Hopefully, this email will save you from having to spend that first hour in the orthodontist office. I think I just spent it for you, asking all the questions any parent might ask. Here are the answers I got from Dr. Rebecca Kuperstein who has been treating children and adults as the only inner southeast orthodontist at her offices just a block off of Laurelhurst Park 539 SE 39th.
What is the ideal age to make a first visit to the dentist and the orthodontist? First visits to the dentist can be made between 1 and 3 years old. A good guideline is 6 months after the first teeth start coming in. These visits are usually done just sitting in a parent’s lap, getting used to the dentist office.
First visits to an orthodontist are best made at 7 or 8 years old. There are some bite alignment issues that can but don’t always get noticed by a general dentist that should be treated at this time.
It’s not quite like saving for college but what should we all expect to spend on a child’s orthodontic treatment? Most orthodontists don’t charge for the first consultative visit so there is no savings in waiting. An early consult can let you know what to expect down the road.
I’ve been taking Claire and Emily (my 8 and 11 year old) for regular 6 month visits to Rebecca free of charge until either of them start to need treatment.
The low for treatment is $1,500 and more complex treatment can run as high as $6,000. Insurance policies typically cover 50% of a set amount that is usually around $1,000 to $2,000 so it can be a surprise cost for families with insurance that discover they need larger treatments than insurance will cover. With some planning, there are ways to get annual tax savings on the costs.
I’ll be sharing information from Parkside Orthodontics once a quarter in our emails, including information on adult orthodontics too. If there is information you would like me to include, please let me know. You can reach Rebecca directily at: www.parksideortho.com
Supporting each other and supporting local businesses helps keep our community strong. Thank you Rebecca for being a Know Your Neighbor sponsor.