Patient Information

Appointments

When you book an appointment with Kennedy Dental and Orthodontics, your scheduled time is reserved specifically for you. We understand that sometimes, other things come up, or emergencies can arise. That’s why we appreciate when our patients try their best to give us a 48-hours notice if they need to cancel their appointment. Patients who fail to do so may be required to pay a fee.

Financials

We feel it is important to provide our patients with high-quality treatment that also agrees with their budget. We offer a variety of payment options to meet their needs. Feel free to ask us about our Smile Saver Program! We’re always happy to go over financial options with you or answer any questions to accommodate your needs.


Dental Insurance Information

Our office is committed to helping our patients maximize their insurance benefits. Due to the complexities of insurance contracts, we can only estimate coverage but cannot guarantee it. A patient’s fee must be paid at the time of service. We will bill insurance companies for services and give them 45 days to render payment. After 60 days, patients are responsible for the entire balance. Our Brampton dentist and team are always available to answer any questions our patients may have.


Orthodontic Insurance Information

Our patients receive the benefit of reduced costs if their insurance covers orthodontic treatment. We review our patient’s insurance plan to make appropriate choices and will file our patient’s claims once their treatment has begun.

It is important to remember that orthodontic insurance can greatly benefit you or your child. The financially responsible party is accountable for any changes during the course of your treatment.


FAQ's

  • Is it required that my family dentist schedule my appointment with the orthodontist?
    • No, it is not. Many of our patients are referred by their family dentist, yet many other patients take the initiative to schedule an examination themselves.

  • At what age should I schedule an appointment for an orthodontic screening?
    • The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic screening at age 7. By this age, several permanent teeth in most children have erupted, allowing us to effectively evaluate your orthodontic condition.

  • Will my teeth straighten out as they grow?
    • No, they will not. The space available for the front teeth does not increase as you grow. In most people, after the permanent molars erupt, the space available for the front teeth decreases with age.

  • How do I schedule an appointment for an initial exam?
    • If you or your child can potentially benefit from orthodontic treatment, simply call our office or book an appointment online. We will be happy to schedule an appointment for you. When you call to schedule your appointment, our front office staff will request some basic information from you.

  • What will I learn from the initial examination?
    • There are five essential questions that we will cover during the initial examination:

      • Is there an orthodontic problem, and if so, what is it?
      • What must be done to correct the problem?
      • Will any teeth need to be removed?
      • How long will the treatment take to complete?
      • How much will the treatment cost?
  • Will I need to have teeth extracted for braces?
    • Removing teeth is sometimes required to achieve the best orthodontic result. Straight teeth and a balanced facial profile are the goal of orthodontics. However, because new technology has provided advanced orthodontic procedures, removing teeth is not always necessary for orthodontic treatment.

  • How long will it take to complete treatment?
    • Treatment time obviously depends on each patient's specific orthodontic problem. In general, treatment times range from 12 to 30 months. The "average" time frame a person is in braces is approximately 22 months.

  • How much will braces cost? Are financing options available? How does my insurance work?
    • It is impossible to give an exact cost for treatment until we have examined you. We will cover the exact cost and financial options during the initial examination. We have many financing options available to accommodate your needs, and we will review these with you. We will also review your insurance policy and help to maximize your benefit and file your claims.

  • How often will I have appointments?
    • Appointments are scheduled according to each patient's needs. Most patients in braces will be seen every five to 10 weeks. If there are specific situations that require more frequent monitoring, we will schedule appointments accordingly.

  • Can I return to school the day I receive my braces?
    • Yes. There is no reason to miss school because of an orthodontic appointment.

  • Do you give shots?
    • No. Shots are not necessary in orthodontic treatment.

  • Do I need to see my family dentist while in braces?
    • Yes! Regular checkups with your family dentist are important while in braces. Your family dentist will determine the intervals between cleaning appointments while you are in braces.

  • Are there foods I cannot eat while I have braces?
    • Yes. Once treatment begins, we will explain the complete instructions and provide a comprehensive list of foods to avoid. Some of those foods include: ice, hard candy, raw vegetables and all sticky foods (i.e. caramel and taffy). You can avoid most emergency appointments to repair broken or damaged braces by carefully following our instructions.

  • Can orthodontic correction occur while a child has baby teeth?
    • Yes. Some orthodontic problems are significant enough to require early intervention. However, if a patient is not yet ready for treatment, we will follow that patient's growth and development until the time is right for treatment to begin.

  • What is Phase One (early) treatment?
    • Phase One treatment, if necessary, is usually initiated on children between the ages of 7 and 10. Phase One treatment usually lasts about 12-21 months. The primary objective for Phase One treatment is to address significant problems to prevent them from becoming more severe and to improve self-esteem and self-image.

  • Is it too late to have braces if I am already an adult?
    • A surprising percentage of our patients are adults. In fact, 25 percent of all orthodontic patients are adults. Health, happiness and self-esteem are vitally important to adults. No patient is "too old" to wear braces!

  • Can I wear braces even though I have crowns and missing teeth?
    • Yes. A tooth with a crown will move just like a tooth with a simple filling. When teeth are missing, orthodontic treatment will aid in the alignment of the remaining teeth.

  • Why should I choose an orthodontic specialist?
    • Teeth, and sometimes entire facial structures, are permanently changed by orthodontic treatment. It is important that the treatment be appropriate and properly completed. Orthodontic specialists have extensive and specialized training that enables them to provide their patients with professional, personalized treatments.

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