How do I know That my child needs to see Dr. Lundell?

If you recognize any of these signs in your child or yourself, it might be time to schedule a consultation with an orthodontist.

  • Early or late loss of baby teeth 
  • Difficulty chewing or biting 
  • Mouth breathing 
  • Sucking the thumb or fingers, or other oral habits 
  • Crowded, misplaced or blocked-out teeth 
  • Jaws that shift, make sounds, protrude or are recessed 
  • Speech difficulty 
  • Biting the cheek or biting into the roof of the mouth 
  • Protruding teeth 
  • Teeth that meet in an abnormal way or don’t meet at all 
  • Facial imbalance or asymmetry (features out of proportion to the rest of the face) 
  • Grinding or clenching of teeth 
  • Inability to comfortably close lips

How early should my child see Dr. Lundell?

The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that all children get a check-up with an orthodontist at the first recognition of the existence of an orthodontic problem, but no later than age 7. Few patients will need to begin treatment that young, but there are some who will benefit from early intervention. For these patients, treatment is likely to consist of guiding the growth of the jaws so that the permanent teeth are in good positions as they come in. 

Another point to consider is at what age does my child's orthodontic insurance coverage end.  Most orthodontic insurance coverage will end when a patient reaches adulthood (age 18-21).  It is important that orthodontic treatment be complete before this deadline to take full advantage your child's insurance benefit.

How long will my orthodontic treatment take?

Treatment duration varies from patient to patient. Dr. Lundell uses state of the art technology to minimize treatment time for optimal results. Gentle forces are always used to minimize patient discomfort.

If I wear extra rubber bands, will that speed up my treatment?

No. You could potentially prolong your treatment by wearing extra rubber bands because the extra force could move your teeth in an undesirable way.

How frequent will our appointments be?

Once treatment is in progress, appointments are usually scheduled 4-6 weeks apart. After your braces are removed, you will wear retainers and we will schedule to see you every three to six months for one year to ensure a stable and long lasting beautiful result.

When are appointments available?

For your convenience, we offer after school appointments to accommodate our patient's and parent's busy schedules. Our hours are Monday - Thursday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.

Are regular dental checkups and cleanings necessary during orthodontic treatment?

YES! If we happen to spot a dental problem such as decay, we will advise you. Proper dental hygiene must be maintained throughout treatment, therefore, regular general dental checkups remain very important during orthodontic treatment. In addition, dental cleanings are extremely important during orthodontic treatment as plaque and food tend to be harder to remove from the teeth when brackets and wires are in the way. I have established a good rapport with many dentists in the Rochester area and strive to work with your personal dentist to optimize your orthodontic dental care.

Will I have to wear a retainer?

Once treatment is complete, the braces are removed and retainers are given to each patient and included in the treatment fee. The retainers are to be worn full time for the first 4-6 months, then tapering off to nightly wear thereafter.

What about emergencies?

We're here for you! We know that situations arise during treatment which require corrective action before your next scheduled appointment. For example, a wire may become loose or a bracket may debond from a tooth. Our schedule allows for the occasional emergency appointment. We will do our best to fit you in at your earliest convenience. Weekend emergencies are always accommodated. Dr. Lundell is available to answer any questions you may have. Call us anytime, we'll be happy to speak with you (585) 720-0630.

Will my braces set off the metal detectors in the airport?

You are cleared for takeoff – the lightweight materials used in braces will not affect metal detectors!

What is a Board Certified Orthodontist?

 A board certified orthodontist is an orthodontist who has voluntarily gone through hundreds of additional hours of preparation to demonstrate their judgment, skills and knowledge required for providing the highest level of patient care.   They have achieved board certification through the American Board of Orthodontics, the only orthodontic specialty board recognized by the American Dental Association and in affiliation with the American Association of Orthodontists.

 An orthodontist is a dentist who has not only completed a graduate program in dentistry to receive their DDS or DMD (Doctor of Dental Surgery or Doctor of Dental Medicine), but has also gone through a competitive residency at a CODA-accredited orthodontic program for an additional 2-3 years to be trained specifically in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics. 

 Achieving board certification is the last step in a long and intensive educational experience to ultimately provide excellent patient care. 

 It takes dedication to make it to the top. 

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