Frequently Asked Questions

When looking for orthodontic treatment, it’s important to find the right orthodontist. We often get questions about our practice and orthodontic treatment, especially Invisalign® treatment, so we’ve compiled a list of some of the more common questions we’ve heard in the past. Don’t see an answer to a question you have here? Just give us a call, and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have.

What can I expect from my free consultation?

We’ll walk you through what to expect with orthodontic treatment from start to finish. We’ll scan your mouth to see what kind of treatment you need and help you choose the right option for you. When we’re finished discussing each treatment option, don’t forget to pick up a fresh-baked cookie on your way out!

What makes the Smile Ranch different from other orthodontists?

Unlike other orthodontists we base our cost on the amount of time spent on treatment, not the type of treatment. What this means for you is that the cost for traditional braces is comparable to the cost of Invisalign® aligners, if the treatment time is estimated to be about the same.

Where are you located?

We have five different locations throughout Utah, mostly located within Salt Lake County and Utah County, although you can also find us in Moab! Dr. Alan Jensen primarily helps patients at our Salt Lake City and Lehi locations or joins our other orthodontist Dr. Douglas Anderson at our South Jordan and West Valley locations.

Do I have to miss school to make my appointment?

We do our best to offer a variety of appointment times to make it possible to get treatment without missing school. However, there may be times that your student will have to miss school for an appointment, but we do our best to keep them short and fast.

What’s the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist?

All orthodontists are dentists, but not all dentists are orthodontists. Orthodontists spend a few more years in school to specialize in orthodontics. While some general dentists offer Invisalign treatment, if you want the best orthodontic treatment, you should find a licensed orthodontist who is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO).

Do I need to get a referral from my dentist?

No. You can choose whoever you would like for your orthodontic treatment. Most orthodontists offer a free consultation, so you can meet the right orthodontist for you!

Do I still need to go to my general dentist while I’m getting treatment?

Yes! It’s even more important to go to your general dentist while getting orthodontic treatment. While braces and Invisalign aligners are effective at straightening teeth, they do increase the risk of cavities if not properly taken care of.

How do I choose the right treatment for me?

We offer a variety of treatment options and we will walk through each one to help you choose during your free consultation. You can also take our quiz to get an idea of which treatment option is right for you.

Can orthodontic treatment be covered by my insurance?

Some insurance plans also include orthodontic treatment. If orthodontics are included in your policy, give us a call and we’ll let you know whether or not your treatment is covered with us.

Do you accept HSAs or FSAs?

Yes! Orthodontic treatment is often included as accepted uses of HSAs and FSAs, and we can accept them as payment. HSAs and FSAs can save you money, as they are funds you can use that are taken out of your paycheck before taxes. You can learn more about what HSAs and FSAs are and how you can use them for treatment.

How much does Invisalign treatment cost?

The cost of Invisalign treatment varies based on the severity of your case. The time of treatment varies on a case-by-case basis, so we can’t give an exact number. However, you can get a general quote during a free consultation with us.

How do Invisalign aligners work?

Invisalign treatment works by using a series of nearly invisible aligners that are custom-designed for your teeth. These aligners move and adjust your teeth with slight pressure. Once the teeth have moved from the aligner, a new aligner is used until your teeth are in the desired position.

What can Invisalign treatment fix?

Invisalign treatment can fix any number of issues that traditional braces can fix. Invisalign aligners are an effective solution for:

  • Underbite
  • Overbite
  • Overcrowded teeth
  • Crossbite
  • Widely spaced teeth

Am I eligible for Invisalign aligners?

We believe there are few people that Invisalign treatment can’t help, as they are just as effective or more effective than traditional braces. However, you can find the best option for you as part of our free consultation.

Does Invisalign treatment hurt?

While there may be a bit of discomfort and sore teeth when changing aligners, Invisalign aligners do not usually hurt. If you do experience some discomfort, we recommend taking some over-the-counter pain relievers such as aspirin or ibuprofen and eating soft foods.

I have more questions about Invisalign treatment. What other resources do you have?

We get a lot of questions about Invisalign aligners. You can read more about this treatment option on our Invisalign FAQ: Everything You Need to Know, or you can give us a call for any questions you have!

Am I too old for braces?

No! In fact, according to the AAO one in four orthodontic patients is an adult. If you’re worried about getting braces as an adult, you can choose a number of more invisible options, such as Invisalign aligners or ceramic braces to straighten your teeth without the appearance of traditional braces.

Read More: Braces for All Ages

What’s the difference between ceramic braces and traditional braces?

Ceramic braces are essentially the same thing as traditional braces, but instead of metal brackets, they’re white ceramic brackets instead. While they are more fragile than traditional braces, they are less visible and are just as effective as traditional treatment.

How does the Damon System work?

The Damon system works by self-ligating brackets that smoothly move your teeth without the little rubber bands that need to be replaced every few weeks. The Damon system is an effective treatment option, as it slides your teeth often more comfortably than braces do.

What should I do if my permanent retainer breaks?

If you had braces or other type of orthodontic treatment before and your permanent retainer broke, give us a call. You can read more about what you should do if this happens.

Have More Questions About Smile Ranch?

If your question isn’t answered here, we’re happy to chat with you! Give us a call and we’ll answer any questions you have. Ready to schedule your free consultation? We can set that up too.

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