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Frequently Asked Questions
Is it true that my first consultation is free?
Absolutely! Your no-obligation Dr. Phillips Smile Analysis appointment includes a review of your medical history, digital X-rays, a thorough exam, and a personalized treatment plan – a $335 value, yours for FREE!
Can I schedule a virtual consultation with Dr. Phillips?
Yes, we do!
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Do you offer after work or school hours appointments?
Yes, we strive to accommodate your busy schedule.
What are the signs my child needs an orthodontic assessment?
Crowded or misplaced teeth
Difficulty in chewing or biting food
Early loss of baby teeth
Finger or thumb sucking
Jaws that “pop” when opening and closing
Misaligned teeth that close abnormally or without touching
Jaws and teeth that are not in proportion to the rest of the face
Do you notice some of these problems present in your child? Schedule an orthodontic assessment
What is the difference between self-ligating braces and metal braces?
Self-ligating braces don't use elastic bands to hold the archwire in place. It uses a sliding mechanism to hold the archwire, making this type of braces look less apparent and easier to clean.
Do you offer any discounts on orthodontic treatments?
We proudly offer a discount for family members of our patients, as well as a Military discount for active members. Military discount can not be combined with any other discount.
How long will my treatment take?
Each patient’s treatment time will vary depending on the severity of their misalignment and the treatment option chosen. Most treatment times are between 12-24 months.
Do I still need to see my general dentist?
Absolutely! Keeping your teeth and gums healthy during your treatment is vital to the success of your orthodontic treatment. Visit your general dentist for a routine check-up and clean to keep tooth decay and gum disease at bay!
If teeth need to be extracted, who will do it?
Tooth extraction is our last resort in correcting teeth misalignment. Should a tooth need to be removed, we will refer you to a dentist or an oral surgeon for the procedure.
Can I eat and drink normally with clear aligners?
In general, yes. There are no food restrictions while you're wearing clear aligners. However, you must remove your aligners before eating and drinking to prevent breakage and deformation.
Do I keep my clear aligners as I move to the next set?
Yes, you need to keep your previous aligners in case Dr. Phillips advises you to return to a previous stage at any point.
What are the types of retainers you offer in your office?