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What is orthodontics?

Q1: What are the steps involved in orthodontic treatment?
A1: Orthodontic treatment consists of the following steps:
1.Initial consultation
This step includes brief explanations on orthodontic treatment, treatment methods and available orthodontic appliances, approximate treatment length and fees, etc. (30 min.)

2.Detailed examination
Orthodontic records including X-rays, study models of teeth, photos of face and teeth, and records of jaw and TMJ functions are taken for detailed examination. (About 2 hrs.)

3.Diagnosis and treatment plan
We will explain, in detail, recommended treatment plan, method, appliances, duration and fees based on results of the examination.

4.Start of orthodontic treatment
(I)Early treatment: Phase I treatment is indicated for preschool and elementary school children with the following conditions (for 1-2 years):

    Plaque control instruction: A tooth-brushing lesson is provided (about 1 hour).
A)When the existing malocclusion is likely to affect future growth of the face and jaws.
B)When early control of jaw growth is needed.
C)When a bad habit is causing a malocclusion.

(II) Regular follow-ups (1-3 visits per year) until all the permanent teeth erupt (for 1-3 years).
Re-diagnosis:The progress after Phase I treatment and what needs to be done in Phase II treatment will be discussed.
Other types of orthodontic treatment
(IV)Orthognathic treatment: Surgical treatment of jaw deformities, mandibular prognathism, etc. (covered by the health insurance).
(V)Orthodontic treatment of cleft lip and palate: Consult us in early childhood (covered by the insurance, treated under the developmental and corrective medical program).
(VI)Adult orthodontic treatment: Orthodontic treatment with braces on the back of the teeth,
orthodontic treatment for patients with periodontal disease
5.End of orthodontic treatment and retention
When braces come off, we discuss the treatment results, followed retention and observation.
Retainers are worn during the retention phase, which typically lasts for about 2 years.

X-rays, models of teeth and other necessary orthodontic records are taken for detailed examination.

Q2: What are average fees and duration of treatment?
A2: There are as wide individual variations in tooth alignment and bite as in facial appearance.Orthodontic treatment of permanent teeth typically takes 2 to 3 years.
Orthodontic fees generally consist of the following:
(Certain types of orthodontic treatment are covered by the insurance. Ask us for further information.)
Initial consultation: \3,150
Orthodontic record: about \52,500
Orthodontic diagnosis: about \21,000
Orthodontic treatment: \250,000 - \800,000
Retention: around \84,000
Observation and check: \3,150 per visit
We have different payment plans, which include lump-sum payment, payments from bonuses only,
payments from bonuses plus installments, and installments only. The minimum monthly payment is \10,000.
Changes with treatment:
Facial profile and tooth alignment before treatment
Facial profile and tooth alignment after treatment

Q3: When is the best time to start treatment and why?
A3: If you are concerned with your bite or tooth alignment, you should consult with an orthodontist as early as possible.
(The orthodontist would present you with an individualized orthodontic treatment plan.)
Generally, early treatment is most desired when there is a jaw-related or skeletal problem. For example, it is desirable to start orthodontic treatment of a crossbite at age 6 to 8. The growth and development of the upper jaw peaks while the child is in elementary school, and then gradually slows down. The lower jaw, on the other hand, continues to grow until near the end of the pubertal growth spurt at middle or high school ages. For these reasons, early treatment is said to be more desirable for a crossbite. In contrast, orthodontic treatment for problems arising from a discrepancy between tooth size and jaw size such as high canines and crowding should be initiated after all the permanent teeth have erupted. Orthodontic treatment for occlusal guidance should be initiated at elementary school ages. Early consultation with an orthodontist is recommended in all cases.

From "early detection and early treatment" to
"early detection and long-term follow-up"

Early treatment of skeletal crossbite

A case treated with the state-of-the-art orthodontic technique from the inside of the dental arch (lingual orthodontics).

Recently, there have been many adults seeking orthodontic treatment.
The availability of clear braces and lingual orthodontics has been a great boon to adult patients.

Photographs of the patient's face and mouth before treatment

Under treatment with the latest orthodontic technique (lingual orthodontics)

Photographs of her face and mouth after 2-year treatment.

What do we, orthodontic care providers, find rewarding, and troublesome?
A4: We can create a pleasing or super smile for every patient we treat.
Our happiest moment is when we see a wonderful, super smile of each patient when braces come off. Orthodontic treatment never fails to restore natural beauty to each individual patient. What troubles us most is frequent cancellation of appointments and poor oral hygiene causing decay or decalcification of permanent teeth and gum disease.

Q5: What are the things our office staff pays the greatest attention to during treatment?
A5: We always see to it that treatment is on schedule, that no tooth decay or gum disease is occurring, and that treatment is progressing efficiently.

Q6: What do we expect from our patients under treatment?
A6: * Keep their appointments without last-minute cancellations.
* Take a good care of the teeth and gums at home to prevent tooth decay and
*gum disease.
* Wear elastics and headgear for prescribed time and period.

If you are seeking orthodontic treatment or already under treatment,
feel free to ask us any question you may have.

We believe that a key to the success of orthodontic treatment is to
have a wonderful communicationbetween patient,
staff and doctor based on a relationship of mutual trust.