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Observation Program

To help our young patients get the best possible care, we’ve created an observation program that lets us track orthodontic development over time, waiting for the perfect time to start treatment.

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Orthodontics for Kids in Post Falls, Coeur d'Alene, Hayden, Rathdrum, & Athol areas

One of the most common things parents ask us is when to bring their child in for a first visit. This is a great question, and the answer might be earlier than you think! In keeping with the American Association of Orthodontists, we ask parents to bring their children in for an initial evaluation by age 7. At this age, the back bite has developed, which lets us spot current problems as well as problems that may develop later. While we generally screen early, we often won’t begin treatment right then – and that’s where our observation program comes in.

Our Observation Program

To help our patients get the best possible care, we’ve created an observation program that lets us track orthodontic development over time, waiting for the perfect time to start treatment. The program works like this:

  • After your initial screening, Dr. Wilson will monitor your child’s dental development until the perfect time to start treatment.
  • We’ll bring your child in for an evaluation every 6 months – and all of the observation appointments are complimentary.
  • Even if you don’t see any changes since your last visit, it’s important to attend these appointments every 6 months. Regular screenings are the only way to ensure everything is developing normally. To track the eruption of permanent teeth, we’ll also take periodic panoramic X-rays of your child – which, also, are complimentary. We will forward this progress x-ray to your family dentist with a progress report to keep their files up-to-date.
  • In addition to monitoring dental development, Dr. Wilson will track jaw growth and bite development. If there’s a problem with these processes, we may recommend early orthodontic treatment.
  • Dr. Wilson will continue monitoring your child’s development until the time is right for treatment. Then, he’ll create a treatment plan that helps your child achieve a healthy, beautiful smile that lasts a lifetime!

Three steps to achieving a great smile!

1. Free Consultation

Your first visit to our office is the very beginning of your orthodontic journey, and we’re just as excited as you!

We will perform a thorough examination of your teeth, mouth, and gums. We then take complimentary x-rays and images of your teeth that lets us see what’s going on. This information helps us design your customized treatment plan.

2. Transparent Pricing

During your free consult, you will meet with one of our Treatment Coordinators to review pricing.

At Post Falls Orthodontics, we offer affordable orthodontic treatment in North Idaho. For more than 75% of our patients, braces are a flat fee as low as $3,995. For complex braces cases, where a special orthodontic appliance or extra services are needed, our fee is $5,495. There are no hidden fees to achieve your beautiful smile!

3. Simple Financing

Our friendly Treatment Coordinators will also make sure you understand your financing options and insurance benefits. We offer a simple financing plan with payments of only $129 a month for braces or Invisalign® with no credit check. If you have dental or orthodontic insurance, we happily assist you in applying your benefits, and the price becomes even better! We accept Medicaid, TRICARE®, Delta Dental® and many more insurance plans to make braces in Post Falls, Idaho, affordable.

Start Your Treatment Same Day

Ready to get your beautiful, new smile? We will help you save yourself an extra visit and get your braces or Invisalign® started the same day as your orthodontic consultation.

With same-day braces, we can maximize the efficiency of your visit and the results at the same time. Our team can help rescue you from the hassle of multiple visits. At your first orthodontic consultation, our team will provide you with a complete oral exam to determine the situation of your smile. If you are a good candidate for braces, our team can help you get started that day! Not only do we save our patients money, we save you time!

FAQs

How much will braces cost? Are financing options available? How does my insurance work?

We can only determine treatment costs after your initial consultation is completed, as each patient’s case is unique. You can learn more about our Financing & Insurance policies on our website, or speak to one of our staff members at the office. We’ll review your financing options with you, and will work with you to maximize your insurance benefits.

Will I need to have teeth extract for braces?
It depends on your unique situation, but sometimes in order to achieve optimal results, teeth may need to be removed. However, advanced technology and methods have made this less common.
Can I wear braces even though I have crowns and missing teeth?
Yes, absolutely! A tooth will a crown will move just like a regular tooth, and treatment will aid in the alignment of the remaining teeth.
Do braces hurt?
Braces or Invisalign don’t “hurt,” but for the first couple days you may feel some slight discomfort. When there is soreness, Motrin or Advil (ibuprofen) can help ease the discomfort.
Can I return to school the day I receive my braces?
Absolutely. There’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to return to your normal daily life.

FAQs

Will my teeth straighten as they grow?
Unfortunately, no. Orthodontic issues, such as spacing and malocclusions, tend to worsen with age. It’s important to be examined as early as possible, to ensure these problems are corrected sooner rather than later.
At what age should I schedule an appointment for an orthodontic screening?

American Association of Orthodontists recommend you should schedule your child’s first appointment by age 7.  

Orthodontic treatment and a child’s growth can complement each other.  By timing orthodontic treatment to predictable stages of dental development, the orthodontist may be able to take advantage of your child’s growth and development.  Some problems that can be treated quite well in a growing child may require corrective surgery or permanent teeth to be extracted if treated after growth has occurred.

