Your First Visit

Every smile that we create starts with a free consultation. At this appointment, it is our chance to get to know you and find out what your main concerns are. This is a no-pressure visit with Dr. Bohman to see if orthodontic treatment is needed, if now is the right time for treatment, and what the treatment options are for your specific treatment needs. In order to properly diagnose your malocclusion (how your teeth fit together), we will do the following at this appointment:

  • Photographic records of your teeth
  • Panoramic radiograph
  • Cephalometric radiograph

In addition to these records, Dr Bohman will also spend one-on-one time discussing the diagnosis and treatment plan going forward. Our treatment coordinator will also go over your insurance coverage and our flexible, no-interest financing options.

Dr. Bohman and his team try to make your first visit as educational as possible. We want to make sure that you know exactly what needs to be done and why. When you leave the office, you will have all of your questions answered!

Financing & Insurace

Bohman Orthodontics is an in-network preferred provider for all major PPO plans and we accept assignment of orthodontic benefits from most other insurance plans (some HMO plans excluded). If the insurance information is provided when scheduling the new patient exam, we will have your insurance benefits ready for you at your first appointment as a courtesy to you.

Dr. Bohman feels that finances should not stand between you and a confident, beautiful smile. To help make the process as easy as possible, we offer several payment options, all of them with no interest and some even extending beyond the length of treatment. Our financing is automatically processed through OrthoBanc on a monthly basis. In addition to insurance discounts, we also offer multiple family member and paid-in-full discounts. It is really that easy!

Appointment Policies

We know that your schedule is very busy, which is why we have put so much time designing our schedule to make it as efficient as possible. Our goal is to allow you to be seen on time for your appointment, do all necessary scheduled treatments, make your appointments as stress-free as possible and minimize interruptions to your schedule. We realize that your time is very valuable!

When active orthodontic treatment begins, our patients are seen every 6-10 weeks, on average. In order to maximize convenience of the before and after school appointments, we do schedule the longer appointments during the day. Please note that all appointments are made on a first-come first-served basis and if you schedule the next appointment early, you will have a wide selection of available appointments.

Dr. Bohman utilizes state-of-the-art technology and treatment methods that straighten teeth efficiently and require fewer office visits. We are committed to providing you with the best orthodontic service available and to make your treatment as convenient as possible.

Your First Days With Braces

When you first get your braces, you may notice that your teeth and mouth feel tender or sore and your braces feel like they “stick out.” This is perfectly normal and we promise your mouth will not be sore forever! As you become accustomed to your braces and tooth alignment improves, this sensation and soreness will disappear. Every patient is different. Some will only experience discomfort for about a day while others will take closer to a week to feel back to normal. Hang in there!

To relieve the pain of sores on the lips or cheeks, we recommend dissolving one teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of lukewarm water. Swish and gargle this solution in your mouth for just a couple of minutes (do not swallow the saltwater).

If the pain is more severe and does not go away after rinsing, you can also try taking a pain reliever. It is also not uncommon for your lips, cheeks, and tongue to become irritated for one to two weeks as they toughen and become used to the braces. We are happy to give you some wax that you can put over the braces to lessen the tenderness. If you need some wax, please let us know.

Oral Hygiene

One of the most important things a person can do to achieve a beautiful smile is to brush and floss properly every day. Patients who do not keep their teeth clean may require more frequent visits. One of our trained assistants will instruct you how to properly clean your braces and teeth. Additionally, on every visit to the office we will inform you at how well you are doing on your brushing and flossing. If needed, we will spend some time showing you the areas you are missing and ensuring you have any hygiene tool you need, including a new toothbrush, Oral B triumph electric toothbrush, floss threader, etc. It is also very important to maintain your regular check-ups with your primary care dentist!

At Bohman Orthodontics, we feel so strongly about good hygiene that we reward our patients with reward points for brushing well, regular cleaning, no new cavities and more which are redeemed for exciting prizes. The true reward for your good oral hygiene will come the day your braces come off!

Orthodontist or Dentist

Good for you!

You are taking time to learn how to take the best care of your oral health! So you visit your primary care dentist for your routine cleanings, to remove or repair teeth and to fill cavities, but who should you see to straighten your teeth? Who addresses the alignment of your jaws or fixes your malocclusion or bad bite? Your ORTHODONTIST is the professional that has the 2-3 years of additional training to best treat these problems!

Emergency Care

True orthodontic emergencies are very rare, but when they do occur we are available to you. As a general rule, you should call the office when you experience severe pain or when you have a painful appliance problem that you can’t take care of yourself. Our emergency page system makes our whole team available to you 24/7! We’ll be able to schedule an appointment to resolve the problem.

