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Ask the Orthodontics Experts

Whether you’re an adult seeking to improve your smile or a parent exploring options for your child, navigating the world of braces and Invisalign can be both exciting and filled with questions. Dr. Karen Conn and Dr. Ross Segal, the award-winning and nationally-recognized Board-certified orthodontists from Bryn Mawr Orthodontics, provide the “straight” answers to your questions.

How do I know if I (or my child) need orthodontic treatment?

Common signs that may indicate the need for orthodontic treatment include crowded or crooked teeth, gaps between teeth, difficulty chewing or biting, mouth breathing, thumb sucking, and early or late loss of baby teeth. Beyond the health benefits, many patients come to us because they simply “don’t like” their smile.

What age is ideal for a child to start orthodontic treatment?

The ideal age for starting orthodontic treatment can vary, but the American Association of Orthodontists recommends an initial orthodontic evaluation around age 7.

Is it ever too late for an adult to get orthodontic treatment?

No, it is never too late to get orthodontic treatment – we’ve treated kids, parents, and grandparents.  Many adults today are seeking orthodontic treatment to improve their oral health, correct their bite, enhance their appearance, and boost their confidence. In fact, adults make up half of our patient base.

How long is orthodontic treatment and is there any way to speed it up?

The duration of orthodontic treatment varies depending on the complexity of the case and the type of treatment.  The average treatment time in a modern, technologically advanced office is usually around 12-18 months.  Patients who are compliant with treatment guidelines achieve timely and successful outcomes.

Certain patients are candidates for new technologies that can speed up treatment.  For example, in our office, we offer OrthoPulse®.  This innovative system uses low-level, near-infrared light to gently stimulate the bone around your teeth.  This can accelerate tooth movement and shorten your overall treatment time!

Is all Invisalign treatment the same?

All Invisalign treatments are not the same.  When looking for the best outcome, search Invisalign’s website for a Board-Certified Orthodontist, who is in the Top 1% of Invisalign providers.  These orthodontists have extensive experience with complex cases and typically can achieve the best possible outcomes in the most efficient period.

Are braces and Invisalign covered by insurance?

In many cases, yes!  Although insurance may not cover the entire cost of treatment, many patients with dental insurance receive significant benefits.  Many orthodontics offices take insurance and help patients maximize the benefits from their insurance plan and Flex Spending Account.

What can I expect during a consultation?

Consultations generally vary depending on the orthodontist. A comprehensive consultation is key to achieving a natural looking smile. During a consultation, which typically lasts about an hour, we meticulously analyze not just your teeth, but how your smile relates to your facial structure. This holistic approach is the foundation for creating a personalized treatment plan that ultimately leads to a
beautiful and healthy smile.

How can I choose the right orthodontic provider for myself or my child?

When selecting an orthodontic provider, consider factors such as board certification, experience, treatment options offered, patient reviews, a “smile gallery” on their website, and your overall comfort level when you walk into the office. Most orthodontic offices offer free consultations for patients to discuss treatment goals, ask questions, and assess the practice’s approach to patient care.

About the Experts:

Bryn Mawr Orthodontics specializes in Invisalign and braces for kids, teens, and adults.  Dr. Karen Conn and Dr. Ross Segal are Ivy League trained, Board-Certified Orthodontists, who have been recognized as Main Line Today Top Dentists, Philadelphia Magazine Top Dentists, Suburban Family Top Orthodontists, and among the nation’s Top 1% of Invisalign providers. 

Bryn Mawr Orthodontics
1 Town Place, Suite 120, Bryn Mawr
(484) 383-0055

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