Can I schedule all of my appointments after school?
We do our best to schedule you for the most convenient times based on your busy schedule, but cannot make any guarantees. However, most appointments are scheduled 4-10 weeks apart, so you or your child will miss minimal work/school time.
Can I drop my child off for an appointment?
We completely understand your busy schedule and are happy to accommodate. Once you pick up your child, we will review what was accomplished at the conclusion of each appointment and what is expected to be accomplished at the next appointment.  We strongly recommend making the follow up appointments prior to leaving our office.
Can orthodontic correction occur while a child has baby teeth?
If an orthodontic issue is severe enough, then early intervention can occur while the child still has baby teeth. If your child isn’t ready yet, we’ll simply monitor their growth and development, and begin treatment when they’re ready.

FAQs

Can I still play sports
Of course! We do recommend that you use a mouthguard to protect your mouth during treatment.
Can I return to school the day I receive my braces?
Absolutely. There’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to return to your normal daily life.
Will my teeth straighten as they grow?
Unfortunately, no. Orthodontic issues, such as spacing and malocclusions, tend to worsen with age. It’s important to be examined as early as possible, to ensure these problems are corrected sooner rather than later.
Can I schedule all of my appointments after school?
We do our best to schedule you for the most convenient times based on your busy schedule, but cannot make any guarantees. However, most appointments are scheduled 4-10 weeks apart, so you or your child will miss minimal work/school time.

FAQs

Is it too late to have braces if I am already an adult?
Adult orthodontics is becoming more common, as orthodontic treatment helps increase overall happiness level, health, and self-esteem. It’s never too late for a beautiful smile!
Can I still play sports?
Of course! We do recommend that you use a mouthguard to protect your mouth during treatment.
What is an emergency appointment? How are those handled?
If your braces are hurting you or your child severely, or if one of your appliances breaks, you should call our office. We can solve most orthodontic emergencies over the phone, but will make time for you if your issue requires an office visit.

FAQs

How long do I have to wear the aligners?

Because each patient is different, treatment time with Invisalign varies. You could be in treatment for as little as 6 months or as long as 24 months – it all depends on the specific type of orthodontic problem you have and how compliant you are wearing your aligners and keeping your scheduled appointments.

Do I have to wear the aligners even at night?

Yes. In order for Invisalign to work as it’s designed, you must wear your aligners for up to 22 hours each day. You can remove them when eating and when brushing & flossing. You can also take them out temporarily for those special occasions such as interviews or school photos as long as you put them right back in afterward.

Are there certain foods I must avoid eating that might break my aligners?

Invisalign aligners are designed to be removed when eating. One of the greatest benefits associated with Invisalign is the fact that there are no food restrictions whatsoever. You can continue enjoying all your favorite foods including hard-crusted breads, corn-on-the-cob, etc. as long as you take your aligners out before eating, but be sure to at least rinse, if not brush and rinse, before replacing your Invisalign trays. Any foods with color or food coloring (coffee, tea, red sauce, curry, sodas) can be on your teeth and slowly stain your attachments and/or trays.

Will my speech be affected?

When you first start wearing Invisalign, you may notice that your speech is not as clear as it normally is. This is nothing to panic about, as you simply must get used to wearing the aligners. Just spend a bit of time speaking or singing out loud while wearing your aligners and before you know it, your speech will return to normal.

Can I chew gum?

No, chewing gum is not a good idea because it will stick to your aligners and make a big mess.

FAQs

Is it required that my family dentist schedule my appointment with the orthodontist?
It’s not required, but often times our patients are referred by their family dentist. However, patients also are referred by family members and friends, and take the initiative to schedule an appointment themselves.
Why should I choose an orthodontic specialist?

Orthodontic specialists have the education, training and experience to effectively alter teeth, jaw, and facial structures to help patients achieve optimal oral health. It’s critical that treatment is personalized to each individual and properly completed, and choosing a specialist ensures that everything is done correctly.

How do I schedule an appointment for an initial exam?
You can schedule an appointment online or by calling our office at (208) 777-0500. One of our staff members will take down some of your basic information, and let you know what you need to bring to our office for your appointment.
What will happen at the initial examination appointment?

Before you leave, be sure to have all the necessary information needed to complete our new patient forms, including your insurance information. Then, Dr. Wilson will complete the examination, which can include X-rays and photographs, to properly diagnose you or your child’s condition. If you want to learn even more about what happens, you can find more information on our First Visit page.

How often will I have appointments?

Treatment time varies from patient to patient, depending on the severity of the orthodontic issues. The average patient wears appliances anywhere from 16-18 months, and total treatment time ranges from about 12-30 months.

Do you give shots?
No, as shots are not necessary for orthodontic treatment.

What are you waiting for?

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