FAQ
Here we will answer the most frequently asked questions about orthodontic treatment. Click on the question to see the answer.

What is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is that branch of dentistry concerned with straightening the teeth and correcting the bite. Patients wear "braces" on their teeth. For some severe problems in adults, jaw surgery is needed as part of the overall correction.
When to treat?
Orthodontics can be done at any age - yes, we treat adults as well as children. In fact, approximately 20% of our patients are adults. For younger children, we will advise you at the first visit when the best time is to start treatment.

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the first orthodontic assessment visit be when the first or six-year permanent molars and the upper and lower permanent front teeth have made an appearance. Generally this occurs at age 7 or 8, but it is best to see a child for the first time no later than before he or she finishes grade three. Many problems, and consequently many treatments, are growth related.
What happens at the first visit?
Dr. Schipper will perform a clinical examination and then discuss his findings with you. The questions "When to start?", "How long will it take?", "What is involved?" and "How much will it cost?" will all be discussed. We may need to take an x-ray at the first visit so that we can better advise you regarding treatment. Occasionally your family dentist will provide us with x-rays.

It is essential that a parent accompany children under the age of 18 years. As well, the person responsible for the account should be present at the first visit.
What about fees?
Orthodontics treatment consists of the initial consultation, diagnostic record taking, diagnosis and treatment planning, active treatment (straightening) and retention (holding). There is a fee for the initial consultation appointment. A separate fee is charged for the diagnostic records, diagnosis and treatment planning, active treatment and retention. This fee can be paid over a period of time on a monthly basis.

Collingwood Orthodontics has many flexible payment plans and options designed to accommodate to just about every situation. We accept credit cards (VISA, MasterCard), cheques, money orders or cash.
What about insurance?
If you have dental insurance and it includes orthodontic coverage, we will gladly complete the necessary forms for you to submit to the insurance company for re-imbursement. Since there are many different plans available it would be best for you to check the details of your particular plan. If you wish, you can bring any booklets you have to the first appointment and we will be happy to advise you as to whether or not there is coverage and, if so, to what extent. We do not accept assigned payments from insurance companies.
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