FAQs: Answers from Dr. Ana Castilla

Here at Castilla Orthodontics, we love it when our patients ask us questions. Whether you are currently in treatment or just considering care at our office, it gives us a chance to share what we know and address any concerns. We feel information and communication are the keys to putting you at ease. Dr. Ana Castilla is more than willing to answer your questions.

How old does my child have to be to get braces?

This is a very common question. There is no hard and fast age – every patient is different. At Castilla Orthodontics, we recommend that children receive their first orthodontic evaluation at age 7. There are circumstances where 7- to 10-year-olds need braces. We call treatment at this young age “Phase I.” Remember that skeletal and chronological age does not necessarily match dental age.

What are some of the indicators that my child may need braces?

There are special circumstances where Phase I treatment is needed. If you or your dentist see any of the following, call us today for your complimentary evaluation:

  • Severe crowding
  • Cross-bite (anterior or posterior)
  • Thumb-sucking habits causing protrusion
  • Impacted teeth
  • Skeletal (jaw) discrepancies leading to incorrect bite (e.g. narrow upper jaw, small lower jaw)

What happens if I wait to do something about my child’s bite?

When it comes to your child’s teeth and bite, it’s often best not to wait. Remember, it’s not just about straight teeth – if your child’s bite is off, problems can arise. For example, having a large overbite can result in injury, inability to eat fibrous foods like salads, and can also affect speech. Additionally, timing is critical. Because your child is growing, we can take advantage of this growth when correcting certain malocclusions (incorrect bites).

Last, but not least – how much do braces cost?

These days, we all have to watch our pocketbooks. That is something we not only understand here at Castilla Orthodontics, we also value it. We have made it easy for you to work within your budget when it comes to your child’s braces. Did you know that we offer a complimentary evaluation for any would-be patient? The evaluation process at Castilla Orthodontics consists of:

  • Photographs
  • Panoramic x-ray
  • Comprehensive exam done by the doctor
  • Customized treatment plan
  • Estimated treatment time and cost

We even check the insurance benefits to give you the most accurate estimate possible. You’ll also leave with a folder containing all the information you need to make an informed decision.

And, through October 30, 2014 we are offering $250 off Phase I treatment or $500 off comprehensive treatment.  We hope that you will be able to take advantage of this offer. You can call us at (503) 399-0721 for your complimentary evaluation.

A final word

We hope that some of your questions have been answered. If you have more questions or are looking for an orthodontist in the Salem, Oregon area, Dr. Ana Castilla and her experienced team would love to talk with you.