FAQ

Orthodontic Frequently Asked Questions

General Dentistry

Do you see children?

Yes! Kids are welcome. Often you can schedule yourself and your child at the same time for a cleaning and an exam. Little smiles are very important and we are happy to see your children as young as 3. It is often a good idea for kids to watch you have your teeth cleaned. Then when it is their turn, they are more comfortable.

How do implants work?

A team approach is scheduled and coordinated by the general dentist. The root portion of the implant is placed first and allowed sufficient time to heal. Then the tooth portion is placed. A surgeon places the root portion and a dentist places the tooth portion.

I’m embarrassed of my teeth can you help?

Yes! There is no need to feel embarrassed of your teeth. We are here to help- all you have to do is call. We can help with crooked teeth, gaps, stains, yellow teeth, cracks, tooth loss, and much more. We will give you options to achieve a confident smile.

Invisalign

At Severns Dentistry & Orthodontics, we get many questions from patients about Invisalign treatment. If you are considering Invisalign treatment to achieve the smile of your dreams, look at some of our most common patient questions to learn more about the treatment.

Are there food restrictions while wearing Invisalign?

No. Since you can remove your aligners to eat and drink, you do not have to restrict yourself from foods such as popcorn, like you would with traditional braces.

How do I take care of my aligners?

To care for your aligners, you can use the Invisalign Cleaning System, or you can brush them with a toothbrush and toothpaste, then rinse them with lukewarm water. Hot water should be avoided because it can warp the plastic and ruin the aligner.

You also want to make sure you brush your teeth after every meal before putting your aligners back in your mouth.

How does Invisalign® treatment work?

Invisalign treatment is a process where you wear a series of clear, removable aligners that work to gradually straighten your teeth. You will not have the discomfort of brackets or wires and will not have the same restrictions that metal braces come with.

How much does Invisalign treatment cost, and what are the payment options?

Invisalign treatment costs are similar to the cost of traditional metal braces. Your dentist will determine your treatment cost, which will depend on the complexity of your case and how many aligners you will need.

Many insurance policies cover Invisalign the same way they provide coverage for metal braces. Check with your insurance provider to see if they cover a certain percentage of your treatment or a certain dollar amount.

What if I’ve had braces or other types of dental work?

If you have had your braces removed and experience shifting in your teeth, Invisalign can likely be used to fix this issue. If you have veneers or crowns, you may be able to use Invisalign, but you will need to discuss it with your dentist first. If you’ve had bridgework, which connects two or more teeth, Invisalign may not be an option since it is designed to move each tooth individually.

What is the treatment process?

You start the Invisalign process with a consultation with our Invisalign-trained dentist. We will evaluate your smile, using this information to map out an accurate, customized digital treatment plan that will demonstrate the step-by-step process of how Invisalign will transform your smile.

After you approve the plan presented to you, your custom aligners are created. Each set of clear aligners will need to be worn for 20 to 22 hours a day. You will change your aligners to a new set every 1 to 2 weeks or as directed by your doctor. Each set of aligners works to gradually shift your teeth into place to match your treatment plan.

What should I do if I lose or break an aligner?

If you lose or break an aligner, contact your doctor immediately so they can give your recommendations for keeping your treatment on track, such as wearing a previous set of aligners or your next set. You may also need to wait for replacement aligners to be ordered.

Who is a candidate for Invisalign treatment?

Invisalign can be used by both teens and adults who are looking for an alternative to metal braces. With Invisalign, nearly all simple to complex bite issues and teeth-straightening issues can be treated. With the discreet blue dot on the outside of the teen aligners, it is easy for parents to make sure their child is wearing the aligners long enough each day. An exam with your dentist is the best way to determine if you are a candidate for this treatment.

Payments

Do you accept payment plans?

Yes! We use Care Credit to help you finance your treatment.
Also, we offer in-house financing for braces and Invisalign that we can discuss at your consultation appointment.

Do you take insurance?

Yes! We are happy to accept many PPO insurance plans including
Aetna, Cigna, Delta, Guardian, Metlife, United Concordia, UPMC, etc..
Please call us with your insurance information.

We provide emergency care for unexpected issues that require immediate attention and have evening appointments available for your convenience.

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When you come to our office for your dental care, we treat you like a member of our family. Our staff will spend time with each patient and listen to your concerns. We pride ourselves on having a relaxed office atmosphere where you’ll feel at home. Call or contact us today for dental care that creates a beautiful, healthy smile!