Have an orthodontic emergency while on vacation? Dr. Bohman is a part of several study club networks. This means that he interacts daily with almost 200 orthodontists across the nation (and some around the world). Let us know if you are on vacation need help and we will get you to another great orthodontic office as soon as possible!

Orthodontic FAQs

Below is a list of frequently asked questions regarding orthodontics and the various forms of treatments. If you have a question that is not addressed below, please feel free to contact us.

General Questions

  • A more attractive smile
  • Better function of the teeth
  • Increase in self-confidence
  • Reduced appearance-consciousness during critical development years
  • Increased ability to clean the teeth
  • Improved force distribution and wear patterns of the teeth
  • Better long-term health of teeth and gums
  • Guide permanent teeth into more favorable positions
  • Reduce the risk of injury to protruding front teeth
  • Aid in optimizing other dental treatment
  • Upper-front teeth protrude excessively over the lower teeth, or are bucked
  • Upper-front teeth cover the majority of the lower teeth when biting together (deep bite)
  • Upper-front teeth are behind or inside the lower-front teeth (underbite)
  • The upper and lower-front teeth do not touch when biting together (open bite)
  • Crowded or overlapped teeth
  • The center of the upper and lower teeth do not line up
  • Finger- or thumb-sucking habits which continue after six or seven years old
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Teeth wearing unevenly or excessively
  • The lower jaw shifts to one side or the other when biting together
  • Spaces between the teeth

No, it is not. Many of our patients are referred by their family dentist, yet many other patients take the initiative to schedule an examination themselves.

Yes, you should continue to see your general dentist every six months for cleanings and dental checkups.

Orthodontic treatment can be started at any age. Many orthodontic problems are easier to correct if detected at an early age before jaw growth has slowed. Early treatment may mean that a patient can avoid surgery and more serious complications. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child first visit an orthodontist by age seven or earlier if a problem is detected by parents, the family dentist or the child’s physician.

A surprising percentage of our patients are adults. In fact, 25 percent of all orthodontic patients are over 18 years of age. Health, happiness and self-esteem are vitally important to adults. No patient is “too old” to wear braces!

Braces use steady gentle pressure to gradually move teeth into their proper positions. The brackets that are placed on your teeth and the arch wire that connects them are the main components. When the arch wire is placed into the brackets, it tries to return to its original shape. As it does so, it applies pressure to move your teeth to their new, more ideal positions.

Treatment times vary on a case-by-case basis, but the average time is from one to two years. Actual treatment time can be affected by rate of growth, and severity of the correction necessary. Treatment length is also dependent upon patient compliance. Maintaining good oral hygiene and keeping regular appointments are important in keeping treatment time on schedule.

Phase I, or early interceptive treatment, is limited orthodontic treatment (i.e. expander or partial braces) before all of the permanent teeth have erupted. Such treatment can occur between the ages of six and ten. This treatment is sometimes recommended to make more space for developing teeth, correction of cross bites, overbites, under bites, or harmful oral habits and sometimes to reduce spacing. Phase II treatment is also called comprehensive treatment, because it involves full braces when all of the permanent teeth have erupted, usually between the ages of eleven and thirteen.

It is best to assume that your child will need full braces even after Phase One treatment. The period following Phase One treatment is called the “growth and developmental phase” during which growth and tooth eruption are closely monitored. Throughout this period, parents and patients will be kept informed of future treatment recommendations.

Teeth, and sometimes entire facial structures, are permanently changed by orthodontic treatment. It is important that the treatment be appropriate and properly completed. Dr. Bohman has extensive and specialized training that enables him to provide professional, personalized treatments.

Early Treatment

While orthodontic treatment can begin at any age, there is definitely a recommended time to begin your treatment. Starting at an early age ensures the best possible result with the least amount of cost and expense. The AAO (American Association of Orthodontists) has recommended that children receive their first orthodontic evaluation at the first sign of a problem, usually between ages 7 and 8. At such an early stage of development, treatment may not even be necessary, but being vigilant from an early age can ensure a long future with a happy, healthy smile.

By evaluating potential problems early in a child’s development, you create a greater opportunity for effective treatment. Vigilance and early intervention will help guide healthy growth and development. This will help to prevent serious problems down the roar. Even if intervention isn’t necessary, Dr. Bohman can monitor your child’s development and better call for treatment when it may be necessary.

As early as age 7, a child’s first adult molars have begun to come through, establishing the position of the backbite. It’s at this time an orthodontist can begin to assess the relationships between the child’s teeth. Early, vigilant screening decreases the chance of future problems developing.

