What is an orthodontist?


An orthodontist is a highly trained specialist who has completed several years of additional formal and ADA approved training and education 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. 


How much does orthodontic treatment cost?


The fee for orthodontic treatment varies widely depending on the difficulty of the case and how you decide you want to treat it.  An expander or a quick set of aligners can be as little as $1500, while a comprehensive case with custom built braces that are attached behind the teeth can reach $10,000. An average case is about $6000. The fee for your individualized treatment and the options to pay for it will be thoroughly discussed with you prior to starting treatment.


There is no charge for the initial consultation with Dr. Kenworthy to serif you are a good candidate for orthodontic treatment. We believe that financial considerations should not be an obstacle which limits access to this important health service. We offer several different payment options including an in-office, interest free payment plan. Of course, we also accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express if you prefer to use them.

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.


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.


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