Frequently Asked Questions

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What is Orthodontics ?

Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that specializes in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. The technical term for these problems is "malocclusion", which means "bad bite". The practice of orthodontics requires professional skill in the design, application and control of corrective appliances (braces) to bring teeth, lips and jaws into proper alignment and achieve facial balance. After college, an orthodontist must complete four years of dental school and then complete an additional two to three years of advanced specialist training in orthodontics.

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What makes Taylor Orthodontics Special?

We pride ourselves in the excellent service and highest quality of care we provide for our patients. In fact, Dr. Taylor's clinical expertise and excellent reputation are well known in the dental community, as Dr. Taylor has treated many of our area Dentists, their families, and staff.
Our patients receive the utmost in personal attention from Dr. Taylor and his entire staff. We do not deliver your care in assembly line fashion like many other orthodontic practices.
Your treatment is "state of the art". We use the latest and most advanced orthodontic technology. Dr. Taylor is very active in continuing education and is truly on the cutting edge of orthodontics.
Dr. Taylor treats many complex orthodontic cases, working very closely as a team with your Dentist and other dental specialists to ensure the best possible treatment results.
Dr. Taylor is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, Southern Association of Orthodontists, Florida Association of Orthodontists, South Florida Association of Orthodontists and the Dental Excellence Advancement and Learning Study Club.
We are very proud of the fact that dentists recommend us, that parents choose us and that kids love us!

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At what Age should a Child have an Orthodontic Exam?

Dr. Taylor strongly agrees with the American Association of Orthodontists in recommending that every child should have an orthodontic exam no later than age 7, when permanent teeth are beginning to erupt, or earlier if a problem is suspected. You do not need a referral to visit our practice, just call for an appointment.
Early diagnosis is very important in planning your child's treatment. Dr. Taylor can guide erupting teeth into more favorable positions, preserve space for the permanent teeth and correct jaw growth and development problems, thus, often avoiding the need for extraction of permanent teeth, or more serious jaw surgery procedures. Early treatment may also shorten treatment time, make treatment easier and in some cases less expensive.
For more information, you may want to read the article published by The American Association of Orthodontists about problems to watch for in Seven Year olds.


At what Age is a Patient too Old for Orthodontics?

You are never too old to improve the health and attractiveness of your smile. More and more adults are seeking treatment - in fact, more than 30% of Dr. Taylor's patients are adults. Adults can now choose to wear small, clear braces that are barely noticeable, or even removable, "invisible braces" (Invisalign™).
For more information, you may want to read the article published by The American Association of Orthodontics about problems to watch for in Adults.

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Why Should I Consider Braces?

Poorly arranged teeth can wear down prematurely and can trap food particles that cause tooth decay and gum disease. They can also lead to poor chewing which can further damage healthy teeth. Straight teeth will improve your smile, which is one of the most important features of your face.

Appearance has been related to popularity, social behaviors, personality style and self esteem. Treatment may reduce appearance-consciousness and the emotional scarring that can occur during critical development years.

Additional benefits may include better function, improved cleaning ability, more favorable wear patterns on the teeth and greater longevity of the natural teeth.

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Is Orthodontic Care Expensive?

Orthodontic treatment may actually eliminate the need for other costly medical and dental treatment. Furthermore, the physical and psychological benefits usually last a lifetime, making orthodontics an excellent investment in your health and quality of life! We offer several budget options so that finances don't stand between our patients and their desired treatment. We work with most insurance companies, and accept MasterCard and Visa.

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