There are numerous advantages to starting treatment early in a child’s development. Some of these advantages include making room for crowded teeth that are just beginning to erupt, influencing jaw growth to ensure facial symmetry, leaving space for teeth that have yet to erupt, and reducing the risk of facial trauma due to protruding front teeth. Early treatment with braces also greatly reduces the amount of time and money spent as compared to an adult.

There is more to orthodontics than just improving the smile. Treatment also improves bad bites, which can lead to larger medical problems later in life. A bad bite is known as a malocclusion, which can occur as a result of misalignment in the teeth or jaw. These malocclusions can have a negative effect on not only smile, but the way you chew, your ability to clean, and your overall self esteem.

The AAO states that untreated orthodontic issues like malocclusions can result in litany of other problems. With crowded teeth, cleaning and maintenance efficiency can drop, and you may not be able to floss effectively. This can contribute to issues like tooth decay and gum disease. With protruding teeth, you’re more prone to accidental chipping. From speech impediments to tooth wear, malocclusions need to be handled quickly, the earlier the better.

Braces

The placement of your braces will not hurt at all, although there may be some soreness or discomfort in the hours and days immediately placement. Over-the-counter medications can help with soreness or muscle ache, but make sure to consult the doctor before you take anything.

The length of your treatment will depend on the plan decided upon between you and the doctor. Factors affecting the length of treatment can include the severity of your misalignment, patient compliance, age, and even height! That said, a typical round of orthodontic treatment can last between 12- 24 months.

Appointments for adjustments are generally scheduled 6-10 weeks apart.

Dr. Bohman recommends monitoring as early as age 7, though treatment may not be necessary.

Nobody is too old for a beautiful smile!

With advances in technology, your options are as diverse as you are! From traditional metal wire-and-bracket braces to the more concealed lingual and Invisalign options, you can choose whatever treatment fits best for you.

Yes. Once treatment begins, we will explain the complete instructions and provide a comprehensive list of foods to avoid. Some of those foods include: ice, hard candy, raw vegetables and all sticky foods (i.e. caramel and taffy). You can avoid most emergency appointments to repair broken or damaged braces by carefully following our instructions.

Patients should brush their teeth at least four times each day – after each meal and before going to bed. We will show each patient how to floss his or her teeth with braces and may also provide a prescription for a special fluoride, if necessary.

No. It is recommended, however, that patients protect their smiles by wearing a mouth guard when participating in any sporting activity. Mouth guards are inexpensive, comfortable, and come in a variety of colors and patterns.

No. However, there may be an initial period of adjustment. In addition, brace covers can be provided to prevent discomfort.

Invisalign

The virtually invisible aligners, which are made of a thermoplastic material uniquely developed for the Invisalign treatment plan, look similar to teeth-whitening trays. A series of Invisalign aligners are custom-made for you, to move your teeth in the sequence determined by your doctor.

Over the course of treatment, you will be supplied with a series of aligners. Each aligner will make slight adjustments to tooth position, a process that is mapped out in advance by your doctor, specifically for your situation. When the aligners are placed on the teeth, they cause the teeth to gradually shift from their current position. After approximately two weeks, you will begin using the next set of aligners, which will continue the teeth straightening process.

While the specific length of treatment will depend on the severity of your case, and should of course be determined by Dr. Bohman, the average length of treatment for adults is right around one year. For teens that amount of time can vary drastically, so be sure to consult Dr. Bohman.

It is recommended that aligners are worn 22 hours/day to maximize effective treatment. Only remove your trays when eating, brushing, and flossing.

You and Dr. Bohman will work out a specialized treatment plan personalized to your needs, though generally speaking you will see your doctor every 8-12 weeks.

So far, over 4 million patients around the world have been treated with Invisalign! And with so many people seeing great results, that number is growing daily.

Invisalign Teen

The virtually invisible aligners, which are made of a thermoplastic material uniquely developed for the Invisalign treatment plan, look similar to teeth-whitening trays. A series of Invisalign aligners are custom-made for you, to move your teeth in the sequence determined by your doctor.

Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible. No one may even notice that you’re wearing them, making Invisalign a seamless fit with your lifestyle. Invisalign aligners are removable. For the best results and a timely outcome, aligners should be worn for 22 hours per day. However, unlike with braces, you have the flexibility to remove your aligners to eat and drink what you want during treatment. And you can also remove the aligners to brush and floss as you normally would, for fresh breath and good oral hygiene.

