Welcome to McMinn Orthodontics
Our greatest goal is to give you the healthy, straight, and beautiful smile you’ve always wanted. We understand that choosing to receive orthodontic care is a big decision, and we respect your reasons for wanting to improve the way you look and feel.
Our practice will work with you every step of the way to make sure your orthodontic care is as rewarding as possible. We utilize the latest technology, and offer a variety of safe and gentle treatment options to give you the customized, individual care you deserve.
New Forms + Patient Resources
Please complete all necessary forms and bring them with you to your first appointment. You may also scan and email them to us if you would prefer.
WHAT TO EXPECT AS A NEW PATIENT
We are with you every step of the way.
Every smile starts with an initial consultation
Your initial consultation will give you the opportunity to meet our team, learn more about orthodontics, receive a complete initial exam, and find out which treatment options will best meet your needs.
During your initial consultation, we will:
- Review your dental and medical history forms
- Perform a complete oral exam, with x-rays, to determine whether treatment is necessary
- Discuss all financial information, insurance options, and payment plans
- Our team will be glad to answer questions you have
- We will provide all information you’ll need to determine which treatment is right for you
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE INITIAL CONSULTATION?
You’re one step closer to achieving the smile you’ve always wanted! After your consultation, we will schedule your first appointment and Dr. McMinn will place your new orthodontic appliance.
This appointment generally takes about an hour, and during this time our team will be available to make sure you are as comfortable as possible.
Visiting McMinn Ortho approx. every four to eight weeks is an essential part of your orthodontic treatment. Our practice will work with you to make sure your appointments are as convenient as possible. When scheduling appointments, please let us know which days and times work best for you.
We understand that “life happens”! If you’re running late or need to reschedule, please let us know and we will do everything we can to accommodate you. When you’re ready to schedule your first appointment, contact our practice and our friendly scheduling coordinator will assist you. We’re looking forward to working with you.
Visiting the Dentist during orthodontic treatment
It is vital that you continue to visit your family dentist once every six months for teeth cleanings and routine dental checkups, even during your orthodontic treatment. If extra dental care is needed, we will be happy to coordinate with your family dentist to make sure you receive the best possible care.
Dealing with Discomfort
As your braces start to work, your teeth will be sore until your body adjusts to the movement of your teeth. Then the discomfort will go away. You may also notice discomfort from the wires and brackets themselves, which is where wax comes in. You can cover any areas of irritation, whether it’s a bracket or a poking wire, with wax until it’s convenient for you to have it addressed.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics (also referred to as dentofacial orthopedics) is a specialized form of dentistry that focuses on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial abnormalities.
What is an Orthodontist?
An orthodontist is a dental specialist who has received two to three years of additional training and experience. Dr. McDonough is able to straighten teeth, correct misaligned jaw structure, and improve the function of your smile.
What is the best age to visit an orthodontist?
If you want to improve the look and feel of your smile, then any age can be a great time 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.
About one in every five orthodontic patients is over the age of 21. Whether you’re considering treatment for yourself or for a child, any age is a good time to visit the orthodontist.
How can I care for 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 Dr. Aaron or your family dentist if you need a fluoride rinse. This will help prevent cavities!
- If you take out your retainer to eat, make sure you brush your teeth, floss, and remember to keep the retainer safe in its container so it does not get lost or broken.
- Keep your retainer clean, too, by brushing it gently with a toothbrush and toothpaste. You may also soak it in denture cleaner as instructed by our office. Do not put your retainer in boiling water or in the dishwasher.
- During your treatment, try to avoid foods with a lot of sugar, which increases the amount of bacteria that grows in your mouth, and can cause more plaque and potential 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 orthodontists to help you improve the look and feel of your smile. There are several different types of braces to choose from, including:
- Clear braces
- Invisible braces
- Traditional metal braces
If I get braces, how long do I have to wear them?
The amount of time spent in braces will vary, depending on the individual patient, because every smile responds differently to treatment. Treatment times can last anywhere from six to 30 months, but most standard treatments take about 22 months.
Do braces hurt?
Braces do not often hurt, though you may feel a small amount of discomfort for a couple days as your teeth, gums, cheeks, and mouth get 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 between your braces where your brush isn’t able to reach. Dr. McDonough can show you how to brush and floss properly 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 your toothbrush can’t reach. This causes bacteria to build up and can lead to cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease. We will work closely with your dentist to make sure your teeth stay clean and healthy while you’re wearing braces.
Will my braces interfere with my school activities like sports, playing an instruments, 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?
Simply call our practice! Our front desk staff will be happy to 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 the information you need.
Do you accept insurance?
All patients or parents are ultimately responsible for the entire amount of their treatment fee. Our office is dedicated to providing a positive orthodontic experience for every patient. That’s why we’re happy to guide you every step of the way through orthodontic insurance. This gives all of us something to smile about! There are many different types of dental insurance plans, with various types of coverage. Orthodontic insurance can be very complex, and sometimes difficult for patients or parents to fully understand the benefits to which they’re entitled. We will work with you to help you receive the reimbursement you deserve.
Do you have payment plans?
Payment in Full
When an account is paid in full at the time of initial banding, or within 60 days after treatment commences there will be a bookkeeping courtesy discount given when paid by cash, check, or credit card.
Office Payment Plan
When treatment begins, an initial banding fee of $1,000 or 1/3 of the total treatment fee (whichever is less) is the down payment. The balance of the treatment fee is placed on an interest free monthly installment plan. The monthly payment can be set to automatically pay from a debit or credit card if desired. Payments are due anytime from the 1st of the month through the 25th day of the month. Finance charges are imposed on balances not paid within sixty (60) days of the due date.
Co-Payments and Payment Plans
Since orthodontic insurance covers a portion of the total fee, our office will, in good faith, “extend an initial credit” to each patient or parent in the amount that we estimate your primary insurance plan will pay toward treatment.
Do you offer family discounts for siblings?
We offer discounts for patient’s family members continuing treatment in our office.