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What is an orthodontist?

An orthodontist is a specialist in the field of dentistry that deals primarily with malpositioned teeth and the jaws: their diagnosis, prevention, and correction. They team up with the dentist to achieve the best results.


Why come to an orthodontic specialist?

An orthodontic specialist has studied and trained exclusively on comprehensive orthodontic treatment for 2-3 years after dental school.


In order to see an orthodontist, do I need a referral from my general dentist?

No. While a family dentist may refer or suggest an evaluation to an orthodontist for treatment, it is not required for a visit with Bayer & Curtis Orthodontics.


What age should my child be seen by an orthodontist?

Around age 7, a patient should visit the orthodontist for an initial screening.


Do teeth straighten as they erupt?

No. As a patient ages and permanent molars erupt, the available space shrinks.


How do I schedule a first Appointment for my child or myself?

To schedule an appointment, call our office at (850)-244-8602, contact us through email or fill out our online form. Make an appointment


What happens during the initial complimentary consultation?

  • A full series of x-rays and photos will be taken
  • Discussion and diagnosis of any orthodontic concerns with Dr. Peter Bayer or Dr. Leigh Bayer Curtis
  • Estimated treatment length
  • Estimated cost of treatment with or without insurance
  • Treatment Coordinator will develop a custom financial plan to meet your family’s needs


Will I need teeth removed or extracted?

Not always. Modern treatments can often avoid extractions.


How long will orthodontic treatment be?

The usual time frame is 12-24 months, with 18 months being average. Both the treatment and the patient’s dental conditions can extend or shorten this time frame.


How much will orthodontic treatment cost?

Our practice has many financial options available for patients both with and without insurance, and we will work with you to get the most out of your insurance benefits.


How frequently will I need to come in for an appointment?

Usually, patients come in to see our orthodontists in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, every 5-10 weeks, depending on their individual orthodontic needs.


Does a parent need to be present for their child’s appointment?

No. However, we may want to go over the appointment details with a parent or guardian before or after the visit.


Are braces or Invisalign® uncomfortable?

Patients may encounter soreness following a visit, which is usually treatable with the over-the-counter pain relief. This should last only a few days. Many procedures will result in no pain at all.


Can I return to class following an orthodontic appointment?

Yes. The time length of your appointment is given to you when scheduled. All of our procedures are little, to no discomfort, letting you go about your regular, daily routine.


Does orthodontics use shots or needles?

No, none of our procedures require this.


Are my braces or Invisalign ever recycled or re-used?

No, every patient receives new brackets, wires, aligners and other orthodontic appliances.


With orthodontics, can I still play sports and/or my instrument?

Orthodontic treatment is acceptable in sports, although a mouth guard may be recommended. When playing an instrument with orthodontic treatment, it is an adjustment at first, but most of our patients adapt quickly.


Do I still need to visit my general dentist with orthodontic treatment?

Yes! It is important to visit your dentist for regular 6 month cleanings while being in treatment.


Are there food restrictions with orthodontic treatment?

With braces, yes. A food list will be provided. With Invisalign®, there are no restrictions due to you removing your aligners every time you eat.


How much should I brush my teeth with orthodontic treatment?

Regularly brushing your teeth before and after eating keeps your oral hygiene healthy and reduces risk of damaging your enamel.


What if something comes off or is uncomfortable?

If an orthodontic appliance breaks or comes loose, or if a patient has extreme enduring pain, call (850)-244-8602 to speak with our office.


Is orthodontics necessary if my child still has baby teeth?

Some cases require orthodontics before all the permanent teeth erupt. During your initial complimentary consultation, the cases that require this will be explained.


What is phase one or early treatment?

Phase one, or early treatment, addresses problems that arise during or may occur between the ages of 7 and 10 with baby teeth still present.


Does phase one or early treatment prevent the need for orthodontic treatment in the future?

Usually children receiving Phase one or early treatment will also need additional orthodontic treatment after further growth and development.


Can I still have orthodontic treatment with crowns or missing teeth?

Yes, orthodontic treatment is possible with restorative or missing teeth. A treatment plan will be customized for your individual needs.

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