Most people get braces to increase their self-confidence through a beautiful smile. At the same time, our goal is to make you as comfortable as possible during your treatment.
How Orthodontic Treatment Works
In general, orthodontic appliances are made of metal, ceramic, or plastic. Depending on your treatment plan, these appliances are either removable or bonded directly to your teeth. Then, by placing a constant, gentle force in a precise direction, we are able to move your teeth to the corrected position.
Orthodontic technology has improved enormously over the last two decades. We no longer place metal bands around each tooth. Today we are able to shorten treatment times, use clear appliances, and develop custom treatment plans based on the latest imaging technology. All these advents increase your comfort and decrease your treatment time.
Duration of Treatment
Depending on the age of the patient, growth of the patient’s mouth and severity of the problem, treatment times can range from one to three years. Every patient is different, so each treatment will be customized to your particular needs and, as a result, treatment times can vary from patient to patient. Patients can achieve the shortest treatment times by following the prescribed treatment plan and using rubber bands as recommended by the doctor. Interceptive, or early treatment procedures, may take as few as six months.
The Master Club
A fun and exciting new program customized just for our patients in the observation stage of treatment.
The observation stage is a very important part of your orthodontic treatment plan. By monitoring your teeth and jaw growth, Dr. Dischinger and his team can plan for your future orthodontic needs. Timing of your orthodontic treatment is critical and attending your regular office visits during this phase ensure the appropriate start of your treatment.
Now that you are a member of the Master Club, you will visit our office every 4-6 months. The club allows you really cool benefits that include:
- Tee Off Masters Club lanyard & membership card.
- Fairway Wear A Masters Club t-shirt.
- Pitch Shot An individualized report from Dr. Bill that displays the baby teeth that you’ve lost.
- Birdie/Eagle/Bogey Exclusive access to the Masters Club link on www.dischingerteam.com-play games, enter contests, and more.
- Fore! Be our guest at our annual movie party
- The 19th Hole Special recognition when you graduate from the club and begin treatment.
Points can be redeemed for great prizes!
Click on card to enter into our Patient Rewards Hub. Enter your 16-digit membership number or username on the back of your card and your 4-digit password and enter into the awesome world of fun at Dischinger Orthodontics Patient Rewards Hub!
Here are the few ways you can earn rewards …
- Great oral hygiene
- Seeing your Dentist regularly
- Referring friends
- Being on time
- Being a great student
- And Much, Much More!
Dental Care Policy
General dental care and checkups are the responsibility of the patient. We recommend that you see your dentist every six months during active orthodontic therapy.
Extra Charges Policy
Our fee includes only the procedures performed in this office. It does not cover other dental needs provided by other offices (fillings, cleanings, extractions, x-rays, oral surgery, etc).
Periapical x-rays of the upper four front teeth will be requested at your dental checkup to monitor root length. This will be an additional charge to you at your general dental office.
If an appliance or retainer is lost, there will be an additional charge for its replacement. If an appliance is broken because of misuse or abuse, there will be an additional charge.
Treatment Cooperation Policy
Successful treatment is dependent upon the following:
- Keeping appointments as scheduled. Broken appointments interrupt treatment progress and prolong treatment.
- Care of appliances: broken, lost, or distorted appliances add to treatment time.
- Patient cooperation.
- Oral hygiene.
- Our services will be discontinued for lack of cooperation.
Appointments are scheduled at different intervals depending upon treatment needs. Most of our patients are school age children or working adults and some appointments must be scheduled during school or work hours. However, we try to accommodate each patient’s individual needs.
Should it be necessary to change an appointment, please call the office as soon as possible. Because appointments are scheduled several weeks in advance, we ask that you give us at least 24 hours cancellation notice.
- A monthly payment is simply a convenient way to spread out the cost of orthodontic treatment, therefore, it is due even if there is not an appointment during the month. The number of appointments have no bearing on the fee for services rendered.
- We take Visa, Discover, and Mastercard. You may phone in your payments if you like, or we can schedule them automatically once per month for you on your credit card. For your convenience, we also work with CareCredit and ORTHOFI Patient Financing.
- Your payment is due in our office on or before the date that you choose on your Financial Agreement (contract). If necessary, your due date can be changed. A $20.00 late fee will be charged on all payments which are ten days past due.
- Failure to adhere to the financial arrangement may be cause for treatment to be put on hold or discontinued.
- Any financial agreement is the responsibility of the custodial parent.
- Your insurance claim will be filed as a courtesy for you. Orthodontic insurance is paid over the course of treatment, not all at the start. We can make no guarantee of any estimated coverage, but will do our best to see to it that you receive your maximum benefits.
- Please remember, your policy is an agreement between you and your insurance company, not between your insurance company and our office.
- Our office will be responsible for the monthly/quarterly filing of insurance statements and the follow-through on payments.
- If your coverage or carrier changes, please be sure to notify our insurance secretary.
- If coverage decreases in any way, the unpaid balance will be transferred back to the patient’s account and will be the responsibility of the patient.