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Appointments

Your time and convenience are important, as we know you have multiple demands on your time and life. We make every effort to arrange our schedule to coordinate with the demands on yours.

Your scheduled appointment time has been reserved specifically for you. We are aware that unforeseen events sometimes require missing an appointment.  Please let us know if you cannot keep the appointment.  We request 24-hours’ notice if you need to cancel.

Monday           8:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday           8:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday    11:00am - 7:00pm
Thursday          8:00am - 5:00pm
Friday               7:00am - 12:00pm (admin day)

Questions to Ask Us

Do I have a condition that orthodontics can address?

Is treatment needed now, or should treatment be delayed until appropriate growth, tooth eruption, or other factors have occurred?

What treatment procedures will correct my problem?

How long will treatment take?

How much will it cost?

What are my payment options?

While we can answer most questions about treatment during the initial consultation, we will address specific areas after thorough and careful analysis of your diagnostic records. We believe that in-depth planning leads to superior results and greater patient satisfaction.

All your questions will be answered.

We want you to start orthodontic treatment with a clear understanding of your individual needs knowing that beautiful smiles are our way of life here.

Finance and Insurance

It is our mission to provide you with affordable, high-quality treatment that fits your budget! We offer a variety of payment options to meet your needs. We accept Visa and MasterCard. We also offer financing options by which monthly payments can be debited directly from your checking account. For customers who pay in full at the beginning of treatment, we offer discounts. We thoroughly explain your options, so that we can accommodate your needs. Our fee is all inclusive – it includes the diagnostic records, all appliances for the entire treatment time, retainers, and all appointments during the 12 month retention period.

Dr. Paz/our office will be able to determine your cost based on the specifics of your individual needs. These factors can include the complexity of your case, how long your treatment will take, and your orthodontic insurance coverage.

What about insurance?

Many dental insurance plans cover orthodontic treatment. Our office or your insurance carrier can help you to determine the exact coverage for your treatment.

What are my other options?

If your insurance does not cover all of your treatment costs or if cost is a concern for you, talk to us about payment options – we offer flexible and affordable monthly payment plans with no interest.

What about flexible spending accounts?

Many companies offer their employees FSAs. An FSA allows you to set aside a portion of your paycheck in order to pay for qualified medical expenses. The money you elect to contribute is deducted from your pay and transferred directly into your FSA and, therefore, is not subject to payroll taxes. After incurring eligible medical costs, you can then submit your receipt for reimbursement from your FSA provider.

Emergencies

The following are helpful suggestions and solutions to most orthodontic problems. However, after reviewing the information below and are still in need of our assistance please call us at:
310-822-4224
Sore Spot on Cheek

When you first receive your braces or your orthodontic appliance, sore spots may develop on your cheeks. To protect your cheek, place wax on the offending bracket, wire or appliance. During non-sleeping hours, cotton rolls can be placed between the appliance and your cheek to provide relief. Rinsing with warm salt water several times a day is very soothing to your gum and cheek tissues. The cheeks will toughen up after a short while. If you have used all of the wax provided to you, orthodontic wax can be purchased at a drug store and we will be happy to supply you with more on our next working day.

Soreness

You may take an over-the-counter pain reliever such as Tylenol or Advil as you would for a headache or similar discomfort. Soreness can be expected for 3-5 days after an adjustment. Good toothbrushing, warm saltwater rinses several times a day and very carefully chewing on a half piece of sugarless chewing gum will help alleviate the pain and help your mouth feel “back to normal” much more quickly.

Loose Bracket

Please call us on the next business day if you have a loose bracket. A broken bracket is not an orthodontic emergency, however, a broken or loose bracket should be fixed in a timely manner.

Loose Appliance

If your expander or Herbst/Mara appliance becomes loose, please contact our office immediately.

Loose Retainer Wire

If your bonded retainer wire becomes loose, please contact our office immediately.

Poking Wire

Place wax over the poking wire. If the wax does not help please call us and we will clip the wire to make you more comfortable. Poking wires are very common as the teeth move.

Injury

If you have a traumatic injury resulting in cuts to your lips or gums or if you have a loose tooth, please contact our office immediately. If you have broken any part of a tooth, you will need to contact your family dentist. If you suspect that your jaw has been injured or notice that your teeth have been moved by the accident, you may also need to be seen by an oral surgeon..


COMMON DENTAL PROBLEMS

underbite

UNDERBITE

In an underbite, the lower jaw extends out, causing the lower front teeth to sit in front of the upper front teeth.

Overbite

OVERBITE

In an overbite, the upper front teeth extend out over the lower front teeth, sometimes causing the lower front teeth to bite into the roof of the mouth.

teeth spacing

SPACING

Spacing problems may be caused by missing teeth or they may only be a cosmetic issue.

teeth crowding

CROWDING

Crowding occurs when teeth have insufficient room to erupt from the gum. Crowding can often be corrected by expansion, and many times, tooth removal can be avoided.

Open bite

OPENBITE

Proper chewing is impacted by an openbite, in which the upper and lower front teeth do not overlap. Openbites may be caused by habits such as thumb sucking or tongue thrusting.

Crossbite

CROSSBITE

In a crossbite, the upper teeth sit inside the lower teeth, which may cause tooth stratification and misaligned jaw growth

Dental midlines not matching

DENTAL MIDLINES NOT MATCHING

Dental midlines that do not match are evident when the back bite does not fit and match appropriately. This may negatively impact jaw and proper dental function.

Upper front teeth protrusion

UPPER FRONT TEETH PROTRUSION

The appearance and function of your teeth are impacted by upper front teeth protrusion. It is characterized by the upper teeth extending too far forward or the lower teeth not extending far enough forward.