What is the best age for the initial orthodontic exam?
The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that every child visit
the Orthodontist at age 7. A visit at an even younger age is advisable
if a particular problem has been identified by a parent, family dentist
or child's physician.
2. What is the best age for treatment
Generally, bone or jaw problems are best addressed at an earlier age.
An upper or lower jaw that is growing too much or not enough, is too wide,
too narrow, or crooked can be recognized at an early age. Because children
are growing rapidly, they can benefit enormously from an early phase of
orthodontic/orthopedic treatment. Generally, patients with more ideal
bite relationships and adequate spacing can wait for all the permanent
teeth to erupt before starting orthodontic treatment.
3. What are some of the advantages
of early (phase 1) treatment?
Phase I treatment is generally indicated when there is a skeletal discrepancy.
Certain type of orthodontic appliances including expansion appliances,
headgear and herbst appliances can prevent the later removal of permanent
teeth to correct overcrowding and also prevent certain surgical procedures
to align the upper and lower jaws. Early treatment can also decrease the
time necessary for the 2nd phase (full braces) of treatment. Leaving a
malocclusion untreated until all of the permanent teeth erupt could result
in a jaw discrepancy too severe to allow achievement of an ideal result
with braces alone.
4. Does early treatment eliminate
the need for braces later?
Not generally, but it does greatly reduce the treatment time of the 2nd
phase of treatment and also allows for a much more ideal and esthetic
5. What is the best way to decide
if my child or myself needs orthodontic treatment?
At Prewitt & Prewitt, P.A. we offer a complimentary initial orthodontic
evaluation for children and adolescents. Evaluations for adults are $35.00
and generally last 30 minutes. We make every attempt at this initial evaluation
to explain the patient's orthodontic problems and also all available treatment
6. What is the cost of orthodontic treatment?
Orthodontic treatment fees are based on the complexity and duration of
each individual case.
7. How does one pay for their orthodontic treatment?
At Prewitt & Prewitt, P.A. we have a number of payment plans. Generally
the fee is divided into monthly payments over the duration of treatment.
Orthodontists Fee Plan also offers payment plans with no initial down
payment and the balance being spread over as many 60 months. If you are
interested in OFP you can call 1-800-637-3393 or explore their website
Many patients have orthodontic insurance that we file for them thus reducing
the patient's monthly fees. We also offer a discount for those who elect
to pay their treatment fee in full.
8. Why should I choose treatment at Prewitt
& Prewitt, P.A.?
It is our goal to provide the highest quality of care in the most comfortable
environment. Our team is highly trained and strives to help each patient
the optimal treatment result. We have 3 locations in Fayetteville, North
Carolina that are convenient to most people in the Fayetteville area.
We also have patients that travel as far as Sanford, Dunn, Wilmington,
Hope Mills, and St. Pauls to have treatment with us because of our reputation.
9. Do I need a referral for an orthodontic
Many of our patients are referred by their general dentist. However, just
as many come on the referral of happy patients or hearing our name through
the grape vine. Drs. Rob and Julia Prewitt do their best to make everyone
feel welcome. Call today for an orthodontic evaluation.