Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist?
An orthodontist is a specialist in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics, while dentists focus on treating diseases and conditions that affect teeth and gums. Orthodontists are dentists, but only 3-5% of dentists become orthodontists. An orthodontic specialist is trained and qualified to diagnose and treat maloclussions (teeth, bite and jaw irregularities). Dr. Cline was actually a general dentist for several years before becoming an orthodontist which gives him a unique holistic perspective.
Do you charge for an initial visit?
No. Your initial consultation is complimentary and includes all diagnostic images and x-rays.
At what age should a child be seen by an Orthodontist?
It is recommended that children be screened by an Orthodontist after the six-year molars erupt and the front permanent teeth just start to appear. This is usually between the ages of six and eight. The purpose of early evaluation is to inform and observe, more than to start treatment. At this early age, an Orthodontist can identify and discuss potential orthodontic needs. A small percentage of patients at this age may need some form of intervention. Habits are evaluated, medical issues are discussed and an observation schedule is arranged.
Do you take patients transferring from out of town?
Yes. We will contact your prior Orthodontist to retrieve your records and images. We can also contact your insurance to continue coverage at our office. Fees will be prorated based on the remaining time to completion.
Can I make all my appointments in the afternoon after school and late in the day?
Consultations and the initial application of braces, which take about 60-90 minutes, may need to be scheduled during school hours. We can provide a doctor’s note. After school appointments are generally reserved for regular check ups and adjustments which require about 30 minutes and take place every 4-6 weeks during treatment. All-Star Orthodontics is happy to offer evening and weekend hours to make orthodontic treatment as easy and convenient as possible for adults and children.
Do you offer payment plans?
Yes. Whether or not you have insurance or a dental plan, we will structure a convenient payment plan that will allow you to pay for necessary services over a period of time that usually coincides with your treatment plan. Our plans are interest free and tailored to fit your budget.
Do you accept Care Credit?
Yes. We are a participating doctor with Care Credit. We can accept current accounts as well as start a new account for you in house. Care Credit is a third-party financing option that may have plans that better fit your preferences. Learn more at www.carecredit.com.
Do you have automatic payments?
Yes. We accept all major credit cards and HSAs as well as checks. If your payment plan is on autopay, your card information is encrypted and secure using our PCI compliant practice management software.