Here are the answers to some commonly asked questions.


What is an orthodontist?


An orthodontist is a highly trained specialist who has completed years of additional training after graduation from dental school. Dr. Kenworthy completed a three year training program at the Mayo Clinic after graduating from the University of California at San Francisco School of Dentistry. An orthodontist not only straightens teeth but also is interested in the bite, facial profile, and oral growth of his patients. Orthodontists also treat TMJ dysfunction, cleft lip and palate, and craniofacial anomalies. 


At what age should a child be seen by an orthodontist?


The American Association of Orthodontists suggests that a child be seen for an orthodontic consultation by the age of seven. If the the dentist or parent desires, a visit to an orthodontic specialist can be pursued earlier. The child's teeth will be checked for alignment and the bite will be analyzed. How the upper and lower jaws match one another is also evaluated. The future growth of the jaws is studied. Dr. Kenworthy will always send a report of his orthodontic consultation to the patient's dentist.


Do I need a referral from my dentist to be seen by Dr. Kenworthy?


No.  You or your child can have an orthodontic evaluation at any time. The initial consultation is complimentary.  Dr. Kenworthy will be happy to furnish your dentist with a report of his orthodontic findings and recommendations. A close working relationship will most likely already exist between our office and that of your dentist.


Am I too old for orthodontic treatment?


No.  An adult who desires orthodontic treatment is never too old.  Many adults enjoy the change in their appearance and bite that orthodontics can offer. Our esthetic, tooth colored braces make orthodontic treatment almost invisible. Dr. Kenworthy works closely with your dentist to prepare your teeth for any necessary post-orthodontic dental work. Some adults seek orthodontic care for temporomandibular joint problems (TMJ).


How long does orthodontic treatment take?


Obviously, not all orthodontic problems can be treated within the same time frame. On average, comprehensive treatment takes less than two years.  If braces are started before the permanent teeth emerge they are almost always taken off in less than one year.  Sometimes in order to take advantage of the body's natural growth timing, Dr. Kenworthy will place and remove the braces in stages requiring more than one "time" in braces. Still, he makes every attempt to keep the total time with braces glued to the teeth less than two years.


Do I still need to see my dentist for cleanings during orthodontic treatment?


Yes.  Dr. Kenworthy feels it is very important for his patients to continue their routine dental care with their dentist. In fact, we suggest you coordinate dental cleaning appointments with your orthodontic adjustment appointments. We will be happy to schedule your appointment so that your brace wires can be removed prior to going to the dentist.  After the cleaning the wires can be replaced to continue your orthodontic treatment.


How much does orthodontic treatment cost?


There is no charge for the initial consultation with Dr. Kenworthy. Also, there is usually no charge for recall examinations as he watches your child's teeth develop and mature. If radio graphs or other tests are needed, the fee for those tests will be discussed with you prior to the tests.


The fee for orthodontic treatment varies depending on what is needed. The fee for your individualized treatment will be thoroughly discussed with you. Orthodontic treatment is an excellent investment in the overall dental, medical, and psychological well being of children, adolescents, and adults. We believe that financial considerations should not be an obstacle which limits access to this important health service. All professional services provided by this office are charged directly to the patient or the responsible party. While we expect payment prior to the placement of any fixed or removable orthodontic appliance, we are sensitive to the fact that people have different needs in fulfilling their financial obligations. We offer several different payment options including an in-office, interest free payment plan. Of course, we accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express if you prefer to use them.


What about insurance?


Your dental or medical insurance may or may not cover a percentage of the fees for orthodontic treatment. While we cannot render services on the assumption that our fees will be paid by an insurance company, we will gladly provide any necessary information that is required by your insurance company for you to file a claim.


FAQ's Telephone: (406) 721-2796

Dr. Christian R. Kenworthy DDS, MS, PC