New Patient Information
Welcome to Jorgensen Orthodontics. If you are considering orthodontics treatment for you or your family, you probably have a lot of questions. The best way to get answers specific to you and your situation is to come in personally for a no-obligation, no-charge consultation. In the meantime, we hope that the information on our website and our blog helps provide you with answers until we can meet with you in person. Let us know if you have questions!
Frequently Asked Questions by New Patients
Do I need a referral to come in for a consulation?
Nope! Although Dr. Jorgensen is a specialist, he is trained in all aspects of dentistry and will help you determine if you are ready for orthodontic treatmetn at your initial exam. If you need to return to your dentist for any reason, he'll refer you back.
Do you offer payment plans?
Absolutely! Because we are an established practice, we are able to offer some of the most flexible financial arrangements you'll find anywhere. Come in and let us show you have orthodontic treatment can fit into your budget.
Do you take my insurance?
We accept almost every insurance plan available! Our new patient team is one of the most experienced in the business. They are experts at evaluating your insurance benefits so you'll know how your plan will reduce the out-of-pocket cost of your treatment.
What is orthodontics?
Orthodontics, or dentofacial orthopedics, is a specialized branch of dentistry that focuses on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of problems associated with the alignment and function of the teeth, face, and jaws. When most people think about orthodontics they think about braces, but it encompasses so much more!
What is an orthodontist?
An orthodontist is a dental specialist who has received two to three years of additional training and experience. Your orthodontist is able to straighten teeth, correct misaligned jaw structure, and improve the function of your smile.
What's the best age to visit the orthodontist?
If you want to improve the look and feel of your smile, then any age can be a great age to see the orthodontist. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children first visit an orthodontist around the age of seven. However, orthodontic treatment is not exclusive to children and teens, with about one in every five orthodontic patients being over the age of 21. Whether you're considering treatment for yourself, or for a child, any time is a good time to visit the orthodontist.
How can I take care of my teeth if I'm wearing braces or a retainer?
- ALWAYS remember to brush your teeth after every meal and floss at least once a day.
- Make sure to use toothpaste that contains fluoride and ask your orthodontist or family dentist if you need a fluoride rinse. This will help prevent cavities!
- If you take out your retainer to eat, brush your teeth, floss, and remember to keep it safe in its container so that it does not get lost or broken.
- Keep your retainer clean too by brushing it gently with a toothbrush and toothpaste. You may also use denture cleaner every day. Do not put your retainer in boiling water or in the dishwasher.
- During your treatment, try to avoid foods with a lot of sugar (sugar increases the amount of bacteria that grows in your mouth causing more plaque and possibly cavities).
- Avoid sticky and chewy foods (caramel, chewing gum, gummy bears), hard foods (hard candy, nuts, ice cubes) or any foods that could possibly get stuck in your braces (corn on the cob, soft bagels, ribs, taffy, etc).
- Be sure to schedule your routine checkups with your family dentist. It is recommended that you continue to visit the dentist every six months.
What are braces?
Braces are used by your orthodontist to help you improve the look and feel of your smile. There are several different types of braces to choose from, including:
- Clear braces
- Ceramic braces
- Gold braces
- Lingual braces
- Self-ligating braces
- Invisalign Invisible braces
- Traditional metal braces
If I get braces, how long do I have to wear them?
The amount of time spent in braces can vary depending on the individual patient, as every smile responds differently to treatment. Treatment times can take anywhere between 6 and 30 months; however, most standard treatments take about 22 months.
Do braces hurt?
Braces do not often hurt; however, you may feel a small amount of discomfort for a couple days as your teeth, gums, cheeks, and mouth gets used to your new braces.
Do I need to brush my teeth more often if I have braces?
With braces, you should brush your teeth at least three times a day to keep your teeth, gums, and mouth healthy and clean. Brushing regularly will help remove any food that may be caught between the braces. You should also floss daily to get in between your braces where your brush isn't able to reach. Your orthodontist can show you how to properly brush and floss once your braces are placed.
If I have braces, do I still need dental checkups every six months?
Yes! In fact, it's even more important that patients receiving orthodontic treatment visit their dentist regularly. With braces, food may be caught in places that your toothbrush can't reach. This causes bacteria to build up and can lead to cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease. Your dentist will work closely with your orthodontist to make sure that your teeth stay clean and healthy while wearing braces.
Will my braces interfere with my school activities like sports, playing and instrument, or singing?
Playing an instrument or a contact sport may require some adjustment when you first get your braces, but wearing braces will not stop you from participating in any of your school activities. If you play a contact sport, it is recommended that you wear a mouthguard to protect your braces or appliance.
How do I schedule my next appointment?
Call our practice at (505) 891-9440 or request an appointment online through our website! Our front desk staff will be happy to help schedule your next appointment at your convenience. If you are a new patient or have been referred to our practice, please let us know, and we will provide you with all of the information you need.