Our Office Common Questions

Read our answers to common questions about pediatric dentistry and orthodontics.

How old should my child be for a first dental appointment?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that you bring your little one to the dentist about six months after the first tooth has arrived, or at about one year of age.

As a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist, Dr. Oliver can advise you of any issues, and teach you how to care for your child’s baby teeth. Children who start going to the dentist early have a healthier and friendlier attitude about dentistry. They are also more likely to have a healthy mouth and teeth, and require less treatment in the future. We can advise you of any potential orthodontic issues that may need treatment in the future.

Why should I have regular appointments with the dentist if my child doesn’t have problems?

It is all about prevention. You don’t want your child to develop dental problems that could have been avoided. Keep your child’s teeth and gums healthy by coming to see us every six months. The right preventative care can save you the cost of dental treatment in the future, and is well worth your time.

Why are baby teeth important?

Your child’s baby teeth play a big role in the healthy growth and development of the face. The space held in the jaw by the baby teeth makes the jaw ready for permanent teeth. If there are problems with the baby teeth, such as decay, spacing problems, bite or other issue, early identification of the problem can be important.

Won’t my child be afraid of the dentist?

Children often enjoy their visits to our office. Our many years of working with little ones has given us real skills in handling little people. We invite you to come and find out how we do it. Your child needs a dentist that he or she knows, trusts, and likes. It can make all the difference in how he or she responds. Call us!

At what age can a child get braces?

Actual orthodontic treatment doesn’t begin until the child reaches about the age eight or nine. Phase I starts at this age, with Phase II coming when your child reaches about eleven years old. The earlier we get to work, the better the results can be, as the child’s jaw is softer at this age and teeth can be shifted into place more easily.

What type of braces are best for children?

The answer to this question can involve several factors. First, the age of the child. Some teenagers want invisible braces. The first step is to meet with us so we can determine what will actually get the best result for your child. Every treatment plan must be developed on an individual basis. Cost is also a factor, and we can give you all the facts you need, as well as check out your dental insurance to find out what your plan pays. We make these decisions with you, so connect with us!

How do I choose an orthodontist?

It's a good idea choose an orthodontist based on both specialist training and patient reviews on those procedures. Although many general dentists now offer Invisalign and simpler procedures, they have not undergone the extra training that an orthodontic specialist has.

Dr. Oliver is went through 3 years of schooling in orthodontics and is an expert in moving and straightening teeth. There are several modern treatments available, and not all practitioners are trained on these processes. Dr. Oliver stays ahead of the curve on newly released treatments, including advanced procedures such as Damon Smile and PROPEL Orthodontics, as well as Invisalign®. Get the smile you have always dreamed of with our help!

How long will I have to wear braces?

The treatment time varies, depending upon your treatment plan and the issues that need to be resolved. We have the ability to speed the treatment time up to 60 percent by the use of PROPEL orthodontics. We can discuss your options with you in person in a free initial consultation.

How often will I need an appointment?

Based upon your treatment, you may need to come to see us every four to six weeks. These appointments are short, but we want to know that the treatment is progressing exactly as it should! Some orthodontic treatments require fewer appointments. We work with your schedule so that your appointments are convenient for you.

Will I be able to continue to play sports, or play my instrument?

Certain types of braces are perfect for those who play sports, or play woodwinds or horns. Talk to us about your options if you have concerns! We offer orthodontic treatment plans that will work for you.

Will I need teeth extracted?

Teeth that are extremely crowded may require an extraction. The earlier we look at your situation, the better the solution can be. Certain types of treatments, such as Damon Smile, may allow you to avoid extractions. We work closely with you to determine what will work best for you! If we can avoid extractions, we will.

Will I be able to eat anything I want?

What you are able to eat will be determined by the type of treatment you have. For example, with Invisalign, there is no restriction on eating, as the appliance is removed when you eat. With other types of braces, you may need to be more careful about what foods you consume, and avoid sticky, hard, or chewy foods during your treatment. We’ll explain all your options to you, so you are well-informed!

Is orthodontic treatment expensive?

Treatments vary in price. Generally, it is considered a very good investment, as having straight teeth will help you to avoid dental problems in the future, as well as give you greater self-confidence! We work closely with our patients to come up with financing plans that are affordable. Your dental health is important, and well worth investing in!

Contact Lakes Park today so we can answer your individual questions about the various treatments, costs, and our financing plans. We are here to help you get the smile you dream of! Call now.