Frequently Asked Questions
I work at Mayo Clinic. Can my insurance benefits be used at Collins Orthodontics, or only at Mayo Clinic?
Whether you have MMSI, Delta Dental, or MERP, your insurance benefits can be used at Collins Orthodontics. If you are a voting or consulting staff member at Mayo Clinic, then your orthodontic insurance benefit will often cover 100% of your family's orthodontic care at Collins Orthodontics.
Please make sure to bring your insurance information to your free consultation to find out how to maximize your Mayo Clinic Insurance benefits for orthodontic treatment.
Does Collins Orthodontics have any interest with the payment plans?
No. Collins Orthodontics does not charge any interest with our payment plans. We would like to make financing as easy as possible for all of our patients by not only offering 0% interest financing plans, but also automatic drafting from checking accounts or credit cards.
How long does treatment take?
Treatment time can vary from several months to nearly two years depending on the complexity of the case. We recommend scheduling a free initial consultation in order to determine your expected overall treatment time. Regardless, our goal is to provide high quality care in an efficient way to ensure the best result in the shortest amount of time.
How is an orthodontist different from other dental professionals?
An orthodontist is a specialist in the diagnosis and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. An orthodontist receives an additional two to three years of specialized education beyond dental school in order to learn the most effective, efficient, and proper way to align misaligned teeth. Orthodontists will focus all efforts of continuing education only within the specialty of orthodontics, ensuring that you are receiving the best and most specialized care possible.
Why should my child's first orthodontic visit occur by age 7?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that most children should have an orthodontic screening by age 7. This will allow us to assess the eruption pattern of teeth, and prevent, intercept, or correct any problems that may become more serious if left untreated at an early age. There are a number of indications for early orthodontic treatment, but the majority of young patients will simply be placed on a recall program in order to continue monitoring the eruption of their permanent teeth.
Am I a candidate for Invisalign?
Clear aligners are becoming a very popular treatment for teens and adults. Invisalign is a series of clear aligners that gradually straightens your teeth over time without the need for traditional metal braces. At your free initial examination we will let you know if you are a candidate for Invisalign. Most people are excellent candidates and we will have no problems. In the cases where we feel Invisalign may not be able to achieve the results you are looking for in a timely fashion, we will give our professional recommendations for what other types of esthetic treatment options would produce the best result. Regardless, our goal is to meet your needs.
Is there much discomfort with treatment?
Using the most current technology and very light forces, discomfort to the patient is much less than in years past. Our goal is always to keep you as comfortable as possible throughout your orthodontic treatment.
How often do I come for my appointments?
Usually we see patients every 6 to 10 weeks, which is much less frequent than in years past. Toward the end of treatment, we tend to see you more frequently to ensure the teeth are moving exactly as planned to give you a big and beautiful smile.
What can I expect at my first visit?
When you come to our office, you can expect being treated with professionalism and respect second to none. Your experience will begin with a warm greeting from our front desk, followed by a complimentary new patient exam and initial consultation. We will share our findings and recommendations from the new exam. If treatment is indicated, we will obtain initial records consisting of study models, photographs, and x-rays in order to establish an individualized treatment plan for your case. After we analyze the records, we will share our findings and begin treatment at your next visit.