Here’s a list of the questions we hear our patients asking the most. If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to contact us. We would be happy to hear from you!
What if I had braces before but my teeth are not straight anymore?
We offer a reduced “tune-up” fee for patients who wore braces in the past, but have experienced minor relapse (i.e. problems have come back). We offer limited Invisalign and limited braces options to get your smile
back on track.
Does my dentist need to refer me to an orthodontist for my insurance to cover braces?
No, you do not need a referral from your dentist to get an orthodontic consultation and exam, regardless of your insurance type. Call us to schedule your FREE consultation or a formal appointment and we will verify
all of your insurance benefits.
How often do I need to come see you?
Orthodontic treatment is more efficient and convenient than ever before. We offer the latest technology to deliver fast and affordable options that fit todays busy lifestyles. Most of our patients in braces come to see us
every 8 to 10 weeks and patients in Invisalign or Invisalign Teen come see us every 12-14 weeks.
When is the best time to start orthodontic treatment?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children get an orthodontic screening at age 7, before permanent teeth come in and the jaws fully develop. Most of our patients do not require treatment this
early but dental development does not always correlate with age. Some patients need treatment when they still growing around age 7 or 8 but most do not start treatment until the permanent teeth erupt which can be
age 10 for some kids and age 14 for others. Call for a free growth check to determine when to start treatment for your child.
How long do I have to wear my retainers?
Forever! In short you have to wear your retainers for life because your teeth will continue to shift and move throughout your lifetime. Dr. Moody’s motto is “night time for a lifetime” when it comes to retainer wear. We
know things happen and retainers get lost or eaten by the dog so we offer a retainer replacement plan for all of our patients to ensure you are never without a retainer.
What is Phase I Treatment (also known as early or interceptive treatment)?
Phase I Treatment, if necessary, is for children between the age of 7 and 10 who usually do not have all of their adult teeth. This phase usually lasts between 6 and 12 months and is used to address significant
developing problems that may become worse if not treated early. Phase I Treatment can often make future treatment shorter and help avoid invasive procedures such as tooth extraction and exposure of impacted teeth.
My dentist offers braces and Invisalign, why should I see an orthodontist?
Would you let your family practice physician perform heart surgery on you? No, you would see a cardiologist who has additional training and only works on the heart. Like a cardiologist with the heart, a
certified orthodontist is the best person to straighten your teeth and correct your bite because
an orthodontist is a general dentist that went on to get an additional 2-3 years of specialized education after dental school. An orthodontist specializes
in straightening teeth and insuring proper form and function of your bite.
What is the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist?
An orthodontist is a dentist and has graduated from dental school. The difference is that an orthodontist has an additional 2-3 years of specialized education after dental school and is a specialist at
straightening teeth and insuring proper form and function. Dr. Moody earned her Bachelor’s degree and her degree in dental medicine from the University of Florida in 2006. After graduating at the top of her class,
she received an academic scholarship to the University of Colorado for 3 additional years of orthodontic specialty training.
Do you fix or replace retainers if I didn’t have treatment at Moody Orthodontics?
Yes! We want your smile to stay beautiful no matter where or how long ago you had orthodontic treatment. Call us today at 512-44- SMILE to discuss the cost of the various types of retainers available.
Do you offer payment plans?
Yes! We are happy to provide our patients with no interest financing and payments as low as $99/month. Call us today at 512-44- SMILE to see how we can help you get the smile you’ve always wanted.
How long will I have my braces?
This will depend on the severity of your case. However, we are proud use state of the art technology that enables most of our patients to complete treatment in 1 to 2 years.
What if I (or my child) don’t wear my retainers after treatment, and my teeth shift?
Teeth will always shift or relapse after orthodontic treatment without some kind of retainer wear. We encourage all of our patients to enroll in our retainer replacment program but we know things
happen, and that’s why we offer a “lifetime smile guarantee.” If your teeth shift after treatment with our office, we will put your braces back on for FREE and only charge a monthly fee until you
are happy and your teeth are straight again.
Is Invisalign or Invisalign Teen more expensive than braces?
While the cost of orthodontic treatment varies for each person based on their specific issues, for most cases the cost of Invisalign is comparable to the cost of braces at Moody Orthodontics. We offer flexible financing and
low down payments for Invisalign which makes it an easy decision for most people. Call us today to discuss how Invisalign and Moody Orthodontics can transform your smile.
Can I still have braces or Invisalign if I play sports or play a musical instrument?
Yes. Most of our patients that play copntact sports, like football or boxing, or who play a brass or reed instrument opt for Invisalign treatment. Invisalign is the most convenient option for atheletes and allows
for musicians to maintain their embouchure. If you elect to have braces, we will give you a special mouthgaurd to make it possible to participate and advise you on products to help protect your lip while playing
certain instruments. Call us today to see what options are right for you.
Is it necessary to pull teeth to get the best results?
Dr. Moody is very conservative and will do everything possible to treat a patient without extracting teeth or surgery. Although extractions are necessary in some cases, it is now possible to effectively treat most
cases without extracting teeth.
Do you treat TMJ and TMD?
Yes. Dr. Moody is extensively trained in the treatment and diagnosis of painful and functional problems associated with TMJ or TMD. We provide treatment and management of TMJ and other painful jaw disorders.
Our TMJ/TMD exam is more in depth than a regular consultation so please request a TMJ exam when contacting our office.
Can adults get braces?
Yes. Adult orthodontic treatment is rapidly growing in popularity. In fact, almost half of Dr. Moody’s patients are adults who want a perfect smile or better bite. With the latest technology, private treatment
rooms, and after work appointments, Moody Orthodontics makes getting the amazing smile you’ve always wanted an easy and efficient process for adults.