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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much does Orthodontic treatment cost?
    • The cost will vary greatly depending on the complexity of a patient's case as well as the appliances used in corrective treatment. At West Arvada Orthodontics we have a variety of payment options and will make sure you get the highest quality care without breaking the bank.
  • Do you accept insurance at West Arvada Orthodontics?
    • Yes! We accept all major dental insurance plans as well as providing our patients flexible payment options including discounts. Call us for more information at (720) 800-9331.
  • At what age should I bring my child to see Dr. Friedman for a free evaluation and consultation?
    • In addition to completing a speciality residency in orthodontics, Dr. Friedman received her Masters' degree while doing groundbreaking research on the effects of orthodontic treatment on the anatomy of the airway.  Studies show that widening the airway during a child's development improves their quality of life in many ways including:
      • Improved Sleep
      • Improved Behavior and Focus
      • Decreased Nightmares
      • (See Diagram below for mechanism)
Sleep Disordered Breathing in Children explained
      • Dr. Friedman's passion is to prevent and treat irregularities in the jaw and misalignment of the teeth that are the result of genetics or caused by a child’s habits. The best way to achieve these goals is to have your child evaluated by no later than age seven, but even as early as age 5.  Dr. Friedman is highly trained to notice minute problems with emerging teeth and jaw growth – even while a mixture of baby teeth and permanent teeth are present.  An orthodontic check-up allows for early detection of problems and development of efficient treatment plans.

Some of the key signs that an orthodontic problem is present are as follows:

        • Difficulty chewing and biting
        • Jaws that click, shift or make noise as they move
        • Asymmetry in the face due to disproportionate jaws
        • Finger and thumb sucking
        • Bite misalignment (arches of teeth that do not meet properly)

 

Common Orthodontic Problems for Children

Children often experience overcrowding, jaw growth irregularities, underbites, overbites, protruding teeth and teeth that are too widely spaced. While some problems are inherited, main causes of acquired  orthodontic irregularities are:

        • Medical problems, such as birth defects
        • Habits such as thumb or finger sucking
        • Breathing through the mouth

 

Early orthodontic treatment is beneficial to reduce the amount and duration of later treatment, preventing more complex conditions from occurring. Through early intervention, Dr. Friedman is able to correct habits that lead to acquired irregularities, increase the confidence of the child, guide the growth of the jawbone, and decrease the risk of injury to protruding teeth.

If you have any further questions about when your child should visit the orthodontist, please contact our office at (720) 800-9331

 

  • Is It Ever Too Late To Get Braces?
    • Most orthodontists agree that it is never too late to get braces. Aside from the pleasing aesthetic of a beautifully straight smile, correcting malocclusion and teeth misalignment with braces is beneficial for a number of other reasons:
    • Reduced Tooth Decay – Misaligned teeth can make maintaining adequate oral hygiene incredibly difficult. Hard-to-reach spaces can become breeding grounds for the oral bacteria that cause tooth decay.
    • Reduced Wear and Tear – Chewing capability is impacted by malocclusion. Improper alignment means that as food is chewed, force is not evenly distributed. This can lead to flattened teeth and wear and tear on dental enamel.
    • Relief of Jaw Pain – Not only does a comfortable bite distribute pressure evenly across teeth, it can also create smooth, pain-free dental function. Patients with malocclusion experience jaw joint disorders (TMJ dysfunction) that create clicking, popping, and discomfort when opening and closing the mouth.