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Thank you for choosing our practice for your orthodontic care. We value the opportunity to learn more about you and discuss your orthodontic needs. Our team is committed to providing excellent care in a fun environment. The result is a beautiful smile that will take you anywhere you chose to go in life.
Your First Visit
Welcome to Monacell Orthodontics! We can’t wait to meet you. We know that everyone has different reasons for visiting the orthodontist, and we celebrate the individuality of every patient. Starting with your first visit, our mission is to provide you with exceptional care in a fun and helpful environment. See below for what to expect during your first visit to our office.
WHAT TO EXPECT
- Digital x-rays and photos
- Aesthetic treatment options
- Accelerated treatment options
- In house financing available
- No down payment options
- Accept payment from most insurance companies
During your FREE initial consultation, Dr. Monacell will work with you to determine the best possible approach for straightening your teeth and creating the perfect smile for you. This visit will take about an hour and Dr. Monacell will do a complete exam including photographs of your face and teeth along with digital X-rays if he needs them. He will then take measurements of your features and evaluate your bite to design a smile that is right for you. Dr. Monacell will then discuss your treatment plan and options, treatment length, and approximate total cost.
Monacell Orthodontics understands the busy schedules of our adult patients and parents so we reserve time in our schedule to get you started the same day.
Our goal is to provide you with exceptional, affordable treatment options that fit your budget, including:
- No down-payment
- Payments as low as $189/mo.
- Flexible Spending Accounts
- Credit card payments
- Paid-in-full discounts
- Flexible payment plans
WE ACCEPT INSURANCE
We are in-network with many insurance plans* and we accept assignment of benefits. Our team will work hard to make sure you receive the maximum orthodontic benefit allowed. We will also help in every way we can by filing your claim and handling insurance questions from our office on your behalf. If you have any questions about coverage or which plan to enroll in please call us!
We accept all major credit cards, checks, and cash. We care about protecting your identity, and all patient information collected is protected by industry-standard data encryption.
* Please note: We are not a participating provider with Medicaid.
True orthodontic emergencies are very rare, but when they do occur we are available to you. Generally, you should call the office when you experience severe pain or when you have a painful appliance problem that you can’t take care of yourself. Allowing your appliance to remain damaged for an extended period may result in disruptions in your treatment plan. We’ll quickly be able to schedule an appointment to resolve the problem.
If you need to reach our on call technician, please call 804-690-3806 and leave a message. Someone should call you back within 20 minutes.
Don’t worry, you’ll be eating popcorn and snacking on corn chips again in no time! However, before you can start enjoying some of the treats you love, you will need to take special care to avoid any foods that could damage your new appliances.
Foods to Avoid
- Chewy foods: bagels, hard rolls, licorice
- Crunchy foods: popcorn, ice, chips
- Sticky foods: caramels, gum
- Hard foods: nuts, candy
- Foods you have to bite into: corn on the cob, apples, carrots
- Chewing on hard things (for example, pens, pencils or fingernails) can damage the braces. Damaged braces will cause treatment to take longer.
When you get your braces on, you may feel general soreness in your mouth and teeth may be tender to biting pressures for three to five days. This can be relieved by rinsing your mouth with a warm salt water mouthwash. Dissolve one teaspoonful of salt in 8 ounces of warm water and rinse your mouth vigorously. If the tenderness is severe, take whatever you normally take for headache or similar pain.
The lips, cheeks and tongue may also become irritated for one to two weeks as they toughen and become accustomed to the surface of the braces. You can put wax on the braces to lessen this. We’ll show you how!
Loose Wire or Band
Don’t be alarmed if a wire or band comes loose. This happens occasionally. If a wire protrudes and is irritating, use a blunt instrument (the back of a spoon or the eraser end of a pencil) and carefully, gently push the irritating wire under the archwire. If irritation to the lips or mouth continues, place wax or wet cotton on the wire to reduce the annoyance. Call our office as soon as possible for an appointment to check and repair the appliances. If any piece comes off, save it and bring it with you to the office.
It’s more important than ever to brush and floss regularly when you have braces so the teeth and gums are healthy after orthodontic treatment. Patients who do not keep their teeth clean may require more frequent visits to the dentist for a professional cleaning. Adults who have a history of gum disease should also see a periodontist during orthodontic treatment.
Playing Sports with Braces
Game, Set, Match — we have great news for athletes! You can still play sports even while undergoing orthodontic treatment! If you do play sports, it’s recommended that you wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth and your appliance. In case of a sports emergency, be sure to immediately check your mouth and appliance for damage. If you notice any loose teeth or appliance damage, please contact our office right away. You can temporarily relieve the discomfort by applying wax or rinsing your mouth with warm saltwater.
To help alleviate soreness, you can also take Tylenol, Advil or Aleve as directed. Dr. Monacell recommends that you take Aleve the night before your appointment and also the morning of your appointment, to help relieve soreness.
What’s the best time to start orthodontic treatment?
Orthodontic treatment can be started at any age. Many orthodontic problems are easier to correct if detected at an early age before jaw growth has slowed. Early treatment may mean that a patient can avoid extractions, surgery and more serious complications. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child first visit an orthodontist by age 7 or earlier if a problem is detected by parents, the family dentist, or the child’s physician. However, there is no specific age for treatment. In fact, twenty to twenty-five percent of orthodontic patients today are adults.
What is Phase I and Phase II treatment?
Phase I Treatment, if necessary, is for children between the age of 7 and 10 who usually do not have all their adult teeth. This phase usually lasts between 6 and 12 months and is used to address significant developing problems that may become worse if not treated early. Phase I Treatment can often make future treatment shorter and help avoid invasive procedures such as tooth extraction and exposure of impacted teeth.
How long does orthodontic treatment take?
Treatment times vary on a case-by-case basis, but the average time in the US, according to research, is 28 to 32 months. Accelerated treatment options could shorten your treatment time to 12 – 18 months.
Will braces interfere with playing sports or playing musical instruments?
No. However, there may be an initial period of adjustment. Invisalign is the most convenient option for athletes and allows for musicians to maintain their embouchure. If you elect to have braces, we will give you a special mudguard to make it possible to participate and advise you on products to help protect your lip while playing certain instruments.
Should I see my general dentist while I have braces?
Yes, you should continue to see your general dentist every four to six months for cleanings and dental checkups. Keeping your teeth clean is very important and can be difficult depending on your orthodontic treatment.
Do you treat TMJ?
Yes. Dr. Monacell is extensively trained in the treatment and diagnosis of painful and functional problems associated with TMJ. We provide an holistic approach to diagnosis to determine the right treatment and management of TMJ. Dr. Monacell treats TMJ problems at his Richmond Dental Sleep Medicine practice. Learn more at www.richmonddsm.com.