Do you charge for the first visit?
Do I need a dentist’s referral?
At what age do you start seeing patients?
How long will the first visit take?
Typically it will only require about 30 minutes of your time for an initial exam and consultation with Dr. Laprade.
Do you accept transfer patients from out of town?
Patients transferring from another city are welcome at Pawtucket Orthodontics. You’ll be considered a new patient, so full diagnostic records will be completed to determine your current condition and proposed treatment.
Are adult patients accepted?
Yes, a growing number of adults are seeking orthodontic care as advancements in technology make treatment more comfortable and convenient.
What’s the difference between an orthodontist and dentist?
Do you offer appointments after school or late in the day?
Certain procedures need to be performed during the hours of 9 and 3, but the majority of patients are able to schedule after school or Saturday morning appointments. Pawtucket Orthodontics strives to work with your schedule and accommodate your needs.
What about emergencies?
You can always contact our normal office phone numbers at any time, and if an emergency occurs outside of our business hours, Dr. Laprade can always be reached on his personal cell phone.
Can we set up a payment plan?
How do you handle insurance?
Do you take credit cards?
What about direct debit?
We can arrange direct debit, charge card posting.
Do you charge interest?
We do not charge our patients any interest when payments are made on time.
Do you offer family discounts?
What is Phase 1 treatment?
What is Phase 2 treatment?
Phase 2 treatment is conventional orthodontic work that begins when most of the baby teeth are lost and the 12-year molars have been assessed or straightened. Typical treatment time for Phase 2 lasts between 2 to 3 years.
How do I know if Phase 1, Phase 2, or both are needed?
Visiting Dr. Laprade by age 7 is the ideal way to learn if either treatment is needed. Roughly 10 percent of young patients receive advantages from Phase 1 treatment, and the remaining patients are placed in our growth and development program as they are monitored.
Dose early intervention really work?
How long do braces take?
Full treatment can typically occur in 2 to 3 years during active tooth movement.
If I require pre-medication for dental visits, should I do that for the orthodontist also?
How do braces work?
Do you use recycled braces?
Are retainers required after braces?
Retainers play an important role after your braces are removed. They should be worn full-time for about 6 months, and then at night indefinitely. It’s a natural part of life for teeth to move, so retainers help ensure your orthodontic results stay the same for life.
What about retainers that are glued behind teeth?
Should wisdom teeth be removed?
When should wisdom teeth be removed?
TEMPOROMANDIBULAR DISORDERS (TMJ):
Can orthodontic treatment treat or cause TMJ problems?
Are there health benefits from wearing braces?
Do enlarged adenoids and allergies affect braces?
Mouth breathing due to enlarged tonsils, adenoids, or allergies can cause your upper and lower jaw to grow further apart and elongate your facial shape during growth. This may result in teeth crowding or open bites.
Does tongue thrust or low tongue posture affect braces?
Similar to the effects of enlarged adenoids, the pressure from your tongue thrusting onto your front teeth can worsen teeth protrusion, spacing issues, and open bites.