There are no metal brackets or wires that could cause irritation to your mouth, an advantage over traditional braces. Plus, since your office visits during treatment don’t involve metal or wire adjustments, you’ll likely spend less time in the doctor’s chair. Invisalign allows you to view your virtual results and treatment plan before you start so you can see how your straightened teeth will look when your treatment is complete. Instead of imagining how much better it can be, you’ll be able to see it for yourself.

The length of treatment depends on the severity of your case and can only be determined by your doctor; however, the average case takes about 12 months for adults. The length of time necessary for a teen patient may vary and can be determined by your doctor.

The best way to clean your aligners is to use the Invisalign Cleaning system, available for order at www.invisalignstore.com As a secondary method, however, your aligners can also be cleaned by brushing them and rinsing them in lukewarm water.

This varies from person to person and depends on the outcome of the treatment. Some patients might need a positioner, or conventional retainer. Other patients might need a clear plastic retainer similar to the ones Invisalign makes, such as Align Technology’s Vivera Retainer, which is worn at night. Discuss this with your dentist. Every patient is different, and outcomes vary.

We know cost is a big question for anyone considering orthodontic work. In most cases, Invisalign treatment is comparable to the cost of traditional braces. However, as with other medical treatments, only your doctor can determine the cost, based on your specific needs. Other factors may include your treatment goals, the difficulty of your case, how long you are in treatment, where you live, your orthodontic insurance coverage, and additional factors determined by your dentist or orthodontist. In the U.S., the cost of Invisalign treatment ranges from $3,500 to $8,000, with the national average at about $5,000.

Adult Treatment

Of course adults can need orthodontic treatment! Untreated childhood issues with the jaw and teeth as a child can create developmental problems in adulthood. Other times adults may have received treatment as children and not worn prescribed retainers to hold the new position of the teeth. The result of this can be crooked and misaligned teeth. Regardless of your age, orthodontics is a wonderful solution to adults who want their smile to shine.

Of course not! Orthodontic treatment is blind to age. The myth that treatment is only for kids has been proven increasingly wrong. Today more adults are getting their teeth straightened with braces than ever before. Whether it’s a health concern or merely cosmetic, braces are for people of all ages.

The bigger question is why wouldn’t an adult get braces? Reasons can range drastically, a new job, a wedding, or just a want to improve your confidence and self-esteem; your reasons are your own. Orthodontic treatment will give you a healthy bite, a rejuvenated smile, and help you keep your teeth for life. With amazing advances in orthodontics, your can be sure that your beautiful smile will last a lifetime.

There are some orthodontists that specialize in treating adults, but most are qualified to treat patients of all ages.

Orthodontic problems can be caused by many things. It all depends on the type of malocclusion. Most people can be classified between 1-3, depending on the severity of the problem.

Good oral hygiene is extremely important to a healthy orthodontic plan. You must brush your teeth after every meal to avoid the buildup of plaque and also to avoid decalcification. Try using disclosing tabs to see spots you may be missing, and before you know it you’ll be an expert!

Retention

That all depends on you! The answer can vary based on your length of treatment, how well you’re keeping up with your appointments, and your tendency for relapse. Dr. Bohman will develop a specific set of instructions for wear. Make sure you follow them! For most people, you need to wear your retainers for as long as you want your teeth straight!

They do. Take a look at their teeth and see if they’re perfectly aligned. Odds are the teeth have shifted after treatment. By wearing a retainer you ensure that your teeth will look perfect for years to come.

Hold on to them! They can come in handy if you break or lose your primary retainer.

Absolutely! How else are we going to make necessary adjustments?

Make sure to brush your retainer whenever you brush your teeth. Give them a rinse with mild soap and water as well.

Your retainer will be custom-fit and created to fit your mouth and your mouth alone, but teeth can shift, and a retainer can break if it is forced onto your teeth after a shift has occurred. Retainers are also susceptible to explosions and fire, as well as curious pets. Keep your retainer safe!

Orthognathic Surgery

Orthognathic surgery involves a single or double jaw operation to to correct jaw alignment. Malocclusion can result in jaw pain, headaches, neck pain, and a misaligned facial profile. Once the jaws are placed back in alignment, the health of your soft tissue increases greatly.

A malocclusion is a misalignment or incorrect relation between the teeth of the two dental arches when they approach each other as the jaws close.

Proper jaw function is affected by malocclusion, and can result in the improper chewing of food. Contact between the upper and lower jaws are impeded and can cause negative influence on things like digestion and overall body health. When your teeth are crowded, as happens with malocclusion, food can accumulate, leading to tooth decay and poor overall oral hygiene.

Specific cost can vary drastically for different clients. Dr. Bohman is available to answer all of your questions!

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