be missed, please call to cancel and reschedule as soon as possible.

What should be done in an emergency situation?

If an orthodontic emergency arises (ex. something cutting or preventing closure of the mouth), call our office number (508) 539-0355. If it is a true orthodontic emergency requiring immediate assistance, instructions for contacting Dr. Nick will be given. Someone will return your call as soon as possible. Obviously, if an emergency is of a life threatening nature, please call 911, or immediately visit the nearest emergency room.

What do I do to get started?

Call us at (508) 539-0355 for a evaluation appointment. When your appointment is made, we will send you a patient health information package (or you can fill one out securely on our web site), which we request that you fill out prior to your visit. When you come for the first appointment, you will be met by our treatment coordinator, who will brief you about the visit. Then complimentary diagnostic records (digital X-Rays and photos) will be taken to evaluate. The doctor will then examine you (or your child) and determine the best course of treatment.