7 Common Questions Parents Have About Orthodontic Treatment (WIN Kids’ Sonicare!)

Reed Orthodontics is an orthodontic practice in Boone, located at 870 State Farm Road. After practicing in Ocala and Crystal River, Florida for 35 years and treating over 10,000 patients, Dr. Reed transitioned his practice to his son and moved to Boone to provide orthodontic care to this community.

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Dr. Reed would like to share this information from the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO). If you have any questions, leave a comment below, visit their website at www.ReedOrthoBoone.com, or call Reed Orthodontics at 828-286-9797 for a FREE consultation. I took my 8-year-old daughter for a consultation with Dr. Reed.  You can see a video of our visit on the right! ~ Sarah

7 Common Questions Parents Have About Orthodontic Treatment

Today, nearly four million children in the United States and Canada are receiving treatment from members of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO). And while parents know that orthodontic treatment results in a healthy, beautiful smile, many don’t realize the important long-term health benefits.

 As part of its commitment to education, the AAO provides parents with this list of answers to commonly asked questions about orthodontic care.

1. Why is orthodontic treatment important?

Straight teeth and properly aligned jaws contribute to good dental health, as well as overall physical health. Orthodontic treatment can boost a person’s self-image as teeth, lips and jaws move into position and improve appearance.

2. How can a parent know if his/her child needs orthodontic treatment?Reed Ortho

The best way to know whether your child needs treatment is to visit an orthodontist. The AAO recommends that every child get a check-up with an orthodontist no later than age seven.

3. What if my child still has baby teeth at age seven? Should he/she still see an orthodontist?

Yes. By age 7, enough permanent teeth have arrived for an orthodontist to evaluate how the teeth and jaws meet, and to identify current or developing problems. If your orthodontist finds a problem, he/she can discuss with parents any treatment that may be necessary.

4. How does a child’s growth affect orthodontic treatment?

Treatment and growth often complement each other. In some cases, the orthodontist takes advantage of a child’s growth to guide jaws and teeth into their ideal positions.

5. How often should my child visit our orthodontist while in orthodontic treatment?

Typically, a child will see the orthodontist every 6-12 weeks throughout the course of treatment.

Reed Orthodontics6. If I currently don’t have an orthodontist, what is the best way to find someone to treat orthodontic problems?

To find an orthodontist near you, ask for a referral from your family dentist or you can visit www.braces.org and click on the Find an Orthodontist service. It is important to choose an orthodontist who is a member of the AAO. Orthodontists receive an additional two to three years of specialized education beyond dental school to learn the proper way to align and straighten teeth. Only those with this formal education may call themselves “orthodontists,” and only orthodontists may be members of the AAO.

7. What is the average cost of orthodontic treatment?

Fees will vary, depending on the treatment needed and can usually only be determined following a clinical examination. Most orthodontists offer convenient payment plans, making treatment more affordable than ever. Most orthodontists will work with you to find a plan that fits your family budget. In addition, many patients have dental insurance that includes
orthodontic benefits or a Flexible Spending Account which allows a portion of the orthodontic fee to be paid with tax free dollars. Check with your employer’s human resources department to learn about your insurance coverage or Flexible Spending Account.

Win a Kids’ Sonicare Toothbrush ($69.99 Value)

Kids' Sonicare ToothbrushReed Orthodontics would like to award one Mom Squad reader a Kids’ Sonicare Toothbrush! This is not just another toothbrush, for sure. Here are some of the features of the Sonicare Toothbrush:

  • KidTimer increases brushing time slowly over 90 days, building toward the dentist recommended 2 minutes.
  • Kid-friendly power modes provide gentle cleaning that’s right for different ages. Low mode for ages 4+ and High mode for ages 7+.
  • Age-appropriate brush heads specifically designed to gently clean and protect teeth at key developmental stages.
  • Ergonomic design enables parents and kids to brush together or on their own.
  • Interchangeable panels so kids can customize their toothbrush
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Visit the Reed Orthodontics website FAQ page.  Then come back to this post, and leave a comment sharing something you learned.

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Details: This contest will be open to High Country  Residents or Visitors 18 or older, through November 11, 2011. One winner will be chosen by random number generator, and notified by email. Winner will be responsible for claiming the prize by email.



  1. Hi! I read Reed Orthodontics FYI page..learning early intervention is best and a child should be evaluated by age 7. Appointments are scheduled between 5-10 weeks apart.

  2. I did not realize until looking at the FAQ page that injections are not given in the Ortho office.

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  4. Dr. Reed is awesome! I learned that Dr. Reed never uses recycled braces!

  5. Shana Scott says

    I leard the 5 questions Dr Reed will answer during your initial visit.

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    Following on twitter

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    Just tweeted

  9. Dawn Sturgill says

    I learned that your teeth are still able to move at oldered ages, and still be corrected by braces. Dr Reed and his staff are wonderful and very caring!

  10. I learned that children with braces can not eat raw veggies.

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  12. I learned that you can start visiting an orthodontist at age 7.

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