Common Questions

What Is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that corrects teeth and jaws that are positioned improperly. Crooked teeth and teeth that do not fit together correctly are harder to keep clean, are at risk of being lost early due to tooth decay and periodontal disease, and cause extra stress on the chewing muscles that can lead to headaches, TMJ syndrome and neck, shoulder and back pain. Teeth that are crooked or not in the right place can also detract from one’s appearance.We focus on fixing these issues with common practices such as Invisalign and Braces! Our offices in Pocatello, Blackfoot, and Soda Springs, Idaho seek to serve your individual needs.
How do I know if I need Orthodontics?
Only your dentist or orthodontist can determine whether you can benefit from orthodontics. Based on diagnostic tools that include a full medical and dental health history, a clinical exam, plaster models of your teeth, and special X-rays and photographs, an orthodontist or dentist can decide whether orthodontics are recommended, and develop a treatment plan that’s right for you.Our orthodontists are equipped to handle all kinds of unique needs and scenarios!
What age is the ideal age for my child to see an orthodontist?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that your child see an orthodontist by age 7. Most children won’t need active orthodontic treatment or braces until around age 11-12, but it is recommended to get a screening X-ray by age 7 to ensure that proper eruption of the teeth is happening and to catch any early growth issues that may need early correction to help prevent need for surgery in the future or more extensive treatments.
Am I too old to have braces and orthodontic treatment?
You are never too old to have orthodontic treatment, in fact it is estimated that at least 26% of all orthodontic patients in the United States and Canada are adults. We will customize your treatment to fit your needs and expectations. Full orthodontic treatment with braces, only top or bottom braces, or clear aligners with Invisalign™. If it’s something you’ve thought about, call for a free consultation to see what we can offer to help you get the smile you have always wanted.
Will you accept my orthodontic insurance?
Yes, we work with all orthodontic insurance plans. we will help guide you through the insurance process and get the most out of your insurance benefit. As insurance companies change, our staff spend hours researching and working with the insurance companies to figure out the best way to maximize your benefits. To help prepare you for your visit, it is recommended that you visit with your employer to make sure you have an orthodontic policy in place.
Do you offer payment plans?
We offer in-house payment plans with zero interest. Our staff will help you customize a plan to help make it as easy as possible. We can setup auto payment plans as well to help simplify the plan as well.
What happens if I have problems with my braces during treatment?
If you have problems during treatment we will work with you to get you in for a fix and get you comfortable as quick at your earliest convenience. After hours and on weekends, we have someone on call that can help get you comfortable as well.
How much does it cost?
Our fees are 30% lower than the national average. Your exact cost will vary depending on the complexity of your case.
Am I a good candidate for Invisalign™?
Due to advances in technology and top-level training Dr. McMinn and Dr. Brown have received, people who may have previously been told they weren’t a good case for Invisalign are often excellent candidates! With Invisalign, your compliance is the major factor in your success. Come in for a free Invisalign consultation to determine if it’s right for you.
Oral Hygiene
While undergoing orthodontic treatment in braces or Invisalign, it is incredibly important to exercise good oral hygiene. This means brushing, flossing, and using auxiliaries such as proxabrushes. Please view the following videos to gain a better understanding of the best techniques.
Keeping You Comfortable
We do our best to minimize discomfort and extra visits by using the highest quality materials available, from the bonding agent to the braces and wires. Regardless, sometimes braces pop off or a wire can give a little pinch. If that happens, the following videos can assist you and help you get comfortable until you can get in to see us.
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