FAQ

We are always excited about meeting new patients during their first visit to our office. Your initial appointment will consist of a thorough examination and a discussion of potential treatment options. This important 30 minute visit will give us insights into your orthodontic needs. We may at this time take diagnostic records. The records may include photos, X-rays and impressions for study models. During the initial examination, we will address the following questions that cover the basics of orthodontic treatment, as well as any additional questions you may have. Is there a condition that orthodontics can address? Is treatment needed now or should treatment be delayed until appropriate growth, tooth eruption or other factors have occurred? What treatment procedures will be used to correct the problem? Do any permanent teeth need to be removed?How long will treatment take? How much will it cost? What are my payment options? Prior to you first visit, you will receive a packet of information including a health history form. Please complete the form and bring it to your first appointment.

Comprehensive orthodontic treatment usually requires wearing braces or other devices between 12 and 24 months. Average treatment time is less than 18 months.

You may experience some discomfort during orthodontic treatment. This discomfort is easily relieved by taking a pain reliever like Tylenol.

You may leave a message on our answering machine at any time. If you need to speak with Dr Reed after office hours, you may call his cell phone at 785-820-1344.

Monday-Thursday 7:30am-12:00pm 1:00pm-4:00pm Friday 7:30am-1:00pm

The fee for initial consultation is $25.00.

When you wear braces, you need to be more aware of what you eat. Eating too many sugary and starchy foods can cause plaque to build up around the brackets, which can cause staining of the teeth, causing cavities or leading to gum disease. You should especially avoid sticky and chewy foods, such as dried fruits, caramel, taffy, corn on the cob and chewing gum, all of which can become stuck and be hard to remove from braces. Hard foods are another no-no. Foods such as nuts, ice, popcorn and beef jerky can break the wires of the braces and loosen the brackets. Even otherwise healthy foods, such as raw apples and carrots, can be problematic because their hard texture can damage the wires. To eat crunchy foods, cut them into small, bite-size pieces.

Braces may become loose, or wires may become bent or broken if instructions are not followed carefully. Permanent damage called decalcification of tooth enamel may occur if instructions for oral hygiene are not practiced.

All fees will be presented at the initial consultation visit. Typically, the treatment fee is paid in monthly payments for the expected duration of treatment. There is no interest or finance charge. Treatment fees are based on expected treatment time and complexity.

Yes, but it is very important to wear a protective mouth piece.

Sometimes braces may cause a sore inside the mouth. These are best prevented by using the soft wax we provide. If there is a wire poke or scratch, you may need to visit the office.

Most patients will receive retainers after orthodontic treatment. Retainer wear is very important to prevent shifting of the teeth called relapse.

CONTACT US

Dr. Alan V. Reed
920 East Cloud
Salina, KS 67401
(785) 825-7286 Office

LOCATIONS

Salina Main Office
Concordia Satellite Office
Ellsworth Satellite Office
Beloit Satellite Office